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China’s New Minority: Africans in China, Their Identities and Well-Being

Friday, October 23, 2020 - 10:15 to 11:30

Online seminar
Friday 23 October, 10:15-11:30 (Copenhagen Time, Prague Time) / 11:15-12:30 (Helsinki Time)

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In the past decade, the relations between China and African countries have transcended from state-level multi-lateral and bilateral exchanges to the micro-level, with important implications for households and individuals. Of note has been the varying forms of population migrations between the two places for reasons ranging from business ventures, education, asylum-seeking and family making and reunification. The focus of this seminar is on the well-beings of Africans, as a new kind of minority in China. Topics range from psychological distress of Africans in Hong Kong, recent tensions in Guangzhou between African residents and city authorities over perceived discriminatory COVID-19 control measures, and African students’ dream to elevate themselves on the social ladder through further education in China.

Opening: Duncan McCargo, Director of NIAS - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, University of Copenhagen

Moderator: Julie Yu-Wen Chen, Professor of Chinese Studies, University of Helsinki

Speakers: (Each speaker has 10 minutes)

Psychological Wellbeing in Diaspora Space: A Study of African Economic Migrants in Hong Kong 
Dr. Padmore Adusei Amoah, Research Assistant Professor, School of Graduate Studies; Asia Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies; Center for Social Policy and Social Change, Lingnan University

Bridging the Asymmetries? African Students’ Mobility to China 
Dr. Obert Hodzi, Lecturer, Department of Politics, University of Liverpool

Africans in Post-COVID-19 Pandemic China: Is there a Future for China's 'New Minority'?
Dr. Roberto Castillo, Assistant Professor, Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University

Discussants: (Each discussant has 5 minutes)

Dr. Hang Kei Ho, Researcher, Sociology Discipline, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki

Dr. Runya Qiaoan, Assistant Professor, Department of Asian Studies, Palacky University

This event is co-organized by NIAS - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Journal of Asian Ethnicity (Taylor &Francis), Department of Asian Studies at Palacky University as well as Chinese Studies at the University of Helsinki.
The seminar is part of ADI/NIAS’ Africa-Asia Week events.

POSTPONED! Gendering Tranformations: Feminist Knowledge Production and Trans/national Activist Engagement

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 09:00 to Friday, October 30, 2020 - 14:00


International Conference
7th Sino-Nordic Women and Gender Studies Conference

Gendering Transformations: Feminist Knowledge Production and Trans/national Activist Engagement


Venue: National Central Library, Taiwan


Dear Colleagues,

We regret to inform you that due to the current situation with COVID-19, we have decided to postpone the conference til next year.
More information, including the new conference dates, will follow.


National Central Library, Taiwan
Nordic Institute of Asian Studies
Taiwanese Feminist Scholars Association

Gender, Resistance and Transnational Memories of Violent Conflicts

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - 14:00 to 15:00

Pauline Stoltz in conversation with Duncan McCargo

Take part in this online conversation about transitional justice and memory politics, arranged in a cooperation between Aalborg University and NIAS – Nordic Institute of Asian Studies.

In 2020 it is 75 years ago Indonesian nationalists proclaimed independence from the colonial power of the Netherlands. Aalborg University researcher Pauline Stoltz has analyzed the politics of memories of three violent conflicts that took place in Indonesia, covering the period between 1942 and 2015.

By highlighting how people’s memories and experiences of injustices are related to gender, ‘race’, sexuality, nationality and generation, she addresses not only how these historical conflicts were the result of inequalities, but also how these inequalities still hurt today both in Indonesia and in other parts of the world.

These feelings of hurt can lead to resistances to silences and denials concerning human rights abuses and historical injustices.

Join us in this online conversation between Pauline Stoltz and Duncan McCargo, director of The Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Copenhagen University.

The conversation is followed by a Q & A.

This is an online event on Zoom. Participants need to sign up using this form.

The book
In the book “Gender, Resistance and Transnational Memories of Violent Conflicts” Stolz uses innovative transnational and gender approaches in the research fields of transitional justice and memory politics and an original approach to the narrative analysis of four major Dutch and Indonesian novels.

These feelings of hurt can lead to resistances to silences and denials concerning human rights abuses and historical injustices.

The monograph, published at Palgrave Macmillan, puts the focus on gender and resistances to silences and denials of responsibility concerning human rights abuses and historical injustices.

Read more: Indonesia’s violent past: New book on transitional justice and memory politics


Civil Society Elites: New Perspectives on Civil Society in Cambodia and Indonesia

Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 12:00

Online zoom lecture with Anders Uhlin, Lund University
This event is cohosted by CEAS at Turku University and NIAS.


In this guest lecture, Uhlin will report from an ongoing research project that explores how and why certain individuals reach leading positions within civil society and what kind of resources they use, gain and lose when they interact with and sometimes move to the state, political, and economic fields, in increasingly authoritarian Cambodia and post-authoritarian Indonesia. To many civil society researchers and practitioners, the notion of a “civil society elite” is a contradiction. Uhlin will attempt to demonstrate how an elite perspective can shed new light on internal and external civil society dynamics, highlighting power inequalities within and beyond civil society. Combining two fields of research – civil society studies and elite studies – the project identifies different types of elite formation within civil society and traces interactions and integration with elite groups from political society, economic society, and the state. The project explores how such processes play out in the context of generally shrinking (Cambodia) and relatively expanding (Indonesia) political space for civil society, and analyses the role of foreign funding in processes of elitization. In the lecture, Uhlin will elaborate on an analytical framework based in field theory and describe how the project has employed this framework to execute case studies of civil society activists, organizations, and networks operating in the fields of agriculture, youth, natural resources and environment, human rights, and anti-corruption, on national and local levels in Cambodia and Indonesia. He will report preliminary findings that challenge a view of civil society entities as relatively isolated from the state, political and economic society, by revealing power relations that link them.


Anders Uhlin

Anders Uhlin is professor of Political Science at Lund University. His main research interests are in the fields of civil society, transnational activism, global governance, and democratization. His most recent monograph analyses the role of civil society actors in a possible democratization of international organizations and other forms of global governance arrangements. More specifically, it is about civil society engagement with the Asian Development Bank and ASEAN: Civil Society and Regional Governance: The Asian Development Bank and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.


Kindly be aware of any time difference: the event will be held at 12-14 (Turku, Helsinki time) and 11-13 (Lund/Stockholm and Copenhagen time).


To receive a Zoom link by email prior to the event, please contact Kamila Szczepanska (

CFP Asia and Africa in Transition 28-30 June 2021

Monday, June 28, 2021 - 12:00 to Wednesday, June 30, 2021 - 16:00

International Conference
University of Copenhagen | 28–30 June 2021

In 2021, the annual ADI conference and the annual NNC conference will join forces with a number of globally oriented networks and centres at the University of Copenhagen.

The organisers are:

  • Asian Dynamics Initiative
  • NIAS – Nordic Institute of Asian Studies
  • School of Global Health
  • Sustainability Science Centre
  • ThinkChina
  • UCPH Global Development

Call for Papers and Panels

Linkages between Asia and Africa have a transformative impact across the globe in areas ranging from economic development, climate and demography to health and health care, politics and entertainment. Placing Asia-Africa engagement and dynamics as focal points, this conference will feature keynote speeches and a range of panels and roundtables across disciplines, temporalities and themes.

We invite abstracts for paper presentations addressing one of the panels listed below:

• Asian partners in the transition of ports in Africa … »
• Banal democracies: Beyond electoral temporality … »
• China going global: Historical trajectories, current debates, and future prospects … »
• Constructing historical and identity narratives in Central Eurasia … »
• Engendering humanity in Africa and Asia … »
• Foreign agricultural investments as driver of rural transformation? … »
• From recipients to donors: New engagement of Asian countries in humanitarian aid in Africa … »
• Health systems in transition: Human health resources as agents of change … »
• Local expressions of global ideas: Negotiating modernity, aesthetics and cultural heritage in African and Asian museums … »
• Situated natalisms – familial and filial forms in Africa and Asia … »
• The geopolitics of China’s rise in Africa: Implications and challenges for democratisation and human rights … »
• The geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific … »
• The making of Belt and Road Initiative projects in African states: Local actors, interests and policy link-ups … »
• Urbanization in rural regions of Africa and Asia … »

Your submission should include:

• Name, affiliation, short bio
• Abstract including title (up to 250 words)
• Intended panel

We also invite full panel proposals on Asia – Africa related themes. Your submission should include:

• Name, affiliation and contact details of convener/contact person
• Title and description of panel (up to 250 words)
• Name and affiliation of 3-4 presenters in the panel, title of their presentations and abstracts (each up to 250 words)

Read the full call here

Deadline for submitting abstracts or full panel proposals: 31 January 2021
Proposals should be submitted via email to

In the event that we receive more proposals than we can accommodate, the organisers and conveners will decide among the submitted proposals.

Keynote Speakers

  •     Ching Kwan Lee, Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles
  •     Jonathan Rigg, Professor and Chair in Human Geography at the University of Bristol
  •     Reiner Klingholz, Former Director of Berlin Institute for Population and Development

Read more about the conference here