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New publication by NIAS researcher

Affiliated researcher Stig Toft Madsen has published the article "Legal monism and white violence in South Asia" in The Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law, 45:1, 24-41

New publication by NIAS researchers

Stewart Watters and Aki Tonami have written "Japan og Singapore i Arktis: Overvejelser for Grønland", TIDSSKRIFTET GRØNLAND, 1/2013, pp.2-17.

There is a growing awareness in the Nordic region of Asia’s increased interest in the Arctic region and Arctic affairs, including in relation to Greenland. However, with the possible exception of China, there has been little Western scholarly work to analyze exactly why Asian countries are interested in the Arctic. Looking at the Arctic engagement of Japan and Singapore, this paper finds that their interest in the Polar Regions is not necessarily a new phenomenon and that Arctic policy, as with the development of other foreign policy objectives, is a complex mix of national, bureaucratic and group interests. For Greenlandic and Danish policymakers, it may be useful to understand the genesis of Japan and Singapore’s Arctic policies and that their interest is complex and multi-faceted.

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Review: Arctic Governance and Japan’s Foreign Strategy

NIAS Researcher Aki Tonami has written a blog  article for the Arctic Institute, Review: Arctic Governance and Japan’s Foreign Strategy.

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Current SUPRA students at NIAS

Tobias Fast, Lund University
Topic: Decentralization – a panacea for equitable inclusion?

Samuel Costa, Lund University
Topic: Go West Young Man: the role of Infrastructure Investments
in China

New associated PhD at NIAS

Sanna Schliewe is a new associated PhD student at NIAS from 1 May.

Sanna is a PhD student from the new Niels Bohr Professorship Centre for Cultural Psychology at Aalborg University, where my project is linked to the core ”Globalization and Intervention”. The aim of my PhD project is to provide new psychological insight about how humans manage to live meaningfully between societies – as temporary immigrants in unfamiliar environments far away from their place of origin. Focus is on Danish expatriates and their domestic workers in India. Based on extensive fieldwork, the project will explore how understandings of self and others is tranformed in everyday encounters. Drawing on a combination of cultural psychology and phenomenology, the project will generate new knowlegde and research tools for the psychology of migration. Moreover, the project aims at providing knowlegde to be used to prepare practitioners working globally with intervention under potentially complicated circumstances.

Sanna will be at NIAS until November 2013.

Current SUPRA students at NIAS

Anastasia Volkova, University of Turku
Topic: New directions of the Japanese management system: Case study of Toyota and Honda Corporations.

Jesper Svensson, Lund University
Topic: Environmental activism in China: Collective action in an Authoritarian Context

SUPRA Nordic Scholarship for MA and PhD students Autumn 2013

If you are working on a MA or PhD thesis during Autumn 2013 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.

Deadline for application: 1 June 2013

For more information, please contact

NIAS Library closed on 1 May

NIAS Library will be closed for the holiday on 1 May.

In Focus: Japanese politics at the crossroads


On the In Focus blog right now Dr Hiromi Sasamoto-Collins at University of Edinburgh and NIAS Press author, writes about Japanese politics at an historical cross-roads as the country is facing a number of domestic and international challenges.
In her book “Power and Dissent in Imperial Japan: Three Forms of Political Engagement“, which will be published by NIAS Press in August, Dr Hiromi Sasamoto-Collins looks at the democratic legacies of Japan which she argues can provide inspiration and hope for a better and fairer future both within and outside Japan.