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’One Belt - One Road’ – and the Implications for China-EU Relations

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 16:00 to 18:00

With Senior Policy Fellow François Godement, Director of the Asia and China Programme, European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR).

Venue: NIAS meeting room, CSS 18.1 (Entrance E), Øster Farimagsgade 5, Copenhagen, Denmark

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Public Talk by Professor Purwo Santoso

Friday, November 27, 2015 - 13:30 to 15:00

Welfare Regime for Democratizing Indonesia

A recent democracy study, conducted at the Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) in collaboration with the University of Oslo (UiO), reveals that for Indonesians democracy means more than just political liberty. Other key factors are welfare creation, accumulation and distribution and the way they shape transformations toward democratic governance. Hence, democratization requires a change in the prevailing welfare regime. Studies suggest that democratization in Indonesia is suffering from stagnation. A careful research is required to map out the possible breakthrough.

Purwo Santoso is Professor of Government and Head of Department of Politics and Government at the Faculty of Social and Political Science, Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta. His research interests include: Decentralization in Indonesia; Local Government and Institutions; Democratization; Local Governance; Environmental Politics.

Date and time: Friday, 27 November, 13.30-15.00
Place:  NIAS, room 18.1.08, University of Copenhagen, Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353 Cph

Welcome to the two new SUPRA Students

Monday, November 23, 2015 to Sunday, December 6, 2015

Miriam Innbjør, MA, University of Oslo is working on her project:

“Eco-tourism Development in the Inle Lake Region, Myanmar”




Sanna Lehtinen, MA, University of Tampere is working on her project:

“Documentary Theatre in Traditional Legal Systems of East Asia”

Call for articles and reviewers for the third issue of Asia in Focus

Asia in Focus is a Nordic journal on Asia published by NIAS - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies. We kindly invite Master students and PhD 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 feel free to print and distribute the attachment among colleagues, students, departments and networks.


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

For further enquiries, email the Editorial Team at


Issue 2 out in December
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. By launching the Asia in Focus journal, we took 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. 

The second issue will be freely available to read and download at in December. In the second issue you will find works on collective memory in Taiwan; a historical essay on the creation of a colonial consciousness in early 20th century Japan; youth activism in Myanmar; the motorbike revolution in Vietnam; and how the ‘green lung of Bangkok’ is being threatened.


Economy and Security Landscape of Northeast Asia: Implications for Danish Interests

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 15:00 to 17:00

Professor Jong Kun Choi of Yonsei Unversity in Seoul, Korea will give a talk on how Northeast Asia, a sub-region of East Asia, made up of Two Koreas, Japan and China, maintains its sustaining economic development despite lingering security challenges such as North Korea’s nuclear challenges, sporadic diplomatic standoffs caused by territorial and maritime disputes, and hostile nationalism.

Dr. Choi will argue that the three core states of East Asia have achieved a very high degree of economic interdependence from which their economic development is regenerated. He will demonstrate new trade portfolio data and social interactions among the three states and provide security implications. Dr. Choi will provide insights on what this means for the Nordic states.

Wine and canapés will be served after the talk.

The event is organised by Asia House and NIAS - Nordic Institite of Asian Studies, participation is free.

Venue: Asia House, Indiakaj 16, 2100 Copenhagen 

Registration before 27 November

Asia Brown Bag Lecture: Stine Puri and Lars Højer

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 12:00 to 13:00

NIAS and ADI invite you to a brown bag lecture by Stine Puri and Lars Højer, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, who will present the research project:

Escalations: A Comparative Ethnographic Study of Accelerating Change

As part of the project Lars and Stine are working on individual sub-projects:

Stine's project Monsoonal Escalations in India and Beyond explores escalations at the interface between agriculture, climate and finance in relation to the monsoon in India.




Lars' project Mining Frenzy and Escalating Economies in Mongolia explores how the imaginings of a future mining project in Mongolia becomes an imagined and 'spectacular' reference point that intensifies and escalates present actions and imaginations.



Venue: NIAS - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, meeting room 18.1.08, Copenhagen, Denmark

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New SUPRA Students at NIAS

Monday, November 9, 2015

A warm welcome to our two new SUPRA students who will be here until 22 November 2015.

Shuo Wang is a PhD student from University of Eastern Finland. Her thesis topic is “Your next Boss is Chinese: Clashes of two Cultures in Working Life.” She did ethnographic study in Norway and Germany in order to find out local employees’ experiences of working in Chinese companies. The result indicates that trust is the key phenomena of understanding how locals perceive their company. In short, they see their companies in terms of distrust.





Kaja Berg Hjukse is an MA student from the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo. Her master project is an ethnographic study of Burmese (bamar) women's reproductive practices in peri-urban Myanmar. The background for the project was to see birth as a site where women conceptualize and organize their social and cultural worlds. The overall question is how the reproductive practices of women and health workers reflect concerns or aspirations of their future within a Myanmar in transition.

Asia brown bag lecture by Cecilia Milwertz

Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 12:00 to 13:00

Manufacturing the World – The Interconnectedness of Chinese Workers and Danish Consumers.

NIAS and ADI invite you to a brown bag lecture by Cecilia Milwertz, NIAS - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies.

Venue: NIAS, CSS, room 18.1.08, Copenhagen, Denmark.

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ThinkChina Roundtable Discussion: The Clash of Civilizations and Terrorism - Imagination or Reality

Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 10:00 to 12:00

The term "civilization" in the theory of the Clash of Civilizations include religion, ethnicity, nationality and other factors. Originally, this theory is a reflection of American domestic political situation. The Clash of Civilizations is a result of civilizations being challenged rather than that of differences between civilizations; a contradiction between monotheism and polytheism rather than a conflict between Islam and Christianity. Terrorism is a kind of conflict between civilized world and ideological barbarism while its classification and features have close relationship to differences of civilizations.

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

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CANCELLED! Public Lecture on Government Use of Social Media in China: Drivers, Challenges and Capabilities

Monday, November 9, 2015 - 10:00 to 13:00



The Fudan- European Centre for China Studies is proud to present yet another public lecture, this time by Professor Lei Zheng, on the subject of the Chinese Government's use of Social Media in China.

Venue: NIAS Meeting Room, 18.01.8, CSS. Østerfarimagsgade 5.

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