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We welcome two new SUPRA Students at NIAS!

Afroja Khanam is a doctoral student at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lapland and assistant professor of political science at the Jagannath University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Currently, she is also a Finnish Cultural Foundation Research Fellow at the University of Lapland. At present Afroja is working on her PhD titled, “Climate Change and Development Induced Migration and Displacement in Bangladesh: An Analysis of Dynamics of Power and Agency”.
Katriina Löytty is a master’s student from the University of Tampere, Finland. She is working on her thesis in the topic of distributed knowledge work - case global software development. The thesis examines the different factors that are involved in shaping the collaboration and productivity of teams that work together across geographical, socio-cultural and temporal distances. She conducted fieldwork in India during the spring 2015 as part of the study.

Arctic Science Diplomacy: A Case of Managing the Rise of China

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 13:00

Roundtable with Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen, Professor of Northern Studies and Barents Chair in Politics at the Department of Sociology, Political Science and Community Planning at the University of Tromsø-The Arctic University of Norway.




Venue: NIAS-Nordic Institute for Asian Studies (meeting room), CSS 18.1 (Entrance E), Øster Farimagsgade 5, Copenhagen, Denmark

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Available Spot at the NIAS PhD Office

Monday, February 8, 2016

Be a PhD Guest Researcher at NIAS!

NIAS is happy to host PhD students on contemporary Asia.

Visiting PhD-candidates share an office with three other PhD-candidates. When evaluating applications we consider potential synergies between the candiates and the researchers at NIAS.

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We welcome two new SUPRA Students at NIAS!

Eva Coratella is an Italian student of University of Turku, Finland. She is working on her Master’s thesis “From the Great Famine to the Food Waste: The Role of Memory in the Rise of Awareness.” She has conducted fieldwork in Shanghai as a language student of Fudan University. The purpose of her research is to investigate whether the memory of the Mao’s Great Famine (1958-1961) has had an influence on the eating behaviour of the Maoist generation. Moreover, the research analyses whether an intergenerational transfer of memory between the elder and the present generation has occurred.



Lars Olav Aaberg is a Norwegian master student in Gender Studies at Centre for Gender Research at University of Oslo. He is also a student affiliate at Norsk Institutt for By- og Regionforskning (NIBR) in Oslo. His master thesis examines the construction of masculinities in an urban slum in the context of a women-specific self-help group in Kerala, South India. His thesis is largely based on ethnographic data he gathered during an extensive fieldwork period in Kerala while a Research Affiliate at Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram.

NIAS Research Seminar: Birdwatching in Japan

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 13:15 to 14:15

Birdwatching is a serious hobby with elements of science, sports and leisure. Based on two months’ visit to Japan, Stig Toft Madsen reports on birdwatchers, their equipment, “twitching” and messaging services, mechanisms for screening sightings, the institutional set-up in the voluntary sector, the relation between academic ornithologists and non-academics, overseas birders, international networking and tourism, and the role of the imperial family.

Time: 2 February 2016, 13:15-14:15
Venue: NIAS Meeting Room, Øster Farimagsgade 5, DK-1353 Copenhagen K, Denmark

We welcome two new SUPRA Students at NIAS!

Prakruti Ramesh, PhD, University of Aarhus

Topic: Cartoons, Public Space, and the Making of a Regional Imaginary


Liz Kiziukiewicz, MA, Lund University

Topic: The Arctic dimension of the Sino-Russian cooperation as an exercise in the image projection in international relations

We welcome two new SUPRA Students at NIAS!

Soe Myint AungUniversity of Oslo, is working on his PhD: The Politics of Democratization in Burma/Myanmar: How the Mode of Transition Defines the Outcome



Fan LiUniversity of Oslo, is working on his MAsustainable hydropower development - human rights perspective

Welcome to the two new SUPRA Students

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Moumita Sen, University of Oslo, is working on her PhD: “Clay-Modelling in West Bengal.”






Knut Aukland, University of Bergen, is working on his PhD: “Devotion and Leisure: Hindu Pilgrimage and Domestic Tourism in India.”


Asia in Focus Issue 2 out now!

We are proud to announce the release of Asia in Focus, Issue 2. In the second issue you will find works on collective memory in Taiwan, on the creation of a colonial consciousness in early 20th century Japan, on youth activism in Myanmar, on the motorbike revolution in Vietnam, and on how the ‘green lung of Bangkok’ is being threatened.

Click here to read the e-journal or visit the website to download the entire journal or individual articles.

Please do share the news about the latest issue with your colleagues, students, departments and networks.



Call for Articles and Reviewers for Asia in Focus, Issue 3:

Asia in Focus is a Nordic journal on Asia published by NIAS - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies. Over the years, NIAS has helped new scholars at Nordic member institutions reach an audience outside their own turf, by giving courses on how to publish and how to reach a global readership. With Asia in Focus, we have taken this one step further and offer early career researchers a unique opportunity to publish their work: we provide more focused guidance and feedback than they would get from a mainstream journal, and give full recognition and respect to the stage scholars are at on their academic career ladder.

We kindly invite Master students and Ph.D. students from the humanities and social sciences, who are affiliated to a Nordic institution, to submit an academic essay or academic article on a subject involving one or more Asian countries (from Central Asia to Oceania, excluding Australia and New Zealand) for Issue 3. 

We now also welcome article submissions all year round, and are keen to expand our editorial team with additional external reviewers. 

More detailed information can be found in the attached Call for Articles and on the journal website Please print and share the attachment with your colleagues, students, departments and networks.

For further enquiries, email the Editorial Team at

Important Dates

Deadline for submission: February 1, 2016
Publication date: June 2016



Asia Brown Bag Lecture: Trine Brox and Miriam K. Zeitzen

Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 12:00 to 13:00

NIAS and ADI invite you to a brown bag lecture by Trine Brox and Miriam Koktvedgaard Zeitzen, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, who will present the project:

Prince Peter and The Third Danish Expedition to Central Asia - 7 years in Kalimpong

Venue: NIAS Meeting Room, 18.1.08, CSS. Østerfarimagsgade 5, Copenhagen, Denmark

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