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Digital Social Science Perspectives on the War in Ukraine

NIAS Postdoctoral Researcher Myunghee at SODAS Lunch Talk


Since Spring 2022 the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Copenhagen have hosted Lunch Talks, where researchers from the Faculty have offered their analyses and perspectives on the war in Ukraine in a series and faced questions of interested listeners. At the talk on the 9th September three SODAS researchers will offer their perspectives on the war along with colleagues from the Faculty.

NIAS Postdoctoral Researcher Myunghee Lee will present the Chinese narrative towards the Ukraine War.

Find more information on the event here.

Time and date: 12.30  - 13.30 (CEST), 09 September 2022
Organizer: Copenhagen Centre for Social Data Science (SODAS)

Global-Local Dynamics of Order. A Theory of Civil-Military Adaptation

Hybrid Lunch Talk

NIAS is inviting you to our next lunch talk with Cornelia Baciu presenting her research on Global-Local Dynamics of Order. This talk presents a middle range theory of civil-military adaptation, showing that militaries change differently than previously understood. The research draws on primary data collected by the author during field research in four sample regions in Pakistan: Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar.

Dr. Cornelia Baciu is a Researcher at the Centre for Military Studies Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen. She specialised in global governance, normative orders and conflict research. Cornelia Baciu was a teaching and postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg, and the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. She is author of Civil-Military Relations and Global Security Governance. Strategy, Hybrid Orders and the Case of Pakistan (paperback 2022) and co-edited Peace, Security and Defence Cooperation in Post-Brexit Europe (with John Doyle, 2019).

Join the lunch talk either online or in person at Øster Farimagsgade 5, Building 12.2, (Entrance E).

Find more information on the event here.

Time and date: 12.30  - 13.30 (CEST), 14 September 2022
Organizer: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies

 Living in Interesting Times: Patterns and Problems in Contemporary Thai Politics 

TS 4 Webinar

Join us (NIAS), New York Southeast Asia Network, and Sydney Southeast Asia Centre for a new TS4 Webinar with Professor Hicken (University of Michigan) delving into some of the complex issues impacting contemporary Thai politics.

The last quarter century has been politically tumultuous, even by Thai historical standards. In this talk Professor Hicken will discuss the evolution (and de-evolution) of political attitudes, behaviors, and institutions in Thailand. The talk will highlight the changes he observed (both promising and worrisome), as well as some surprising continuities. 


Find more information on the event and register here.

Time and date: 16.00  - 17.30 (CEST), 15 September 2022
Organizer: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies,
 Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, New York Southeast Asia Network  


CfA: NIAS Virtual SUPRA Programme

Autumn Semester 2022, November Intake 

Are you writing your PhD or Master thesis during the Autumn semester of 2022?

We still have 3 available spots for our NIAS SUPRA Programme in November 2022. If you're writing your thesis, make sure to apply for the online four-week programme designed to further your thesis and academic profile! 

The programme includes:
• Individual academic mentoring
• Feedback sessions on your thesis work
• Thorough introduction to the AsiaPortal resources
• Sessions on publishing in academia
• Sessions on career development and how to create an academic presence online
• Opportunity to create an academic podcast
NB: Applicants from NNC institutions will be prioritized.
Find more information and the application form here.


Deadline: 30 September 2022
Organizer: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies


CfP: Asia in Focus 

Asia in Focus has found a new home at the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University! After several years of managed at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Copenhagen University, the journal has moved across the Öresund to Sweden. 

The journal publishes Asian Studies research broadly conceived, including both humanities and social sciences, but not linguistics.

The new editors aim to maintain the emphasis helping early-career researchers publish high quality articles. They will ensure authors receive in-depth feedback on their work, in order to enable them to reach a high standard. They thus demand a high standard from our authors, both in original submission, but especially where authors are invited to resubmit. 

Read more about the submission requirements here.

Deadline: 30 September 2022
Organizer: Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies at Lund University


New episodes in the #NordicAsiaPodcast

Looking for a listening experience full of researchers' insights on Asia? Try the Nordic Asia Podcast, co-hosted by NIAS, CEAS and ASIANETTVERKET. 
Since the last NIAS Update, we've released the following episodes:


Give it a listen on your favorite podcast streaming platform or find it here

News from the Asia Portal

InFocus blog- Call for Contributions

In Focus is a forum for articles with a focus on Asia. We welcome well-written contributions from early career researchers as well as senior researchers on topics with relevance to modern and contemporary Asia. The blog has existed since 2008 and hold contributions on a number of different topics over the years.
The target length of the articles is 800-1000 words. If you have an accompanying picture, please feel free to include it with your submission.
You can send your submission to with the subject 'New blog submission'.
Contributions are reviewed on a rolling basis when sent to us. 


Office copies arrived 

'Community Still Matters' edited by  Aysima Mirsultan, Eric Schluessel and Eset Sulaiman


Last week finally our office copies for 'Community Still Matters' have arrived. We're still facing huge delays in our shipment and printing of hardcopies, affected by Covid and global supply chain crises. We're trying to fix the issue as best as we can and sincerely apologize if yours haven't been delivered yet! 

'Community Still Matters' brings together twenty essays that explore many aspects of the Uyghur world and draw upon the innovative work of one of the field’s leading figures, Ildikó Bellér-Hann. Although covering a wide range of subjects at the intersection of anthropological fieldwork, discursive analysis, textual studies, and social history, these diverse essays offer a rare glimpse into Uyghur life and culture. 

The Festschrift is now available in our webshop and wherever you buy your books!

#Insights into the publishing business 

Adding on to the office copies, our dear friend and former colleague Marie Yoshida stopped by our office to pick up her hardcopies last week. 

Marie (left) was heavily involved in the organization and administration of our recent contribution. She was also responsible for the cover design. When asked about that experience , she expresses relief that the color of the cover turned out blue and not purple. Editor-in-Chief Gerald (right) explains the complications that come with designing coves today. On screen regularly only 3 colors can be displayed (red, green and blue), whereas the actual printer uses four colors (cyan, yellow, magenta, black) when materializing the book. With regards to ‘Community Still Matters’, Marie explains how she went to the university print facilities to get a test print of (what she thought was) the final cover. Turns out, the color was just not right and needed adjustment. Subsequently, ‘Community Still Matters’ cover page now shines in deep blue, resonating well with the illustration of Marwayit Hapiz (2003). 

Click the button below to visit our website and see what it looks like with your own eyes. 

We thank Marie loads for all her work and support, which was so crucial for the success of the publication of the book. Tak also for stopping by and hopefully see you soon!

To the book

'Jin Ping Mei' off to print! 

We're delighted to announce that our recently presented book 'Jin Ping Mei. A Wild Horse in Chinese Literature' edited by Vibeke Børdahl and Lintao Qui has gone to print this week! 

The late 16th-century novel Jin Ping Mei is considered one of the six classics of Chinese literature but also something of a wild horse, its graphically explicit depiction of sexuality earning it great notoriety. The present volume aims to draw together the fragmented scholarship on Jin Ping Mei and help future generations to understand and appreciate this important work.

Jin Ping Mei is scheduled to be our for sale at the end of October 2022. We'll keep you updated along the way. 

To the book


 Environment and Society in Taiwan

Digital Lecture

The Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Stockholm University invites to this online lecture with Prof. Dr. John Chung-En Liu, National Taiwan University presenting the environmental transformation that Taiwan has experienced in the past few decades and the contemporary environmental challenges Taiwan currently deals with. 

Find more information on the event here.

Time and date: 10.00  - 12.00 (CEST), 12 September 2022
Organizer: Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Stockholm University

How the War in Ukraine is Changing Asian Geopolitics


The Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies at Lund University invites to this lecture on the war in Ukraine and its changing dynamics in Asian Geopolitics. The Centre is joined by experts on Asian international politics such as Julie Yu-Wen. University of Helsinki; Karl Gustafsson, Stockholm University and Catarina Kinnvall, Lund University.

Find more information on the event here

Time and date: 15.00  - 17.00 (CEST), 14 September 2022
Organizer: Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies at Lund University

Understanding Laws with Chinese Characteristics How the War in Ukraine is Changing Asian Geopolitics

Hybrid Seminar 

The Finnish China Law Center will hold a hybrid seminar on the topic of ‘Understanding Laws with Chinese Characteristics’ on 16 September 2022. The event is part of the Center’s new mini seminar series on topical issues of Chinese law

The speakers include Ronald Brown, Law Professor at the University of Hawai’i Law School,  Martin Lavička, Assistant Professor at Department of Asian Studies at Palacky University Olomouc, and Julie Yu-Wen Chen, Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Helsinki. Professor Brown will present on Chinese Labor Practices, Treaties, Uyghurs, and CAI. While Professor Lavička and Professor Chen will discuss Recent Development of the Rule of Law with Chinese Characteristics.

The event is free and open to all audiences. You can attend the seminar via Zoom or in person at Room P668, 6th floor of the Porthania Building (Faculty of Law), University of Helsinki, Yliopistonkatu 3. The organizers ask for registration by by 13 September. Click here.

Time and date: 10.15  - 11.45 (CEST), 16 September 2022
Organizer: The Finish Law Center

 Taiwanese Documentary Film between Atrocity and Hope

Digital Lecture

The Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Stockholm University invites to this online lecture with Prof. Dr. Lawrence Z. Yang, National Yang Ming-Chiao Tung University. Contextualizing four documentary films selected for this series against Taiwan’s emerging movements of environmentalism, judicial reform, indigenous renaissance, and decolonization, the talk will highlight how the documentary film form has evolved from propaganda weapon into a powerful artistic medium with which Taiwan’s civil society envision its future beyond military exigency and developmental imperatives.

Find more information on the event here.

Time and date: 10.00  - 12.00 (CEST), 19 September 2022
Organizer: Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Stockholm University

Chinese Migration to the Americas during an Era of Racial Exclusion


The Asia Research Institute of the National University of Singapore invites to this talk by Albert Manke. Manke investigates Chinese migration to the America's as well as some of the 'secret societies' during the nineteenth century and explores to what extent their networks can be understood as a mechanism to cope with exclusion and discrimination.

Find more information on the event here.

Time and date: 10.00  - 11.00 (CEST), 20 September 2022
Organizer: Asia Research Insitute at the National University of Singapore

Agricultural and Rural Transformations in China


ThinkChina under the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen invites to this seminar on the development of China’s rural heartlands and the urban-rural linkages. 

Find more information on the event here.

Time and date: 15.30  - 17.30 (CEST), 22 September 2022
Organizer: ThinkChina

 Workshop for Young Sinologists

Digital Lecture

In order to promote and enhance the understanding of Sinological and Taiwan Studies resources in Taiwan for future Sinologists, the National Central Library Taiwan is going to hold a three-day introductory workshop on archival research and digital humanities. Participation is free but limited. The workshop contains a keynote speech, five lecture courses, two guided tours within NCL and a full day trip to two major historical sites in Taipei.

Find more information on the workshop and register here.

Deadline: 29 September - 1 October 2022 
Organizer: National Central Library Taiwan 


CfP: European China Law Studies Association Annual Conference 2022

The 16th Annual Conference of the European China Law Studies Association

The European China Law Studies Association is a major international venue to gather scholars, practitioners and policy makers to debate on the development of law in China from both comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives. The annual conference of the ECLS is a leading international academic forum for the exchange of information and ideas on Chinese law, as well as a platform for the initiation of research collaboration. The Annual Conference Organizing Committee is now inviting submissions for inclusion in the Conference 2022 programme.

Read more about the call here.

Deadline: 21 September 2022 
European China Law Studies Association

CfP: Articles for Asia in Focus

Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University

Asia in Focus is a peer-reviewed journal published online twice a year by the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University. Initiated to provide Masters and PhD students with a widely accessible and transnational forum to publish their findings, the journal accepts submissions (academic articles, academic essays, book reviews) from students from all European institutions of higher education.

Read more about the submission requirements on AsiaInFocus’ website.

Deadline: 30 September 2022 
Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies

CfP: Graphic Narratives: Thinking through Visual Research

Asia Research Institute, and the NUS Department of Japanese Studies

Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore invite scholars and artists interested in visual storytelling, to present their work at a two-day workshop at the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore. The workshop aims to foster conversations on graphic narratives, particularly, comics, and their numerous conceptual and methodological possibilities. While we are interested in narratives in the Asian context, we are open to papers that explore topics that cut across regions.

Read more about the call here.

Deadline: 5 October 2022 
Organizer: Asia Research Institute

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