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Ask Ryding-Hernæs new worksplace student at NIAS

Ask Ryding-Hernæs is from China Studies at University of Copenhagen and will be at NIAS for the next 6 months.

Asks explains about his thesis "With my basis on a publication by Ji Xianlin, a renowned Chinese scholar of ancient languages and history who is largely unknown in Western China studies, my thesis explores Ji Xianlin and his political significance and investigates narratives of national identity expressed in the publication. I analyse this in the context of political ideology and propaganda in contemporary China."

Current SUPRA students at NIAS

Désirée Remmert, PhD, London School of Economics and Political Science
Topic: A Comparison of Decision-Making Processes and Future Aspirations among Urban Chinese and Taiwanese Young Adults.

Pinchuk Anastasiia, University of Turku
Topic: Loneliness and Ageing Society in Japan: Case Study of the Elderly in Sendai Finland Wellbeing Center.

Désirée and Anastasiia

Wilson Center CONTEXT: Who Owns the Arctic? Part I

NIAS Researcher Aki Tonami participated in the international panel of experts at the "Arctic 2014: Who Gets a Voice and Why It Matters" at The Wilson Center, Washington DC. 

Tensions over security, access, and environmental impacts in the Arctic are rising. While members of the Arctic Council (Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, the United States) assert their established rights under new circumstances, an increasing number of non-Arctic states (including China, Korea, Japan, and Singapore) seek an active role in the region.

In part 1 of this series, “Focus on the Arctic,” an international panel of experts describes why one of the world’s coldest environments is becoming a hot topic.


Heather Conley, Center for Strategic & International Studies
Marlene Laruelle, George Washington University
Robert Huebert, University of Calgary
Willy Østreng, Norwegian Academy of Polar Research
Aki Tonami, University of Copenhagen
Anne-Marie Brady, Woodrow Wilson Center and the University of Canterbury, New Zealand

More information here.


New student assistant at NIAS

Lennart Niemelä is a new student assistant at NIAS, working with the SUPRA Program and NIAS LINC.

I have a M.Sc. in Asian Studies, specializing on Southeast Asia. I am interested in social movements and strategies of mobilization and resistance in the Philippines. Right now I am studying additional courses to enhance my previous studies. At the moment I am taking a course in Religion and Politics at Lund University.

Extended deadline! SUPRA Nordic Scholarship for MA and PhD students Autumn 2014

If you are working on a MA or PhD thesis during Autumn 2014 and need some inspiration, literature or simply just time to write on your thesis, then NIAS has something to offer: the Nordic Scholarship!

The Nordic Scholarship covers inexpensive travel to Copenhagen, two weeks board and accommodation plus a working place at NIAS! A perfect chance to concentrate on your thesis, have inspirational talks with our researchers or collect material in Northern Europe's most comprehensive Asian studies library.

More information about SUPRA students' experiences at NIAS and practical information as well as application form.

NB: SUPRA scholarships are primarily for students from NNC member institutions.

Extended deadline for application: 1 July 2014

For more information, please contact

Current SUPRA students at NIAS

Eveliina Kiema, Turku University
Topic: Secutization in East Asian Power Struggle in the Context of Arctic Cooperation

Jenni Lehtonen, Turku University
Topic: Capital punishment and its representation in Japanese Media

 Jenny and Eveliina

New student assistant at NIAS

Rakel Haslund-Gjerrild is the new student assistant at NIAS, working with the SUPRA Program and NIAS LINC.

I am currently studying for two BA degrees; one in Comparative Literature and one in China Studies at Copenhagen University. One day these two may merge into a MA in Chinese Literature. Right now I am using my time trying to figure out the use of literary categories and literary vocabulary in the early modern Chinese literature.

Women in China's development, interview with Min Dongchao

Professor Min Dongchao has been interviewed by journalist Mette Holm for Kinabladet. They talk about Chinese women's possibilities in China since the 1950s and up till now, starting from Min Dongchao's own personal experiences during the Cultural Revolution and onwards.

To read the interview, please open the attached document (from page 6 unfortunately in Danish only).

Presentations from Stig Toft Madsen, NIAS, recent visit to India

Senior Research Fellow at NIAS Stig Toft Madsen has travelled in India recently to follow the elections.

While in India, Stig also gave several interviews and presentations, below you can find the links to a couple of these.

Talk at Nehru Memorial in New Delhi on the farmers’ movement and globalization in Karnataka. To listen to the presentation, please click here

Interviewed for the program called Indian Standard Time by Jyoti Malhotra on Rajya Sabha TV. The interview is available on Youtube, click here

Current SUPRA students at NIAS

Leena Eerolainen, University of Helsinki
Topic: Personification of the Social Monstrous in 21st Century Japanese Horror Cinema

Aleksi Ilpala, University of Helsinki
Topic: Collective Actions and Common Interests: The Role and Perspectives of Trade Unions in the Democracy Developement of Nepal

Leena and Aleksi