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Call for papers: Asia in Circulations

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

9th Annual International ADI Conference 
26-28 June 2017 - Asian Dynamics Initiative - University of Copenhagen 

The 2017 annual ADI conference addresses the question of ‘the Asian century’ that is yet to be fully examined. We attend to the ways in which new connected histories, flows and connections both within, and beyond, territoriality are taking shape. What kind of circulatory worlds are produced through these multiple connections forged across temporalities via commodity trade, investments, human migration, technology, tourism, religion, art, literature and other forms of cultural consumption? How has Asia historically circulated beyond its territorial boundaries? And how do these circulations shape the contemporary world?

We invite abstracts for paper presentations addressing Asian circulations and dynamics in a global context, but especially welcome perspectives relating to one of the panels listed below.

Arms race in Asia? The role of China’s military rise for the powers in Asia 
Conveners: Bertel Heurlin, University of Copenhagen; You Ji, University of Macau

Asian accelerations
Conveners: Lars Højer and Stine Simonsen Puri, University of Copenhagen

Branded Nation: Image, Commodity, Surplus
Convener: Ravinder Kaur, University of Copenhagen

China’s borderlands in the making of the nation
Conveners: Ildikó Bellér-Hann and Edyta Roszko, University of Copenhagen

(En)countering sexual violence in the South Asian city
Conveners: Atreyee Sen and Emilija Zabiliute, University of Copenhagen; Raminder Kaur, University of Sussex

Exhibiting Asian Modernities
Conveners: Jens Sejrup and Oscar Salemink, University of Copenhagen

Globalization, international trade and economic policy
Convener: Jakob Roland Munch, University of Copenhagen

"Going comparative" in Asia
Convener: Jun Liu, University of Copenhagen

Research for change: reconfiguring society and politics through theory and engagement
Convener: Dan V. Hirslund, University of Copenhagen

The politics of local food movements in Scandinavia and East Asia
Conveners: Anders Riel Müller, NIAS; Erik Mobrand, Seoul National University; Hyejin Kim, Singapore National University; Niels Heine, Aalborg

University Trade and translation of Buddhist material culture across Asia
Conveners: Trine Brox, University of Copenhagen; Emma Martin, University of Manchester

Urban struggles, digital obstruction
Convener: Mark Philip Stadler, University of Copenhagen

Deadline for submitting abstracts to Marie Yoshida ( is 1 March 2017. Please include in your submission:

  • Name, institutional affiliation, short bio
  • Abstract that clearly lays out the title, argument and methodology (approx 250 words)
  • Intended panel (if applicable)

Conveners and organizing committee will assess the submitted abstracts and inform you of the decision soon hereafter.

More information at the conference website here.

Photo: Henrik Johannson

“Insight into the Nordic Region: NordMap and the State of the Nordic Region”

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 14:30 to 16:00

“Insight into the Nordic Region: NordMap and the State of the Nordic Region” Guest Lecture by Julien Grunfelder, Senior Cartographer/GIS Analyst, Nordregio

Brief description of the talk
Julien is going to introduce two products that are developed by Nordregio aiming at gaining insight on socio-economics aspects of the Nordic Region. The first one, State of the Nordic Region, is a bi-annual report and the second, NordMap, is an interactive web-mapping tool. Both include data on socio-demographics indicators at municipal and regional levels in the Nordic Region.
Julien will also introduce activities at Nordregio having a link with Asia.
Background information on NordMap and the State of the Nordic Region report:
The report is the fourteenth volume in the series “Regional Development in the Nordic countries”. The report draws on the latest available statistics to present an analysis of demographic changes, labour market trends, education, economic performance, and developments in accessibility and infrastructure. For the first time, the report includes a Regional Potential Index, which highlights the strengths and weaknesses of the 74 Nordic Regions in relation to one another, and identifies the regions with the strongest growth potential. More info at: an easy and free to use web-mapping tool is here! Are you working with regional planning in the Nordic Region? Or perhaps just interested in regional and municipal differences between Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Åland when it comes to ageing population, labour force or even gender ratio? With NordMap you can create maps with data harmonised by Nordregio and adjust them to your needs with just a few clicks – share it, save it and use it any way you like! NordMap is easy to use and you don’t need any previous mapping experience.
VenueNIAS - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Meeting room 18.1.08, building 18.1, Øster Farimagsgade 5

Asia brown bag: Legacies of Detention in Myanmar

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 12:30 to 13:30
NIAS and ADI invite you to a brown bag lecture by Dr. Andrew M. Jefferson and Dr. Tomas Max Martin from the Danish Institute Against Torture.
Our presentation will focus on the background and rationale for our study of Legacies of Detention in Myanmar (2016-21) exploring why prisons are an ideal empirical and analytic site for generating knowledge about the changing relationship between state and citizen in Myanmar. We also hope to share ethnographic insights from preliminary fieldwork conducted in February/March 2017 and begin the conversation with colleagues much more knowledgeable of the region than ourselves.
Based at the Danish Institute Against Torture, Dr. Andrew M. Jefferson and Dr. Tomas Max Martin both specialize in the ethnographic study of prisons and prison reform processes in the global south with particular focus on countries undergoing transition. Until recently they focused mostly on the understudied field of prisons in Africa, founding the Global Prisons Research Network, designed to bring together researchers involved in field-based studies of prisons in the south. Thanks to a grant from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs they have now turned their attention to Myanmar, a paradigmatic case for studying prisons and reform processes in historical and contemporary context.
Place: NIAS, CSS, room 18.1.08
Feel free to bring your own lunch. There will be coffee/tea.

6th Sino-Nordic Women and Gender Studies Conference

Sunday, August 27, 2017 to Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Conference call - call for Abstracts!

6th Sino-Nordic Women and Gender Studies Conference

- gender and generation in times of change


This conference focuses on gender and generations in times of social and economic change, in particular economic crises, migration and environmental challenges. In China and the Nordic countries processes of industrialization, urbanization, deregulation, migration and globalization have had profound effects on gender and generational relations that display both differences and similarities. They relate to gender and generational aspects of family life, family-work relations, ageing societies, the situation of the younger generations, popularization of higher education, the expanding middle class and emerging precariat, the environment and sustainable development, and the increasing inequalities between different groups and classes. All this has far-reaching impacts on the conditions for gender equality work and academic research practices.

Venue: University of Oslo, Norway
Time: August 27-30th 2017

Registration: please use the registration form at
Deadline: 15th December 2016

Keynote speakers

  • Michael Kimmel, Professor of Masculinity Studies and Sociology at Stony Brook, New York, USA
  • Yan Yunxiang, Professor of Anthropology and Chinese Studies at UCLA, Los Angeles, USA
  • Pun Ngai, Professor of Social Sciences at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China
  • Pei Yuxin, Assoc. Professor of Social Work at Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China
  • Lene Myong, Professor of Gender Studies at the University of Stavanger, Norway
  • Helene Aarseth, Assoc. Professor of Gender Studies and Sociology at the University of Oslo, Norway

Read the full call for abstracts here