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Asia in Focus Special Issue: Gender and Family in a Globalising India

 


We are pleased to announce the release of the first Special Issue of Asia in Focus, Gender and Family in a Globalising India. The Special Issue is based on a seminar on the same topic held in Oslo in early 2016 at the initiative of the Norwegian Network for Asian Studies. As per the introduction written by the editorial team, Kenneth Bo Nielsen, Karina Standal, Anne Waldrop and Harold Wilhite:

“Rich in context and representing the great variety that makes up India, the articles of this special issue reveal that the effect of globalization on gender empowerment, equality, and family organisation varies considerably geographically, and across the urban/rural divide”
 

Click here to read the e-journal or visit the website www.asiainfocus.dk to download the entire journal or individual articles.

 

 

We welcome our two new SUPRA Students

Lindsay Arthur Tamm, MA, University of Akureyri 

The Role of Law for Asian States in the Future Legal Order of the Arctic 

Rooted in international law, Polar Law describes the legal regimes applicable to the Arctic and the Antarctic. Lindsay's research combines her BA degree in East Asian studies with the future legal order of the Arctic—a very timely issue considering the recent observer status to the Arctic Council granted to five Asian countries. Her research covers the role of law for Asian States both within and outside of the Arctic Council by looking at overlapping legal regimes including the implementation of the IMO Polar Code, the new legally binding Scientific Cooperation Agreement under the auspices of the Arctic Council, the future fisheries negotiation in the Central Arctic Ocean, and even the wider implications for the Arctic of the newly ratified Paris Agreement. In her research, each of these legal frameworks will be considered not as a whole, but through the lens of Asian State's participation in the future legal order of the Arctic.

Maren Aase, PhD, University of Oslo

Opportunities Lost and Found: The Everyday Politics of Disaster in Bangladesh 

Maren Aase is a Ph.D. student working at the Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM) at the University of Oslo, where she also coordinates SUM’s interdisciplinary Research School. In her study entitled ‘Opportunities Lost and Found: The Everyday Politics of Disaster in Bangladesh’ Aase studies the longer term aftermath of cyclone Sidr. Sidr ravaged the southern coast of Bangladesh 15 November 2007. Focussing on local relationships between disaster response and risk, the study sheds new light onto prevailing accounts of ‘the case of Sidr’ as an example of successful disaster preparedness.

New SUPRAs at NIAS

We are currently welcoming two new SUPRA's at NIAS:

Perrine Gouiffès, MA, University of Turku 

Casualized Youth: imposed identities and self-agency in a state of crisis in South Korea

"I am currently studying at the Center for East Asian Studies at Turku University, Finland. My thesis project relates to temporary workers in South Korea following the deregularization of the post-1997 labour market. I aim to realize an ethnographic study of service-industry youth workers."

 

Hanna Ye, MA, Lund University

Cash for childcare and Gender Equality in South Korea: Challenging Women’s Childcare Labour and Childcare Choice

"I am currently working on my master thesis project in Sociology at Lund University. My master thesis project looking at the challenges for married women’s childcare labour and childcare choice, is to investigate cash for childcare and its implication for gender equality in South Korea."

Emilie Wellfelt New Guest Researcher at NIAS

Emilie Wellfelt, historian/anthropologist, will be a guest researcher at NIAS in October-December 2016. Her research will be into the topic ‘Birds of Paradise: The role of trade skins to the introduction of Islam in the Spice Islands’.

I have a special interest in material culture and the ideas objects invoke. Mainly I have worked on Indonesian textiles as they are important objects in ritual and economic exchanges, and textile studies have the benefit of opening doors to women’s worlds. I speak Indonesian and have over the last two decades spent a lot of time in this fascinating and multifaceted country.
  In the last few years I have worked on two projects. The first was my PhD research, for which I recently defended my thesis entitled Historyscapes in Alor. This work moves in the borderlands between history and anthropology exploring oral traditions and indigenous knowledge systems among different ethno-linguistic groups on the island of Alor, in southeastern Indonesia. Apart from the empiric contribution I have developed a methodology to handle history that is oral, place- and object-oriented, as opposed to – or rather complementary to – western chronological history based on written archives. I did my PhD at Linnaeus University where I am still associated with Linnaeus University Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies.
  The second project entitled ‘Roos & Ruins: A project to document the Ujir language of the Aru Islands’ funded by Volkswagen Stiftung is an interdisciplinary enterprise concerned with documenting the language, culture and history of Ujir, a community in the Aru Islands, the far eastern fringe of Indonesia, between New Guinea and Australia. Historically, Ujir is interesting as it is the easternmost reach of an early spread of Islam into Island Southeast Asia.     
  The research I am doing at NIAS brings together different strands of my interests, while being a rather specific study. I am investigating the potential role of the Bird of Paradise to the introduction of Islam in the Spice Islands (Maluku) in the 15th-16th centuries.
Please feel free to contact me in person or by email: emilie.wellfelt@lnu.se

Emilija Zabiliute New Guest Researcher at NIAS

Emilija Zabiliute is a South Asia and medical anthropology scholar based in Copenhagen. She has recently defended her PhD dissertation entitled ‘Living with Others: Subjectivity, Relatedness and Health among Urban Poor in Delhi” at the University of Copenhagen, Centre for Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies.

India’s health indicators show significant disparities across the social class as poor suffer from variety of health disorders and lack of access to care. Emilija’s study takes this matter as a vantage point to explore everyday lives and health-seeking practices among urban poor in an informal settlement at the margins of Delhi.
Based on a long-term fieldwork among urban poor, formal and informal medical practitioners and at a governmental health clinic dedicated for the poor, the study provides ethnography of everyday lives of the poor and their complex healthcare ecologies in an informal settlement. By taking everyday life as a vantage point to study illness and healthcare encounters, the study explores the effects of kin and neighbourly relatedness in women’s health choices and illness experiences.

Apart from her PhD thesis, Emilija’s most recent publication is “Wandering in a Mall: Aspirations and Family among Urban Poor Men in Delhi” in the journal Contemporary South Asian Studies. At NIAS, Emilija will be working on developing her thesis chapters into academic publications.

Welcome to our two new SUPRA Students!

Mette Gabler, PhD, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Creating Slogans for Social Change. An Inquiry into Advertising, Gendered Imagery and the Politics of Change in Urban India

The PhD project focusses on the ideas and understanding of change through the perspectives of individuals engaging in the production of advertising with social or commercial objectives. Thereby, this project is based on the conviction of media's influential power and is set among debates concerning the dynamics between media and social change while contributing with the rarely discussed perspectives of producers and considering change beyond identifications and descriptions.

Konrad Moss, MA, University of Oslo

Maintaining cultural identity in Pondicherry 

Konrad is currently working on his MA thesis which is based on field work in the South Indian city, Pondicherry. His focus lies on personal identity and definition of group identity within "Franco-Pondicherrien" and "Tamil-Pondicherrien" communities.

SUPRA Nordic Scholarship for MA and PhD students Spring 2017

Date: 
Saturday, October 1, 2016

SUPRA Nordic Scholarship for MA and PhD students Spring 2017

If you are working on a MA or PhD thesis during Spring 2017 and need some inspiration, literature or simply just time to write on your thesis, then NIAS has something to offer: the Nordic Scholarship!

The Nordic Scholarship covers inexpensive travel to Copenhagen, two weeks board and accommodation plus a working place at NIAS! A perfect chance to concentrate on your thesis, have inspirational talks with our researchers or collect material in Northern Europe's most comprehensive Asian studies library.

More information about SUPRA students' experiences at NIAS and practical information as well as application form.

NB: SUPRA scholarships are primarily for students from NNC member institutions.

Deadline for application: 1 October 2016

For more information, please contact supra@nias.ku.dk

Welcome to our two new SUPRA Students!

Noémi Zsófia Gombás, MA Student, University of Turku

Constructing the Female Desire: Leading Narratives and the „Fangirl Gaze” in Arashi Fanfiction
 
Noémi is currently working on her master thesis assessing the parasocial relationships between Japanese idol groups and their fans. Her current research interests include transcultural consumption, production of masculinity, and affective economics.
 
 
 
Nicolai Asbo Ahrenkiel, MA Student, Aarhus University
 
Food risk and Policy - Coping with Fukushima and food safety in post-3/11 Japan
 
The most pressing threat concerning food risks and safety in Japan today is the meltdown of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and the following radiation leakage into the environment, which contaminated a considerable part of one of Japan’s prime areas of agricultural production in the Tohoku region. Thus, food safety has become a major concern for many in Japan. My thesis seeks to examine how the government’s management of food risks concerning the radiation contamination of Tohoku produce has changed and/or developed in post-Fukushima Japan. Thus providing a further understanding of the interplay between consumers and the Japanese government in the food safety arena and the multiples of food risks in contemporary Japan.

 

An Occupation of Loss

An Occupation of Loss – a major performance/installation project and collaboration between NIAS Senior researcher Ida Nicolaisen & the artist Taryn Simon has opened in grand hall at the Park Avenue Armory in New York.

The project  brings 30 professional mourners to Manhattan from all parts of the globe to take part in  the multidisciplinary artwork, An Occupation of Loss

"It has been a wonderful journey and to finally meet the many performers has been most touching. It has been very complicated [...] especially those who come from remote parts of the world. But now they are all here in New York from as far as Ecuador, Venezuela, Cambodia, Bhutan, Borneo, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Tadjikistan, Albania, Greece, Colombia, Romania, Tamil Nadu,  Russia and Ghana and Burkina Faso. We have had a very special and wonderful week rehearsing. They are all great personalities, warm and fun  and of course fantastic performers. I wish you could share the experience with me but take a look at the review. I am so grateful to be part of this and make these new friends" says Ida.

Read the front page New York Times review here.

Read more about the exhibition here.

New Workplace Students at NIAS

We are happy to welcome two new workplace student to NIAS.

Sidsel Marie Nygaard
Sidsel is writing her master thesis in political science from Aarhus University with the work title "Tiger Cub Economies Struggling to Grow Up - case study of Malaysia", which investigates the political economy of the new Asian Tiger economies.
 

 

Jonathan Lehmann
Jonathan is an anthropology student at the University of Copenhagen. he is currently working on his master thesis entitled "(Yet another) Paradise Lost?", which investigates the changing livelihood strategies of local seaweed farmers in the small island of Nusa Lembongan, located in the Balinese Sea. Through a long-term ethnographic fieldwork, he has seen how the lives and economic strategies of three different families have changed drastically in order to follow the flows and consequences of the emerging tourist industry.
 

 

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