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Current SUPRA students at NIAS

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Leena Eerolainen, PhD, University of Helsinki

Topic: Transformation and Personification of the Social Monstrous in Japanese Kaiki Eiga




Torhild Larsen Skillingstad, MA, University of Tromsø

Topic: Cihu Memorial Sculpture Park: Iconoclasm, Memory and the Performative Functions of Space


Current SUPRA students at NIAS

Monday, May 11, 2015

Heikki Wilenius, PhD, University of Helsinki
Topic: Justification and morality in East Javanese politics

Diego Garcia, MA, Lund University
Topic: Queering Indonesian Islam - Negotiating LGBT and Muslim identities in the cities of Surabaya and Yogyakarta

SUPRA Nordic Scholarship for MA and PhD students Fall 2015

Monday, June 1, 2015

If you are working on a MA or PhD thesis during Fall 2015 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. June 2015

For more information, please contact

Current SUPRA student at NIAS

Monday, April 27, 2015

Likki-Lee Pitzen, MA, Lund University

Topic: Japan’s changing Official Development Aid – How institutional changes have affected the role played by the private sector in Japan’s ODA provision.

Current SUPRA students at NIAS

Monday, April 13, 2015

Jukka Aukia, PhD, University of Turku
Topic: Cultural Soft Power of China





Lisa Hellman, PhD, Stockholm University
Topic: Life in the foreign quarter of Canton: the case of the Swedish East India Company

Current SUPRA students at NIAS

Monday, March 30, 2015

Maiju Leino, MA, University of Turku
Topic: Understanding foreign policy through construction of state identity: China as Japan’s other in the case of Senkaku Islands.



Evelina Harrysson, MA, Uppsala University
Topic: A comparative literature study on the use of humor in Dicken’s “Nicholas Nickleby” and Lao She's "Lao Zhang de zhexue".  

Workshop: The Internal and External Constraints on Foreign Policy in India. Exploring Culture and Ethnic Sensitivities

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 09:30 to Friday, May 8, 2015 - 18:00

NIAS and the Department of Political Science at the University of Aalborg invites you to attend a workshop on The Internal and External Constraints on Foreign Policy in India. Exploring Culture and Ethnic Sensitivities.

The workshop is open for participation, but registration is necessary.
Please contact Inge Merete Ejsing-Duun.
Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Øster Farimagsgade 5, DK-1353 Copenhagen K, Denmark
See programme and further information in the attached file.
The workshop is organized by Department of Political Science, Aalborg University and NIAS – Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, University of Copenhagen in collaboration with partner universities in India and Denmark and financed with generous support by the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation.



Asia brown bag lecture: Michael Alexander Ulfstjerne

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 12:00 to 13:00
NIAS and ADI invite you to a brown bag lecture by Michael Alexander Ulfstjerne from the Dept. of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies. 
Un-real Estate: The Social Life of Temporary Wealth in China.
Building on work from his doctoral dissertation Michael Ulfstjerne's talk traces a local economic boom in Inner Mongolia, China into its subsequent bust. It gives an account of how state as well as non-state actors appropriate state development schemes and the unintended effects resulting from the colluding forces of plan and profit. Through the attitudes, perceptions, and forms of sociality that constituted an actual economic bubble (and its subsequent collapse) the dissertation provides ethnographic detail relevant for understanding contemporary China and the social effects of state-led urbanization.
Michael Alexander Ulfstjerne is a PhD fellow at the Dept. of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies. His dissertation entitled Un-real Estate: The Social Life of Temporary Wealth in China was published in January 2015.
Time: 21 April 2015, 12:00-13:00
Place: NIAS, CSS, room 18.1.08
Feel free to bring your own lunch. There will be coffee/tea.

Current SUPRA students at NIAS

Monday, March 16, 2015

Linus Fredriksson, MA, Lund
Topic: China and cinematic science-fiction: Lost in space? A study of mise-en-scéne and narrative themes in Chinese science fiction film.

Henry Kröger, MA, Lund
Topic: Micro finances in India.




First issue of Asia in Focus launched and Call for Articles for issue 2

Asia in Focus first issue launched

NIAS – Nordic Institute of Asian Studies is very proud to present the first issue of Asia in Focus - a Nordic journal on Asia by early career researchers.  NIAS has run the blog IN FOCUS since 2007, providing academics and researchers a forum for discussions on current issues in Asia. We wanted to take advantage of this platform and create a space for Master’s and Ph.D. students to develop and publish their research. 

This new journal is the result of almost a year of intensive planning. When we launched the idea publicly the feedback was overwhelmingly positive and during the past year the editorial committee has had the pleasure of reading many interesting and well-written manuscripts.  We would like to thank both the members of the editorial committee and the authors in the first issue who made it all happen!

The first issue is now ready for launch. The journal can be found on the homepage It is also available at, our Nordic platform for Asia relevant resources for academics working on Asia. This first issue covers a variety of topics including Japan’s family friendly policies, public litigation rights in China, and the freedom of previously bonded Hilaya laborers in Nepal.

Enjoy the read!

Call for Articles for Issue 2

Asia in Focus invites Master students and Ph.D. students from the humanities and social sciences, who are affiliated to a Nordic institution, to submit an essay or academic article on a subject involving one or more Asian countries (from Central Asia to Oceania, excluding Australia and New Zealand). We require a high academic level with a focused and readable style. If you are have an interesting idea but are not sure if the topic will suit Asia in Focus, please feel free to contact us with a description of your proposed article. 
More information can be found here.
For all enquiries email us at

The journal will be freely available for download and online reading at
Important dates

Deadline for paper submission: 4 May 2015
Publication date: October 2015