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NIAS Nordic Institute of Asian Studies signs collaboration agreement with the new China National Renewable Energy Center.

As part of the opening ceremony of the new China National Renewable Energy Center (CNREC) in Beijing 24 February NIAS’ Chief Librarian Anja Møller Rasmussen will sign a memorandum of collaboration with CNREC represent by Director Wang Zhongying.

The two institutions acknowledging past collaboration and inspired by the extensive possibilities offered by international collaboration,  recognize the need to develop and nurture new partnerships and to share human and material resources, with the aim to contribute to the pool of global knowledge on renewable energy, advance the development of our respective organizations and create opportunities for a joint approach to cooperation between the Nordic countries and China in the development of renewable energy R&D systems.

New workplace student at NIAS

27 february NIAS has the pleasure of welcoming a new workplace student.

Josipa Bicanic is studying for a Master degree in International Development and Management at Lund University. In her thesis, Josipa focuses on "In the context of our current globalized food system, how have available agricultural extension services shaped agricultural development in rural communities of Western Nepal as well as in Eastern USA.

New guest researcher at NIAS

Vu Thi Thao is currently a guest researcher at NIAS. She received her PhD in Human Geography from University of Copenhagen. She graduated BA Economics from National Economics University (Vietnam) in 2002. Vu Thi Thao was awarded a fellowship from the Ford Foundation for pursuing her master’s degree in Geography and Geoinformatics at University of Copenhagen. In 2007, she received an employment contract from University of Copenhagen for doing her PhD degree.
Dr. Vu has been working in the areas of women’s migration, gender, families, population policies, and development in Vietnam for more than 6 years. Her work has been published in Population, Space and Place, and in Asian Population Studies. Dr. Vu will stay at NIAS until 30 April 2012.

Here are a few titles of recently published articles:
"Making a Living in Rural Vietnam from (Im)mobile Livelihoods: a Case of Women's Migration"
"‘DOING FAMILY’ - Female migrants and family transition in rural Vietnam"
"Mobile, flexible, and adaptable: female migrants in Hanoi's informal sector"

Book donation from Korean National Library has arrived!

The NIAS Library has been further recognized in East Asia as an important gateway to the Nordic Asian studies community. The Korean National Library has provided us with 1700 books, which will bring our collections on Korea up to date in the fields of social science and the humanities. Together with the yearly donations from the Korea Foundation, we are now very well equipped to serve our Nordic readership in Korean studies.

New publication

Guest researcher at NIAS Thao Thi Vu has just had her paper Making a Living in Rural Vietnam from
(Im)mobile Livelihoods: a Case of Women’s Migration 
published in the journal Population, Space and Place. 

PhD course: Doing Gender Studies in Global Contexts: 24-26 October Nordic Centre, Fudan University, Shanghai

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 to Friday, October 26, 2012

This PhD course introduces and discusses theory and knowledge production in gender studies from interdisciplinary social sciences and humanities perspectives using the Nordic countries and/or China as examples and concrete cases.

The course will focus on the very practical level of actually doing gender studies in terms of issues such as:
• the use and development of gender theories
• the relationship between the political promotion of gender equality and academic research
• developing epistemologies and methodologies
• how the inclusion of a gender dimension makes a difference in the academic production of knowledge

Travel report by Nicol Foulkes

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 11:00
In January I made a two week field trip to the Indian cities Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. The primary purpose of the trip was to re-connect with networking groups, informants and the cities themselves as they too have undergone a lot of change in the two and a half years since I was there last.

“Workers’ History Prize” for Bo Ærenlund Sørensen, NIAS Affiliate

Bo Ærenlund Sørensen, who has his workplace at NIAS, has won this year’s “Workers’ History Prize” for his MA thesis about Chinese labor mobilization 2000-2010. The prize is awarded annually by The Danish Workers’ Museum and The Society for Research in the History of the Labour Movement for the best thesis or dissertation pertaining to labour affairs. In addition to a reward of 15,000 DKK, the prize involves giving a lecture and publishing an article in the Workers’ History journal. Bo is now applying for a PhD position with a project that explores the importance of social media and communications technologies for the Chinese labour movement.

One Year On: A Symposium Commemorating '311', the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011

Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 13:00 to 16:00

A year has almost passed since what Japanese call ‘311’ - or the Great East Japan Earthquake of 11 March 2011 – a tsunami and nuclear disaster that shocked the world. As people in Japan prepare to commemorate the first anniversary of the event, Danish scholars studying Japan and their Japanese counterparts studying in Copenhagen have decided to join together to hold a three-part symposium dedicated to 311. This symposium intends to ask - What challenges have the Japanese faced over the past year? How are they coping with and responding to them? What did they learn? What insights and implications can they share with us, and what can we share with them?

The three-part symposium consists of:

  • Key note speech: “Reflecting on a year since 311: what we did and what we learned” by Professor Chiharu Takenaka, Rikkyo University (Tokyo, Japan), who will talk about activities that she undertook in the year since the earthquake by involving students, NGOs, journalists, and afflicted local communities in providing support to the disaster victims and developing a healing and learning process for all involved.
  • Panel discussion #1: “Civil engineering dimension of 311” by Dr. Anni Greve (Roskilde University) & Dr. Kazuyoshi Nishijima (DTU) will explore issues on city planning, debate about safety regulations of buildings and nuclear plants, and challenges of the conceptualization of risks.
  • Panel discussion #2: “Civil society dimension of 311” by  Dr. Annette Hansen (Aarhus University) & Dr. Aki Tonami (NIAS) will examine mobilization of support for the disaster victims through social media, international aid and collaboration, and the evolution of voluntary groups in Japanese society since the Kobe earthquake in 1995.

Throughout the symposium, time is set aside for discussion among the panellists and with the floor. We cordially invite all those who are able to gather with us to reflect and learn, as well as to commemorate the anniversary of the disaster that took lives of so many people.
The symposium is organized and hosted by the Copenhagen 311 Committee (Chair: Professor Takashi Suganuma, Rikkyo University & Roskilde University), with close support from NIAS -  Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Asia Research Centre of Copenhagen Business School, Roskilde University Department of Society & Globalization, and NIHONJINKAI / Den Japanske Forening i Danmark.
Participation is free of charge, but registration is required.
Please write to Katrine Herold <> no later than Wednesday, 7 March 2012 at 12.00 noon.
Time: 13:00 – 16:00, Thursday, 8 March 2012
Venue: Alexandersalen, Copenhagen University
             Bispetorvet 1-3, 1167 Copenhagen

Coffee, tea and snacks will be served prior to the event.

Aung San Suu Kyi praises NIAS Press book

Sean Turnell’s Fiery Dragons – has been making its mark in other ways. Not only has this critically acclaimed study now been listed as recommended reading in the latest edition of the Lonely Planet guide to Myanmar/Burma but also, at a recent meeting with the author, Aung San Suu Kyi praised the book and declared the author to be her ‘favourite economist’. In a note to the Press, he commented wryly, ‘given the standing of the profession, that might not mean a lot!’
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