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New student assistant at NIAS

Rakel Haslund-Gjerrild is the new student assistant at NIAS, working with the SUPRA Program and NIAS LINC.

I am currently studying for two BA degrees; one in Comparative Literature and one in China Studies at Copenhagen University. One day these two may merge into a MA in Chinese Literature. Right now I am using my time trying to figure out the use of literary categories and literary vocabulary in the early modern Chinese literature.

Women in China's development, interview with Min Dongchao

Professor Min Dongchao has been interviewed by journalist Mette Holm for Kinabladet. They talk about Chinese women's possibilities in China since the 1950s and up till now, starting from Min Dongchao's own personal experiences during the Cultural Revolution and onwards.

To read the interview, please open the attached document (from page 6 unfortunately in Danish only).

Presentations from Stig Toft Madsen, NIAS, recent visit to India

Senior Research Fellow at NIAS Stig Toft Madsen has travelled in India recently to follow the elections.

While in India, Stig also gave several interviews and presentations, below you can find the links to a couple of these.

Talk at Nehru Memorial in New Delhi on the farmers’ movement and globalization in Karnataka. To listen to the presentation, please click here
 

Interviewed for the program called Indian Standard Time by Jyoti Malhotra on Rajya Sabha TV. The interview is available on Youtube, click here
 

Current SUPRA students at NIAS

Leena Eerolainen, University of Helsinki
Topic: Personification of the Social Monstrous in 21st Century Japanese Horror Cinema

Aleksi Ilpala, University of Helsinki
Topic: Collective Actions and Common Interests: The Role and Perspectives of Trade Unions in the Democracy Developement of Nepal

Leena and Aleksi

 

Current SUPRA students at NIAS

Serena Sorrenti, Lund University
Topic: Recounting women’s liberation: the other side in Afghanistan

Joakim Brattvoll, NUPI
Topic: NATO and Uzbekistan – The evolution of a terrorism discourse on Central Asia

Current SUPRA students at NIAS

Margrethe Gaassand, PhD, NTNU
Topic: Representation of indigenous people (Adivasis) living in mining areas in Odisha, India

Sabi Ailus, MA, University of Turku
Topic: Adoptions of Chinese children, focusing on legal frameworks and policy

 

Current SUPRA students at NIAS

Arttu Anttonen, University of Helsinki
Topic: Bilingual Education of the Zhuang: A Case Study 

Sofia Hermansson, Lund University
Topic: Indonesian men and women working together with gender issues – a rerequisite for the progress towards gender equality? A qualitative study from two Indonesian NGO:s in Java

Open Discussion: Indonesia's Democracy and the Road to Elections 2014

On 27 March 2014, the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Copenhagen, in cooperation with Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS) and Nordic Indonesia Studies Network (NISN) organized an Open Discussion on the topic of Indonesia's upcoming elections 2014. The event was hosted by NIAS, and attracted a broad audience including academics, diplomats, business people and students.

Indonesia held its legislative election on 9 April and will hold its presidential election on 9 July 2014. The fact that the elections will bring a new leadership in Indonesia raises many question marks in the course of Indonesia's democracy and political development of the country. The upcoming elections will be a key determinant of Indonesia’s democratic commitment at least in the next five years.

A panelist consisting of Prof. Dr. Azyumardi Azra (Professor of History and Director of Graduate School, Syarif Hidayatullah Islamic State University, Jakarta), Ph.D. Carlo Bonura (Senior Teaching Fellow in Southeast Asian Politics at SOAS, University of London), Vera Altmeyer (PhD candidate Department of Society and Globalisation, Roskilde University), and Mark Philip Stadler (PhD candidate Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen) lead the discussions. The panelists each gave short inputs on their views on Indonesia’s democracy in general, on the upcoming elections, and on how these may influence Indonesia’s future democratic development. Moderated brilliantly by Flemming Ytzen (journalist and NIAS Associate), the inputs by the panelist commenced an interesting panel debate, followed by a lively discussion with the audience.

Set off by the panelists introductory thoughts about the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections in Indonesia, the discussion thus covered forecasts of possible scenarios with regard to the election results, debates of the progress and challenges to Indonesia's democracy today, as well as how it should be addressed by the new to-be-elected leadership. The future possible presidential candidates were also briefly discussed. The panel agreed that currently, the most likely candidate to win the presidential election is the Governor of Jakarta, Joko Widodo (also known as Jokowi), who runs as candidate for the opposition Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P).

The event raised awareness about the upcoming Indonesian elections, and the major consequences these may have for “Asia’s Third Giant.” Moreover, it addressed the role of democracy in general as well as the importance of continuously debating this issue.

As the legislative election was held subsequent to the discussion at NIAS, it mays serve well as a closing remark to mention the preliminary results: Jokowi and his party, PDI-P, had been expected to win the most votes at the legislative election. While the official legislative election results has not yet been announced, quick counts by various polling institutes after the close of balloting gave only around 19 percent of the vote to PDI-P and Jokowi. The legislative election thus failed to produce a clear winner leaving Indonesia’s political parties even more busy building alliances.

 

Current SUPRA students at NIAS

Marko Mikael Pihl, Turku University
Topic: Cooperation between NGOs and private companies in China

Ulrika Lindstrand, Lund University
Topic: Chinese ethnicity, social media trends and voting patterns in Malaysia

Professor Min Dongchao visits Trinity University in Texas

Prof. Min was invited by Trinity University, America to participate the 2014 Women’s History Month as the Ruth McLean Bowman Bowers Visiting Scholar from 3rd to 6th March. The participation included giving a public lecture on the subject of women and gender issues. Followed by a visit to four classes whose students are working on subjects related to her presentation as a guest scholar.

The public lecture, titled “Travelling with the travelling theory; How the term gender travelled to China” took place on the evening of Monday, March 3rd. The lecture’s participants included students and faculties from diverse classes covering women and gender issues as well as Chinese literature, history and culture also other interested faculties.

Through Tuesday 3th and Wednesday 5th I visited four classes as a guest scholar to give different talks. All these events offered a unique opportunity to talk with the students and professors at Trinity University and observe the high education in America.
Also meeting with vice president of Trinity University, Dr. Michael Fischer and colleagues from East Asia Studies and Women’s Studies departments gave the perfect atmosphere to exchange and share ideas on teaching and research in different locations.

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