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A New Chapter in Cross-Strait Relations? Lessons from the Taiwan Presidential Elections

Monday, January 27, 2020 - 12:30 to 13:30

Lunch talk by Arthur S. Ding

Having just won another term as president with a record number of votes, and secured her party (the DPP) a majority in the parliament, Tsai Ing-wen seems to have strengthened her mandate as leader of Taiwan. While most observers, less than a year ago, expected the opposition KMT candidate to win the elections comfortably, Tsai managed to reinvigorate her campaign by adopting a strong position on the unfolding Hong Kong crisis, thereby placing Cross-Strait relations at the center of the election agenda. But where does that leave relations between Taiwan and China, what are the main lessons to draw from the election results, how strong is Tsai’s governing mandate on closer inspection and how do Cross-Strait relations fit into the broader picture of US-China great power rivalry in East Asia?

In this lunch talk, these and other questions will be addressed by Arthur S. Ding, emeritus Professor from the National Chengchi University in Taipei. Co-hosted by ThinkChina, the talk will take place at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies and be moderated by Andreas B. Forsby from NIAS. The presentation will be followed by 30 minutes of Q & A.  

Time: January 27, 12.30-13.30
VenueNIAS - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies meeting room, CSS Øster Farimagsgade 5, building 18, room 18.1.08

All are welcome

Please note that any recording of the lecture before prior approval from NIAS/ThinkChina is NOT allowed!

Policing Southeast Asia: Challenges for Field Researchers

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 14:00

Policing is often a controversial business, but faces particular challenges in countries where human rights are weakly institutionalized. How can researchers conduct fieldwork on policing in contentious Southeast Asian contexts, such as Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s ongoing war on drugs? This event features researchers who have been studying how the police operates in Burma/Myanmar, the Philippines and Thailand, and facilitates discussion about the challenges they have faced.


  • Steffen Bo Jensen - Aalborg University
  • Anna Warburg - Aarhus University
  • Helene Maria Kyed - Danish Institute for International Studies
  • Duncan McCargo - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies


  • 14.00-14.25 Anna Warburg:
    ‘Police Perspectives in the Philippine War on Drugs’
  • 14.25-14.50 Steffen Bo Jensen:
    ’Compelled Intimacy and the Violence of Politics in the Philippine Drug War’
  • 14.50-15.20 Q&A for Philippine papers
  • 15.20-15.40 Coffee break
  • 15.40-16.05 Helene Maria Kyed:
    ‘Ceasefire State Making through the Expansion of Parallel Justice Systems in Myanmar’
  • 16.05-16.30 Duncan McCargo:
    'Out with the Detectives: Policing the Thai Capiltal'
  • 16.30-17.00 Q&A for Myanmar and Thailand papers

Time: 4 February, 14:00-17:00
VenueNIAS meeting room, CSS Øster Farimagsgade 5, building 18, room 18.1.08

All are welcome!
Please note that any recording of the lecture before prior approval from NIAS is NOT allowed!


Lunch lecture by Tom Pepinsky "Migrants, Minorities, and Populism in Asia"

Friday, February 21, 2020 - 12:00 to 13:30

Migrants, Minorities, and Populism in Asia

Populists in East and Southeast Asia generally refrain from invoking anti-migrant and anti-minority sentiments as part of their mobilizational strategies. This differentiates them from “exclusionary” populists in Europe, even though many Southeast Asian countries are diverse societies with long histories of migration and ethnic chauvinism. Because the categories of peoplehood that were set alongside the onset of mass politics at independence remain salient today, they constrain contemporary Asian populists’ rhetorical and mobilizational strategies—even in Southeast Asia’s diverse societies. The Asian experience reveals the importance of historical sequence in nationalist mobilization and mass incorporation in shaping popular identity, citizenship, and membership in contemporary populism.

Thomas Pepinsky is Professor of Government and Director of the Southeast Asia Program at Cornell University, and Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He specializes in Southeast Asian politics, and his current research focuses on the political economy of identity, in Southeast Asia and beyond.

Time: Friday 21 February 2020, 12:00-13:30
Venue: NIAS meeting room, CSS Øster Farimagsgade 5, building 18, room 18.1.08

Please note that any recording of the lecture before prior approval from NIAS is NOT allowed!

Asia and Africa in Transition

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 12:00 to Friday, October 23, 2020 - 16:00

In 2020, 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

About the conference

Asia and Africa, with a population of 4.6 billion and 1.3 billion respectively, represent about 80 percent of the world’s population. Major changes have taken place both within and between the two continents in areas ranging from economic development, trade, health care, demography and climate to politics and entertainment, with impacts that reach out in many cases across the globe. The conference will focus on the multiple forms of linkages occurring between Asia and Africa in an increasingly multi-polar world. It will feature keynote speeches and a range of panels and roundtables across disciplines, temporalities and themes in the study of Asian and African dynamics.

More information will follow in due course.

Internal NNC & UCPH call for panels.
Conference website

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

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

Call for Papers, Panels and Posters

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

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


Dates: October 28th-30th (Tuesday-Friday), 2020
Venue: National Central Library, Taiwan


Dear Colleagues,

It is our great pleasure to announce that the International Conference of Gendering Transformations― Feminist Knowledge Production and Trans/national Activist Engagement will be held in National Central Library, Taiwan from October 28th-30th, 2020. The conference will be a much needed gathering of socially-concerned scholars and activists who are thinking about and interfering into the intersectional inequalities, injustices, and exploitations. We invite gender studies scholars who are working within and across a number of disciplines, methodologies and intellectual traditions. The language of the conference will be English. Authors are invited to submit panel proposals or individual paper proposal to the Conference Submission System ( or by using the Session Proposal Form by February 29, 2020. The abstract should be in English and have a length of approximately 300-500 words.

Topics for submission include but are not limited to:

  1. Bodies and Embodiments
  2. Gender and Care
  3. Gender and Politics
  4. Gender and/in Media
  5. Gender and/in Education
  6. Gender and Ableism
  7. Gender and/in Social Movements
  8. Gender, Medicine and Technology
  9. Gender, Economy, Work and Welfare
  10. Intimacies, Forms and Affects
  11. States, Regions and Globalizations
  12. Politics of Feminist Knowledge Production
  13. Feminisms and/ in Histories and Literatures
  14. Feminisms in Transition: Theories and Practices
  15. Migration Processes /Race/Gender/Class
  16. Gender, Arts and Institutions: Libraries and Museums

Important Dates:

Submission Deadline: February 29, 2020
Author Notification: April 30, 2020
Registration Open: May 1, 2020


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