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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.

Current SUPRA students at NIAS

Jef Smitsmans, Lund University
Topic: Masculinity in contemporary Japan

Nicolas Meslaoui, Aalborg University
Topic: Globalization in South East Asia: a possible globalization from below?

Two vacant student assistant positions at NIAS

NIAS is looking for two part-time (15 h/week) student assistants to work with NIAS administration/service and library. Duties include assistance to SUPRA scholarship students, events at NIAS, maintenance of NIAS website content, newsletters and informationmaterial, as well as the library's online resources. Other administrative duties will also be included.

More information and online application here

Deadline for application: 30 March 2014.


New workplace student at NIAS

Tomas Cole is a new workplace student at NIAS, he studies at the Department of Anthropology at University of Copenhagen. Tomas will be staying at NIAS for the next 6 months to write his thesis, with the project title "In God’s Hands with Salvation Blues: Dependence and Debt Among Karen: Refugees living in Thailand Injured by Landmines".

Research areas: The existential limits of autonomy on the lives of Karen (an ethnic group from Burma) refugees living in Thailand who have been injured by landmines. In particular Tomas is interested in how political violence and protracted internment in closed refugee camps plays into intersubjective relations and how people strive to strike a balance between depending on others and maintaining a sense of autonomy.



Changes in the services of NIAS Library & Information

As previously informed NIAS has, along with several other inter-governmental bodies of the Nordic Council of Ministers, been faced with a heavy budget cut of 20% from 2014 onwards. The NIAS leadership has therefore decided to make a substantial cut at the services offered local users, i.e. students and faculty at Copenhagen University to be able to provide as much as possible of what has been requested from our Nordic partners.  In order to meet the demands NIAS Library will be streamlining our services to the Nordic community and focusing on the unique digital services which are most in request from our member institutions.  The decisions are based on a thorough investigation of the usage of and demands for NIAS’ services. 

From 1 March 2014 the NIAS book collection will be integrated in the collections of Copenhagen University Library. As the NIAS collection has been a separate collection in the Copenhagen University Library for some time the changes for the users will be minimal. Services to the SUPRA students visiting NIAS will continue as they have done previously. 

NIAS journal subscriptions, the so called “NIAS Journal Collection” on the, i.e. the journals in Western languages, have already been cancelled but there is still access in 2014 for a majority of the titles. Back access to some of the collection will be provided, but this will be on trial this year to see if the usage validates the service cost.  

Some of the lesser used English language databases has also be cancelled. None of the Asian language databases will be affected.

It is our main priority to develop the digital collections according to the needs of our Nordic users.  We have so far used our financial resources to establish a basic collection of digital resources for our Nordic member institutions.  But as our funds are limited we have to make strict priorities. We are depending on the information and feedback from our member institutions to be able to make the right priorities.

Last but not least, we regret to inform you that both Asger Juel Hansen and Per Hansen are moving to new positions within Copenhagen University from 1 March 2014. Per Hansen will shift position to the Faculty Library of the Social Sciences at Copenhagen University Library where he will continue to work with books on Asia. Asger Juel Hansen will move to the Faculty of Law Library at Copenhagen University.  We wish them the best of luck in their new positions.

N-SEA: Nordic Southeast Asia Network

As part of the joint efforts to build a Nordic network on Southeast Asia, a website featuring information about the network, overview of scholars working on Southeast Asia in the Nordic countries as well as news and events related to the region has been launched.
Visit the website

Current SUPRA students at NIAS

Marie Tjärnström, Lund University
Topic: The Changes in the Japanese Labour Market

Mohammad Tareq Hasan, Bergen University
Topic: Resources, Livelihood and Identity in Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh

Current SUPRA students at NIAS

Paula Pankakoski, Turku University
Topic: Place Identity among Migrant Children in Beijing

Yiyu Tian, Aalborg University
Topic: Causes for the High Divorce Rate in China under the Background of Globalization and Modernization

The Indian Ambassador visits NIAS

Last week the Indian Ambassador to Denmnark Niraj Srivastava visited NIAS.
The ambassador met with several relevant people, and we enjoyed a wide-ranging discussion with him, agreeing on a number of points.

We look forward to enhanced future cooperation.