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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.

Current SUPRA students at NIAS

Li Silfverberg, PhD Stockholm university
Topic: Mediation vs Rule of Law in the PRC

Michaela Nummenpää, Lund University
Topic: Women’s Experience of the Education System in Kerala, India

Dr. Sayyed Mahdi Ziaei new Guest Researcher at NIAS

Dr. Sayyed Mahdi Ziaei is a senior Economics lecturer from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. He will stay at NIAS from 23 of January till 22 of February.
While at NIAS, Mahdi will focus on one of his several areas of interest: "The evaluating effects of financial variables on indicators such as, Genuine Progress Indicator (Index of Sustainable Economic Welfare), Human Development Index, Gross National Happiness (GNH) and some others. As Denmark and Nordic countries have very well progress in these fields, I am eager to have some studies on this area in my short trip visit. It is expected that in future I will have the comparative research Between European countries and East Asian countries in this field of study".

Current SUPRA students at NIAS

Wrenn Lindgren, Oslo university
Topic: Constructing Senkaku: The Japanese Discourse on the Senkaku Territorial Dispute

Maciej Marek Koziol, Aalborg University
Topic: Chinese Go Global strategy and Polish Go China response. The difficult road to successful cooperation.

New Publishing Assistant at NIAS Press

Two new objects in one picture! On the left hand side, Brox and Bellér-Hann's book 'On the Fringes of the Harmonious Society' has just arrived at our office, and is now available to order via NIAS Press:

Then, on the right hand side, it's the new Publishing Assistant here at NIAS Press! Karolina will join Gerald and Freek on the boat, navigating us through the publishing sea, adding some Nordic-ness to NIAS as a Finn. So good luck and have fun, Karolina.