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NIAS søger en PROSA studerende med fokus på digitale platforme og IT

På NIAS bruger vi flere digitale platforme, f eks er vores bibliotek, NIAS LINC, 100% digitalt. Dette betyder, at vi har et stærkt fokus på vores online platforme, og derfor søger vi nu en PROSA studerende, til at vedligeholde og at styrke disse platforme.

  • Være med til at ensrette NIAS Web-miljø, herunder deltage i processen omkring: 
  • Vedligeholdelse og opdatering af vore forskellige websites 
  • Gennemgangen af de gamle systemer og deres bæredygtighed  
  • Finde tidsvarende og bæredygtige løsninger 
  • Nedlægning og/eller migrering af gamle systemer

Læs hele stillingsopslaget her

Yderligere oplysninger: 
om stillingen kan fås ved henvendelse til bibliotekar Inga-Lill Blomkvist, mailto:
Ansøgningsfrist er den 15 september 2018. Tiltrædelse hurtigst muligt.


Minhwa Jo, PhD Student, University of Eastern Finland.

English education in South Korea in the era of globalization: Attitude of mothers, non-native English teachers, and policy makers.

The study attempts to shed light on the attitudes towards English education among mothers who invest large amounts of money in their children’s English education, as well as the attitudes of non-native English speaking teachers (hereafter NNS) and of policy makers. Focusing specifically on analyzing English as a commodity in South Korea, I investigate English private after-school education particularly at the elementary school level. I hope to highlight the through processes that triggered the move towards globalization and incorporating foreign languages to serve domestic needs. My research hopes to improve the quality of English language education without being financially burdensome for learners. This study could also alter how social discourses are idealized, represented, and reproduced. 

Shahidul Islam, PhD Student, University of Lapland.

The Role of ICT for Women’s development in rural Bangladesh-a case study on ‘Infolady’ model.

The purpose of this project is to investigate the role of Information and communication technology (ICT) for

women’s development in rural Bangladesh by understanding their current educational position in the society.
In this qualitative research, I will mainly focus on ‘Infolady’ model which has founded by a ‘non-government
organization (NGO) called ‘’ in 2004 for implementing research and action programs in the areas, where
information and knowledge can contribute to poverty alleviation, economic growth and peace. The innovative
Infolady idea is giving services for thousands of rural populations, especially for women who do have limited
access or no access to information services due to various social and religious obstacle. These women are also
trapped in a cycle of poverty, health problems and natural disasters. Through the various digital kids (e.g.
netbook, smart phone, digital camera etc.) on their doorstep, the Infolady has brought the opportunity to those
rural underprivileged villagers to improve their chances in life.

Forskere kortlægger fiskekvoternes mange uheldige konsekvenser

22 forskere fra hele verden har kortlagt de negative følger af det udbredte system med at give fiskekvoter til individuelle fiskere. De foreslår at etablere en international fiskeri-database, som kan hjælpe politikere, embedsmænd, fiskere til bedre fiskeriforvaltning over hele verden.

Postdoc-forsker Lau Øfjord Blaxekjær fra Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS) Københavns Universitets og professor Jesper Raakjær fra Aalborg Universitets Institut for Planlægning har analyseret konsekvenserne af den meget udbredte brug af IOK’er i dansk og færøsk fiskeriforvaltning.

Læs mere her

Getting policy right: why fisheries management is plagued by the panacea mindset
Fisheries management has often been characterized by regulatory policies that result in panaceas--broad based policy solutions that are expected to address several problems, which result in unintended consequences. An international research team shows how one size fits all policies like individual transferable quotas may be doomed from the onset, as these policies perpetuate "the panacea mindset." The team calls for a more customized policy approach in a new piece that will be published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


Asia in Focus Issue 6 is out now!

We are pleased to share with you Issue 6 of Asia in Focus!

Read online or download a pdf of the entire journal or the individual manuscripts at

We recently made an exciting change by opening the journal up to submissions from scholars across Europe. We look forward to receiving increasing numbers for Issue 7! In the current issue we publish authors of different nationalities studying and researching in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Germany.  

Issue 6 starts with a look at historical events from the 19th century in Japan, with John Hennessey doing a reevaluation of William Wheeler’s Work for the Kaitakushi, the Japanese government agency responsible for the settlement of the northern island of Hokkaido, through a postcolonial lens. In the second chapter, Deirdre Sneep takes us into the 20th century with an analysis of the history of the smartphone. She sheds light on the dominant techno-orientalist narrative which almost entirely overlooks the historical achievements and contribution of technologies originating in Japan. We then make a shift to look at contemporary social and institutional change. Firstly, Nhung Lu Rots’ examines how domestic and global food anxieties impact sustainable pangasius production in an analysis of the aftermath of the 2016 marine disaster in Vietnam. Secondly, we return to Japan for Christer Kold Lindholm’s analysis of economic inequality in Japan between the 1880s and the early 2000s reveals how policies designed to promote growth, which neglect redistribution, constitute a weak and disjointed approach to development in which growth may even lead to deeper socio-economic inequalities. The issue closes with Karin Hongsaton Zackari’s critical review of Tyrell Haberkorn’s In Plain Sight: Impunity and Human Rights in Thailand.

Enjoy the read and we hope you a enjoy a wonderful summer!

All the best

Asia in Focus Editorial Committee


Asia In Focus will take a  holiday until 15 August.
Remember  the submission deadline for the Call for papers for Issue 7 is 17 August 2018.
You are always welcome to contact us with questions and comments at


New Worksplace Student at NIaS

Thomas Østergaard Rasmussen is a student at China Studies at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies at the University of Copenhagen.

Thomas says:
I'm currently writing my master thesis on the Qing Embassy in the US from 1880-1902. The focus will be on praxis of foreign policy and international diplomacy during the transition from Qing imperial praxises to western oriented ones. I've chosen NIAS because of the great scholarly atmosphere and the great expertise on China that is housed at this institute.

Thomas will be at NIAS until Christmas.


Nicklas Junker, MA student, Stockholm University

I am a master student in Asian Studies (and in linguistics  – Swedish being my specialized field) at Stockholm University. I have a B.A. in Chinese and a B.A. in linguistics. My current project is on place and identity in Hong Kong literature written in Chinese. How do Chinese writers identify and depict themselves in a metropolis that have changed from being a British colony into a Chinese Special administrative region? How is place and identity being put forward in Hong Kong literature, and (how) has it changed during the last decades considering the handover?



Thien Nguyen, MA student, University of Tampere

I am a student of the master program in Research and Innovation in Higher Education (MARIHE) under the management and funding of Erasmus Mundus Program. Currently I am writing my thesis on “Exploring Organizational Culture of Vietnamese Higher Education Institutions and Its Impact on Faculty Turnover”. My desire to explore this topic derives from the fact that there have been a few studies investigating turnover of faculty in Vietnamese institutions in spite of the increase of this phenomenon. In addition, the study also hopes to find trends and tendencies of the organizational culture of public universities in Vietnam. Also, it is expected that the findings of this study will enrich the existing literature on turnover and organizational culture. Comparing to research studies on the topic of faculty turnover, this thesis looks at the matter from the perspective of organizational culture which may be influenced by the academic culture of the country as well. 



Henna Juusola, PhD candidate, University of Tampere

Quality beyond the borders: Perspectives on Quality of Higher Education in the Context of Finnish Education Export

I am currently doing a PhD research that is focusing on the factors that explain the quality of higher education in the context of Finnish education export (transnational education) phenomenon. My research is combining the national higher education policy, institutional quality assurance practicalities and concrete education export implementation that is a master degree programme in teacher education in Indonesia (Aceh region). The programme was organized between the years 2016-2017 in a collaboration with Indonesian Sukma foundation and the Faculty of Education, University of Tampere. In my research, quality of education is as a political and relative concept, and from that perspective my study also challenge the concept of quality of education that is often taken for granted and stress the multiple, sometimes conflicting socio-cultural frames (conventions) where the value creation is based on.  


Luran Min, MA Student, Stockholm University

The Chinese Communist Party’s Public Opinion Warfare against Taiwan:A Discourse Analysis of the Depiction of the Cross-Strait Issue on Mainstream Media of China (P.R.C)

I am currently doing a MA thesis project on the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) public opinion/media warfare against Taiwan. The project might allow to explain to what extent and how the public opinion warfare works  from the perspective of political communication. My background is East Asian studies at Stockholm University. My undergraduate program included a exchange program at Chinese Culture University  in Taiwan, a summer school of Japanese language and culture at Meiji University in Tokyo, and two media traineeships at China Central Television and China Review News Agency in Beijing. My MA thesis focuses on Chinese political communication and its effect on East Asia. I am confident that that my stay at NIAS, including consultations and communication with researchers here and use of available resources, will be most beneficial to my MA thesis project. ​



Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies inaugurated

On 16 may the Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies (TRCCS) was officially inaugurated at the TORS Center of Knowledge at the Southern Campus of the University of Copenhagen. TRCCS is the result of a cooperation agreement between the National Central Library of Taiwan (NCL) on the one hand and Department of Cross-cultural and Regional Studies (ToRS) together with NIAS Library on the other hand. The agreement was jointly signed by Mme Tseng, General Director of the National Central Library, Lars Højer, Deputy Head of Department of TORS and Geir Helgesen, Director of NIAS.

The agreement includes a TRCCS book collection, a gift from NCL, with titles from Taiwan which will be physically located at ToRS Center of Knowledge but available for Nordic users via interlibrary loan, a number of e-resources which will be available to member institutions of the Nordic NIAS Council (NNC) via the Asiaportal, as well as  exchange of information regarding new publications on Taiwan and Chinese studies,  and assistance for  academic or professional events outside Taiwan. The book collection at ToRS will be updated annually with new titles.  The establishment of the first TRCCS represents a major strengthening on the information side for studies on Taiwan and Chinese studies, especially classic studies, in the Nordic countries.

Mme Tseng also brought two precious facsimile book gifts for the TRCCS and ToRS library in recognition of the importance of the cooperation,  “Dongpo’s Poetry” (21 volumes,) and Diamond Sutra (1 volume). There are only 350 sets of "Dongpo' poetry" in all on the market. Below is a picture of the Diamond Sutra from the inauguration ceremony.

The National Central Library as the National Library of Taiwan are also responsible for the public library sector in Taiwan and in connection with the inauguration of the TRCCS,  the delegation from NCL also visited the Royal Danish Library, the Culture Yard (Kulturværftet) in Helsingør and Copenhagen Public Library.

Image:General Director Mme Tseng shows the Diamond Sutra together with Lars Højer, Deputy Head of ToRS.

Martin Lavicka new guest researcher at NIAS

Martin Lavicka studied Chinese and Japanese philology at Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic, and International Relations at National Chengchi University in Taiwan. He is a lecturer at the Department of Asian Studies at Palacký University Olomouc, where he teaches modern Chinese history and Chinese politics. His Ph.D. research focuses on sociolegal aspects of China's ethnic policies.

Martin is also affiliated as a visiting scholar to the project led by Professor Ildikó Bellér-Hann from the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies titled Between Homogenization and Fragmentation: Textual Practices as Strategies of Integration and Identity Maintenance among the Uyghurs of Xinjiang, China (20th‒21st centuries).

We are happy to welcome Martin to NIAS, he will stay with us for the next 6  months.


Erling Agøy, Ph.D. candidate, University of Oslo.

Historical Climate Change in the Jiāngnán Region in the Late Míng and Early Qīng periods (1600-1700): Perceptions, Effects and Adaptation.

I am currently doing a Ph.D. researching on the human side of historical climate change, with a focus on the Jiāngnán region of Eastern China in the 17th century. This includes  the effect on climate change on society, how climate change was perceived by local societies and which measures were taken to counter it. I will approach this topic through the use of contemporary historical sources, and especially local gazetteers. My Ph.D. is a part of the research project Airborne at the University of Oslo. 

My background is in Chinese and East Asian studies at the University of Oslo, including exchange programs in China and Taiwan and a traineeship at the Norwegian Embassy in Beijing. My MA thesis focused on Chinese perceptions of foreigners in a historical perspective. I am confident that that my stay at NIAS, including consultations with researchers here and use of available resources, will be most beneficial to my Ph.D. project. ​


Cyrus Gearhart Sie, MA Student, University of Tampere

Perceptions of Peace and Renewed Conflict on the Korean Peninsula: Views from the Toronto-based community of North Korean defectors on Kim Jong-un’s Diplomacy

With wide-ranged interests spanning diverse subjects and experiences to match, Cyrus landed on a topic that threads all these aspects and ties them together. Taking his interests in international relations, security, and the movement and distribution of people and societies that he realized through his BA at the University of British Columbia, adding in his initial exposure to North Korean defectors at the One Young World Summit in Bangkok as well as his experience working first-hand as a service-provider to asylum-seekers and refugees in Malta, and combining them with his present MA Peace, Mediation and Conflict Resolution programme and additional credit in East Asian topics, Cyrus endeavours to make his contribution to the literature on North Korea. With the Hermit Kingdom being front and centre of the international news cycle but with little information available on it, interactions with the country is a lesson in trial and error. His thesis hopes to pull back some of the veil of mystery by interviewing members of the Toronto-based community of defectors from the regime and gathering their invaluable insight on the prospects of peace and renewed conflict with the regime of Kim Jong-un, using recent diplomatic events as data points.