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New SUPRA students at NIAS

We warmly welcome two new SUPRA Students at NIAS!

Priyanka Chakravarty, PhD, University of Oslo

Topic: Right to Public Services Legislations in India: An Analysis from Two Perspectives – the Citizen and the Bureaucracy.




Niina Väisänen, MA, University of Helsinki

Topic: A Proposal for Standardization of Linguistic Terminology used in Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language in Finland.

New Publication from NIAS Press: End of Empire

We present the website as a newspaper that reports events that occurred 70 years ago, to the day. Each day brings a new edition, and all previous editions continue to be easily accessible. This project is presented not only as a webpage, but also as a printed volume. In the near future, we will produce e-books that present each country’s history in greater depth, as well as an overall e-book. Stay tuned.

We start with a simple premise: events during the one hundred days following Hiroshima had a profound effect on politics and society for decades to come. We make our case through 350 events, nearly 100 vignettes that examine specific ideas in greater depth, and hundreds of photographs that bring the era – and the argument – to life.

That Asia would be transformed can be explained by the previous fifty years of colonial history in combination with the shock of war. How Asia would be transformed is not self-evident, as varying mixtures of local, regional and international influences lent a different flavour to the post-war environment of each state. These distinct post-war environments are captured by the vignettes, which can be read mostly as descriptive exercises, each probing more deeply the political and social dynamics underlying one or a few events. The chronology as a whole has been assembled and curated through a theory-driven, analytic process.

As a whole, the events and vignettes presented here provide a foundation for a wide array of analyses of post-war developments. Our collection is not exhaustive; like all such exercises, reasonable historians can (and surely will) point to ‘crucial’ events not mentioned as well as ‘trivial’ ones that have been included. We encourage these conversations! The project will become even more valuable as people share their insights, experiences, and wisdom on the aspects of this period they view as crucial.



SUPRA Nordic Scholarship for MA and PhD students Spring 2016

Thursday, October 1, 2015

If you are working on a MA or PhD thesis during Spring 2016 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 October 2015

For more information, please contact

New SUPRA Students at NIAS

The next two weeks we are welcoming two new SUPRA Students:

Jifeng Liu, PhD, Leiden
Jifeng Liu is currently a PhD candidate in sociology of religion at Leiden University Centre for the Study of Religion, the Netherlands. He was a visiting doctoral student of Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Cambridge. Jifeng received his master’s degree in demographic sociology from Xiamen University (China) in 2010. He is focusing on the Christianity’s relevance to the cultural contest with the officially established authority. His doctoral research will be conducted by asking how local people reinterpret the past of Christianity and reproduce church histories that redefine forms of local power structures in contemporary urban China. His fields of interest include sociology of religion, Christianity in contemporary China, immigrant religion in Chinese societies, and social memory.
Piia Ylitalo, MA, Helsinki
Piia Ylitalo is doing an MA at the University of Helsinki on the topic of Nihonjinron, concentrating on the perspective of the readers and their reactions to the Nihonjinron claims.

New SUPRA Students at NIAS

The next two weeks we are welcoming two new SUPRA Students:

Ulrika Hallbäck is doing an MA at the University of Gothenburg with the title: A qualitative thesis about women with disabilities within the organization Disability Research and capacity Development(DRD) and Reaching Out in Vietnam.



Joonas Timonen is doing an MA at the University of Helsinki on the topic: Perceptions concerning Sunnis and Shi’as among the Muslim youth in Finland

Adam Øster Posselt new Publishing Assistant at NIAS Press

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Adam is currently on the fifth semester studying Cultural Encounters and City, Plan and Proces at Roskilde University.

Jeppe Jørgensen new Student Assistant at NIAS

Jeppe has a Bachelor’s degree in Asia Studies (China Studies) from the University of Copenhagen where his main focus was the dispute in the South China Sea. He is currently doing his Master in International Security and Law at the University of Southern Denmark, where he focuses on international relations.

Workshop on Japanese research tools

Monday, September 21, 2015 - 10:00 to 15:00

For the fourth year in a row the popular Workshop on Japanese Research Tools is being held, and this year in Norway at the University of Oslo Library.

The workshop provides a chance to get hands-on experience in using three of the most important information resources for studies on Japan; JapanKnowledge, which provides access to a large number of Japanese sources, incl. dictionaries and reference works as well as classical text collections  as e g Gunsho Ruiju, and the archives of the newspapers Asahi Shinbun and Nikkei, incl. their additional financial and historical material sources. Finally new resources for Japanese studies is being introduced.

Participation in the conference is free but registration is necessary.

More information incl. detailed programme can be found here.

Venue: Georg Svendrups hus, Moltke Moes vei 39, 0851, Oslo (Map).

Registration: Latest 18 September to Naomi Yabe Magnussen by email to or phone +47 22844245.





PhD-course: Modernization, Gender and Generation - Reconfigurations of Everyday Life

PhD-course Modernization, Gender and Generation - Reconfigurations of Everyday Life at Nordic Centre Fudan organized by the Sino-Nordic Gender Studies Network and Centre for Gender Research at University of Oslo


On May 19-21 the 3rd PhD-course arranged by the Centre for Gender Research in Oslo in collaboration with the Sino-Nordic Gender Studies Network took place at the Nordic Centre at Fudan University. The theme of the course was Modernization, Gender and Generation - Reconfigurations of Everyday Life. Led by Professor Harriet Bjerrum Nielsen, University of Oslo, ten teachers - from China, Denmark and Norway - and 25 PhD students or researchers from China and the Nordic countries participated. After the course the teachers met to commence the work towards the 6th Sino-Nordic Gender Studies Conference which will take place in at the University of Oslo in 2017.

SUPRA student at NIAS

Monday, June 22, 2015

Siyu Chen, Phd, University of Olso
Topic: Discursive Construction of Masculinities in Contemporary Chinese Public Culture