9 April 2021

New Virtual SUPRA Students


We are happy to announce that we are continuing our online format of the SUPRA programme! 

We are happy to announce that we are continuing our online format of the SUPRA programme! This means that four new students follow a prolonged online programme. It is a great pleasure to welcome the second round of online SUPRAs:

Amit Singh, PhD, Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Picture of AmitAmit is PhD student in Human Rights in Contemporary Societies, he is also a SYLFF fellow, a Fritt Ord scholar, and a research associate at the Centre for the Study at Indian Languages and Society in India. Amit holds MSc. in Human rights and multiculturalism from the University of South-Eastern Norway and M.A. in Human rights from Mahidol University, Thailand. Amit’s doctoral research focuses on the conflict between freedom of expression and religion. Using the framework of contextual secularism, his research explores the conflict resolution between a secular Indian state with its religious Hindu majority who consider offensive anything which offends their religious sentiments. His recent book is The Conflict of Freedom of Expression and Religion- A Case Study from India, 2018 His particular area of interests are freedom of expression, Hindu fundamentalism, secularism, multiculturalism and Hindu-Muslim communal conflict.


Chiara Elisabeth Pecorari, MA, Social Anthropology, University of Bergen

Picture of ChiaraChiara's background is in social anthropology, having attained her BA from the University of Bergen. Her current MA project, also at UiB, focuses on the future prospects, expectations and imaginings of Hong Kong youth in the face of the many changes the region is currently experiencing. The Hong Kong anti-government protests during the summer and autumn of 2019 prove to be a turning point for the Special Administrative Region (SAR). The large-scale popular engagement, spearheaded youth brought questions of identity, future and belonging up to the surface. Through a 6 month long ethnographic field work, which will be conducted in the spring of 2021, the project seeks to find answers questions such as how youth experience and view the notion of a “Hong Kong community,” and how belonging in the SAR are experienced in light of the current political environment.

Oyuna Baldakova, PhD, the Graduate School of East Asian Studies, the Free University of Berlin

Oyuna was also a 2016-2019 fellow of the German Research Foundation. Her interests lie in the fields of political economy for development, China’s foreign economic policy, energy transition, and sustainable development in Eurasia. In her doctoral project, Oyuna investigates how China’s Belt and Road Initiative, a regional development and infrastructure building platform, is being institutionalized in Beijing and implemented in light of the economic, political, and social realities of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. She has a Bachelor’s in Foreign Languages (English, Chinese) at Buryat State University, Russia and a Master’s degree in Modern East Asian Studies at Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany. After that, she interned at UNESCO Bangkok. During her doctoral research fieldwork, Oyuna was affiliated with Peking University in China and KIMEP University in Kazakhstan, she was also a visiting fellow at the Mercator Institute for China Studies and the University of California at Berkeley.


Stine Lien Johansen, MA , Social Anthropology, University of Oslo

Picture of StineI am working on my master’s degree in Social anthropology at the University of Oslo. Previously, I have a BA in Social Anthropology and a BA in Export marketing. During my BA in Social Anthropology, I studied Chinese politics, language, and history to prepare for my ethnographic fieldwork in China. I also took an Erasmus exchange in University of Aberdeen to expand my international knowledge. My thesis is based upon a 5-month fieldwork i had in 2020 in Hangzhou, China. The thesis delves into examining the way COVID-19 affect aspects of emigrant workers life in Hangzhou. These are aspects such as the rise of nationalism during these contemporary times, stigmas, identity, usage of technology surveillance, and economy to gain a holistic view.  My data is collected from interviews, observations, and participating in their life during the epidemic. Furthermore, I am going to use comparative examples from cases in different parts of the world as well as these impact my informants in certain ways.