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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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Charting Japan's Arctic strategy

Now available online:

On October 19, the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at Brookings hosted a panel of distinguished experts for a discussion on what components should be included in Japan’s Arctic strategy, ranging from resource development, environmental preservation, and scientific research, to securing access to expanding shipping lanes and managing a complex diplomatic chessboard.

The panel included NIAS researcher Aki Tonami (picture).

The whole event is available online.

New SUPRA Students at NIAS

We warmly welcome two new SUPRA Students at NIAS:

Karina Standal, PhD, University of Oslo

Topic: “The Impact of Solar Electrification on Women in India.”




Li Hanwei, PhD, University of Tampere

Topic: “Chinese Student Migration in Non-English Speaking EU Countries: A Comparative Study on Transformative Impact.”

ChinaTalks: Ritual and Sincerity: Theories from China

Monday, November 9, 2015 - 11:00 to 13:00

One of the more exciting recent developments in the social sciences and humanities has been the attempt to explore the enormous body of theory that has been generated in cultures throughout the world and to bring this body of indigenous theory into conversation with Western theory.

Venue: 15A.0.13 - Southern Campus, KUA2, Karen Blixens Vej 4, 2300 Kbh S, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Registration and more information here

Organised by ThinkChina

Roundtable Discussion: Assessing China’s Eco-cities

Friday, October 30, 2015 - 14:00 to 16:00

Roundtable discussion with Professor Cunkuan BAO, Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Fudan University - one of China’s leading authorities on eco-cities. The meeting is an extra-ordinary opportunity for practitioners and academics working in the field of eco-cities to familiarise themselves with the latest policy developments and challenges facing eco-cities in China.

More information here

Venue: Landscape Architecture and Planning, UCPH: Meeting Room ‘Byen’, Rolighedsvej 23, 1958 Frederiksberg C, Denmark

New SUPRA Students at NIAS

We warmly welcome two new SUPRA Students at NIAS!


Pan Cheng-Yu, PhD, University of Jyväskylä

Topic: Social Inclusion through vocational education and training: A crosscultural perspective from special educational needs teachers in Finland and Taiwan



Ornpim Sugannasil, MA, Uppsala University

Topic: Under the Proscenium: Lives at the Crossroads of Circus and International Aid in Battambang, Cambodia

Monuments in the Landscape: Proof of Native Customary Land Rights With a Focus on the Kelabit of Sarawak

Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 13:15 to 14:15

Ramy Bulan, PhD Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Malaya Head, Centre for Malaysian Indigenous Studies, University of Malaya, Visiting Researcher, NIAS, University of Copenhagen.

Venue: NIAS Meeting Room (18.1.08), Øster Farimagsgade 5, DK-1353 Copenhagen K, Denmark.

The seminar is free and open for all.

Abstract: Indigenous land rights may be derived from positive enactments or through common law which acknowledges that persons in exclusive occupation of land have title that is good against anyone who cannot show better title, or through indigenous peoples (own) legal systems. Under the latter, their rights exist because they are derived from native laws, governance, practices, customs and traditions, which are enforceable by the courts (through doctrine of continuity). Indigenous peoples should be able to rely on the source of land rights that fits their circumstances best. This paper discusses how the Kelabit in Sarawak, are navigating this legal landscape to prove their rights and connection to their traditional territory. With the backdrop of a minimal recognition of occupation under the Sarawak Land Code 1958, and a cut-off date for creation of native customary rights under that legislation, the paper shows how Kelabit occupation, and interaction on their land and territory is evidenced through anthropological and archaeological records as well as historical narratives of their cultural traditions. Unique megalithic and other non-megalithic features, which accompanied the burial and memorialization of loved ones, mark past Kelabit occupation and continuous connection to the Kelabit Highlands. Despite the absence of state demarcated and surveyed boundary, their monuments in the landscape mark their  presence on the land they call their ancestral homeland providing a basis of land rights claims both under their own laws and customs,  and common law, as well as fulfilling the requirements of statute.