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Asia Brown Bag: The independence of NOCs in Chinese foreign policy – looking at the cases of Angola and Sudan

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 12:30 to 13:30

NIAS and ADI invite you to a brown bag lecture by Kasandra Behrndt-Eriksen, Ph.D., adjunct lecturer at the University of Copenhagen.

Chinese companies have invested largely in countries abroad in recent years, including in countries in Africa. This article investigates the activities of Chinese energy companies in Africa, looking at the cases of Angola and Sudan. It develops a theoretical framework that can examine the role of non-state actors in foreign policy. The article presents clear evidence that non-state actors play a role and sometimes go against the policy line from Beijing. Theoretically, it illuminates the increasing role played by National Oil Companies (NOCs) in foreign policy and contributes with explicitation of the role played by NOCs for the foreign policy of the state. The paper, moreover, contributes with insights regarding the importance of concerns with domestic stability (weiwen) to Chinese foreign policy and how this motive relates to the NOC activities in a number of countries.  

Venue: NIAS, CSS, room 18.1.08

Feel free to bring your own lunch. There will be coffee/tea.


Asia brown bag: Legacies of Detention in Myanmar

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 12:30 to 13:30
NIAS and ADI invite you to a brown bag lecture by Dr. Andrew M. Jefferson and Dr. Tomas Max Martin from the Danish Institute Against Torture.
Our presentation will focus on the background and rationale for our study of Legacies of Detention in Myanmar (2016-21) exploring why prisons are an ideal empirical and analytic site for generating knowledge about the changing relationship between state and citizen in Myanmar. We also hope to share ethnographic insights from preliminary fieldwork conducted in February/March 2017 and begin the conversation with colleagues much more knowledgeable of the region than ourselves.
Based at the Danish Institute Against Torture, Dr. Andrew M. Jefferson and Dr. Tomas Max Martin both specialize in the ethnographic study of prisons and prison reform processes in the global south with particular focus on countries undergoing transition. Until recently they focused mostly on the understudied field of prisons in Africa, founding the Global Prisons Research Network, designed to bring together researchers involved in field-based studies of prisons in the south. Thanks to a grant from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs they have now turned their attention to Myanmar, a paradigmatic case for studying prisons and reform processes in historical and contemporary context.
Place: NIAS, CSS, room 18.1.08
Feel free to bring your own lunch. There will be coffee/tea.

NEWDAY - the Nansen East-West Dialogue Academy in Lillehammer 4-14 July 2017

Monday, May 1, 2017
Creating better relations by seeking mutual understanding and harmony in diversity

In July 2017, 55 students from East Asia and the Nordic countries will gather for a 10-days summer course: NEWDAY - the Nansen East-West Dialogue Academy in Lillehammer, Norway. With NEWDAY we offer students from East Asia and the Nordic region the chance to meet and engage with each other, with top scholars and political leaders on some of the most pressing issues the world faces today.
Towards a Dialogue
We will define key challenges in the 21st century’s global society and engage relevant approaches and core concepts, theories and methods to deal with the present and prepare for the future.
Our program aims to promote better mutual understanding and foster harmonious relations between people East and West and between our future leaders. Through workshops and discussions we will identify common challenges, explore the root causes of problems and provide creative solutions with cultural sensitivity. This work will be conducted in a spirit of cross-cultural dialogue and consensus building.
We cooperate with leading universities in the above-mentioned eight countries, and with the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat in Seoul as well as with the Nordic Council of Ministers in Copenhagen. The event is further supported by the Fudan-European Centre for China Studies, NIAS – Nordic Institute of Asian Studies and the Nansen Academy.  
To find out more, including speakers, programme and how to sign up, go to the website:
More information is also available in the attached brochure
Deadline for registration 1 May 2017

6th Sino-Nordic Women and Gender Studies Conference

Sunday, August 27, 2017 to Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Conference call - call for Abstracts!

6th Sino-Nordic Women and Gender Studies Conference

- gender and generation in times of change


This conference focuses on gender and generations in times of social and economic change, in particular economic crises, migration and environmental challenges. In China and the Nordic countries processes of industrialization, urbanization, deregulation, migration and globalization have had profound effects on gender and generational relations that display both differences and similarities. They relate to gender and generational aspects of family life, family-work relations, ageing societies, the situation of the younger generations, popularization of higher education, the expanding middle class and emerging precariat, the environment and sustainable development, and the increasing inequalities between different groups and classes. All this has far-reaching impacts on the conditions for gender equality work and academic research practices.

Venue: University of Oslo, Norway
Time: August 27-30th 2017

Registration: please use the registration form at
Deadline: 15th December 2016

Keynote speakers

  • Michael Kimmel, Professor of Masculinity Studies and Sociology at Stony Brook, New York, USA
  • Yan Yunxiang, Professor of Anthropology and Chinese Studies at UCLA, Los Angeles, USA
  • Pun Ngai, Professor of Social Sciences at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China
  • Pei Yuxin, Assoc. Professor of Social Work at Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China
  • Lene Myong, Professor of Gender Studies at the University of Stavanger, Norway
  • Helene Aarseth, Assoc. Professor of Gender Studies and Sociology at the University of Oslo, Norway

Read the full call for abstracts here