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A New Initiative Strengthening the Links Between Europe and China

On the 15th & 16th of April the Fudan European Centre for Modern and Comparative China Studies was inaugurated at the University of Copenhagen. The first of its kind in Europe, the Centre will focus on researching the interaction between China and Europe and will aim to strengthen the cooperation between the two with research in areas such as welfare, environment, governance and government, politics and economy.

The Centre will be located at NIAS - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Department of Political Science at University of Copenhagen’s Social Science Campus. NIAS Director Geir Helgesen will be director of the Centre, while Fudan University has appointed Professor Liu Chunrong as Deputy Director.

According to Geir Helgesen, the foundation of the Centre is the very notion of two-way research and an important part of the collaboration is for the Centre to advance projects which compare developments in China and Europe. The emphasis of the research will initially be within the Social Sciences with a bridge to the Humanities, although there is already incipient links with colleagues within the Natural Sciences.

Commenting on the inauguration of the Centre, Professor Ralf Hemmingsen, Rector of the University of Copenhagen, says: “At University of Copenhagen, we have focused strategically on Asia research for several years. The new Centre will strengthen the University’s research considerably and give us a prominent position in Europe on this large and highly important field. Danish research has a good position in China, but China is expanding fast and we need to be able to keep up and to develop new initiatives within areas including the Social Sciences and Humanities.”

The inauguration was marked and celebrated over two days, starting with a one-day conference entitled “Creative spaces – Seeking the Dynamics of China’s Development”. At the conference renowned scholars from Fudan University, the University of Copenhagen and IIAS, the International Institute for Asian Studies in Leiden, the Netherlands, presented their research on and discussed some of China’s well known and urgent challenges.

On the second day the official opening ceremony was held with speeches by the Danish Minister for Research, Innovation and Higher Education, Morten Østergaard, the Ambassador of China to Denmark, Mr. Li Ruiyu, Vice-President of Fudan University, Prof. Lin Shangli, and the Rector of the University of Copenhagen, Prof. Ralf Hemmingsen. Present was also the new Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers, Dagfinn Høibråten, who has deep interests in China, as well as representatives from Danish and international academia, media and business environment.

Current SUPRA students at NIAS

Karin Zackari, PhD, Lund University
Topic: Political agency in Thai nationalist discourse

Katariina Oivo, University of Helsinki,
Topic: The environmental movement in India

Seminar at the Danish Parliament: Building a Highway to Indonesia

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Invitation for seminar: "Building a Highway to Indonesia: The Promising Role of Trade Investment and Higher Education Cooperation".

The Embassy of Indonesia with the Auspices of the Danish Parliament, The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies invites to a whole day seminar with prominent speakers from Indonesia and Denmark, including the Speakers of the Indonesian and Danish Parliaments, the Danish Minister for Trade and Investment and directors for the Indonesian Ministeries of Trade and Education and Culture. 

The rapid economic growth in the Eastern hemsphere has shifted the world economic drive towards Asian countirse. Many Western countries, including Denmark, are currently establishing a stronghold in  various emerging markets of the world including Indonesia.

This seminar attempts to discuss and strengthen higher education cooperation and trade and investment activities as a "highway" towards a new phase of the Danish-Indonesian partnership.

Venue: the Danish Parliament


Opening of the Fudan European China Centre at University of Copenhagen, NIAS

Monday, April 15, 2013 to Tuesday, April 16, 2013

It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the opening and the conference marking the opening of the Fudan European China Centre at University of Copenhagen, NIAS

The conference takes place on Monday, April 15 from 8.50-17.00 at University of Copenhagen in Alexandersalen, Bispetorvet 1-3.
The conference will focus on topical challenges in present day China. Renowned scholars from Fudan University in Shanghai will present new insights on several of their country’s well known and urgent challenges. Danish and European counterparts will add their perspectives and open the floor for discussions. 

The opening ceremony takes place at University of Copenhagen, Committee Room 3, Nørregade 10, on Thuesday 16 April from 15:30 to 17:30. The ceremony is followed by a reception.
Minister for Research, Innovation and Higher Education, Mr. Morten Østergaard, Ambassador of China to Denmark, Mr. Li Ruiyu, Vice-President of Fudan University, Prof. Lin Shangli and Rector of University of Copenhagen, Prof. Ralf Hemmingsen will attend the event.

Please sign up for the events at before April 10.
Please indicate if you wish to sign up for both days or just one of them.

Programmes for both days are attached below.

Current SUPRA students at NIAS

Annemari Kettunen, University of Turku
Topic: Public Discussion on the role of different languages in Hong Kong from 1997 to the present

Mari Anneli Peltola, University of Turku
Topic: Energy policy formation in Japan after Fukushima

Current SUPRA students at NIAS

Iris Chan, University of Turku
Topic: Hong Kong identity in the Hong Kong City-State Autonomy Movement

Nguyen Thanh, University of Oslo
Topic: Health Insurance for the Near poor in Vietnam

Louise Lykke Hvam workplace Student at NIAS

Louise has been a workplace student at NIAS since February.

I am writing my master's thesis on India's Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS), a large welfare programme to ensure food security among India's poorest households. Through empirical studies I delve into the lifeworlds of programme beneficiaries and seek to understand the role played by TPDS in providing food security and reducing vulnerability at the household level. I also enter the debate on the future of India's food policies and explore the case for replacing TPDS entirely with a direct cash transfer scheme.

Current SUPRA students at NIAS

Angelaka Eva, Lund University
Topic: Barbies and Snow Whites:  Contrasting Identities in Modern Japan”: an ethnography

Valeriya Gazizova, PhD, University of Oslo
Topic: The relationship between institutionalized Buddhism and “folk religion” in the process of religious revival in contemporary Kalmykia

Min Dongchao new researcher at NIAS

Professor Min Dongchao, director of the Centre for Gender and Culture Studies at Shanghai University, has received a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship to work with senior researcher Cecilia Milwertz at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies for two years from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2015.

Professor Min’s project, ‘Cross-Cultural Encounters — The Travels of Gender Theory and Practice to China and the Nordic Countries,’ is concerned with the cross-cultural translation of knowledge and practices that may or may not take place when different cultures interact, and the resulting production of new knowledge. Taking the travelling routes of gender theory and practices to, and also between, China and the Nordic countries as the empirical object of study, the project will focus on the crucial questions of why and how knowledge travels or fails to.
See interview with Professor Min