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  • The Nordic Himalaya Research Network seeks to build collaboration and scholarly exchange among Himalayan researchers of different disciplinary backgrounds and with different regional expertise: It connects Nordic scholars who work on India, China, Nepal and Bhutan but who are otherwise part of more nationally-oriented research networks. The Himalayas, as a region, traverses national borders and addresses issues of minority populations and peripheral societies with its syncretic mixture of political and religious systems, ethnic groups and unique environmental features. The aim of the network is to strengthen Himalayan studies in the Nordic region and to help to facilitate international collaboration.

  • The aim of the Network is to promote education, research and personal exchange on and to Asia in the member universities. 

    The Network was established in 1996 and since 1999 it has provided multidisciplinary online teaching on Asia. The Network is coordinated by the Centre for East Asian Studies, CEAS, at the University of Turku. 

    The University Network has eight member universities in nine cities.

    The Network provides

    • BA level Asian Programme (25-31 ECTS)
    • Over ten MA level online courses and
    • Two PhD level courses

    Annually over 1,000 students enroll in the courses offered by the Network. The students of the member universities can take courses free of charge. Other students can take the courses as self-paying students.

    In addition to the online courses, the Network’s activities include:

    • maintenance of the asianet-e-mail list
    • maintenance of the online Materialbank (photos and other materials for teaching)
    • annually published catalogue Research on Asia in Finnish Universities
    • annual Asian studies Day

    Fore more information contact: asianet (at)

  • The Gendering Asia Network provides a forum for exchange of knowledge and contacts among scholars and students working on gender and Asia. The Network aims to strengthen research and teaching on gender and Asia in the Nordic countries by facilitating contacts both internally among Nordic scholars and students, and also externally between academia in the Nordic countries and our counterparts in Asia and elsewhere in the world.

    The Gendering Asia Network has received a grant from NordForsk to strengthen research in the combined field of Asia studies and gender studies in the social sciences and humanities in the Nordic countries.

    The network is led by a steering group consisting of members from each of the five Nordic countries. NIAS serves as focal point for network meetings and other joint activities.

  • The Network for Asian Studies (Asianettverket) is a Norwegian research network which promotes studies, research, and information about the history, society, culture, politics and environment of the Asian region (except for West Asia).

    The Network organizes academically stimulating conferences, seminars, and lectures, and promotes contact between disciplines and institutions.

    The Network distributes a weekly newsletter in Norwegian, which includes information about seminars, conferences, scholarships and publications relevant for Asian studies in Norway. To sign up send an e-mail to our network assistant Sunniva H. Abrahamsen s.h.abrahamsen(at)

    You may also follow the Network for Asian Studies on Facebook and Twitter @Asianettverket, for updated information about events and Asia related news.

    For more information please contact the network coordinator Harald Bøckman: harald.bockman(at)

Central Asia

  • The Danish Society for Central Asia aims to promote knowledge about and interest in Central Asia then and now by serving as a multidisciplinary forum for coordination and strengthening of activities involving Central Asia.

    DSCA is an apolitical and non-profit based organisation. The term "Central Asia" covers in the society's auspices primarily: Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan; province of Xinjiang in China; the southern Siberian provinces in Russia, the northern provinces of Pakistan, as well as emigrants from those areas wherever they may be.

    Our activities include:


East Asia

  • Nordic Association for China Studies (NACS) was established in 1991 to promote scholarly interaction between the members of the Nordic Chinese Studies field. NACS is an active academic network for Nordic scholars, teachers and students specializing in Chinese Studies with a focus on humanities and social sciences. Moreover, NACS provides a network for distribution of relevant information and events on the field of Chinese Studies in Nordic countries, such as the Nordic China Studies conference held every other year. NACS is open to all China postgraduates, scholars, teachers and research fellows. More information about applying the membership and current events can be found on NACS’s website. 
  • Nordic Association for the Study of Contemporary Japanese Society (NAJS) was formed in 2002, with the aim to encourage Japanese studies in the Nordic countries, in particular by stimulating education and research related to modern Japanese society. The ambition of the network is to be an interdisciplinary forum where doctoral students and researchers can share experiences, exchange information, and take part in debates.

 NAJS organises an annual spring Conference. The purpose of the Conference is to give researchers focusing on contemporary Japanese society a possibility to share their findings in a friendly, informal atmosphere.

  • NAJAKS, the Nordic Association of Japanese and Korean Studies, was established in 1988 and connects scholars within the fields of Japan and Korean studies from all the Nordic countries. NAJAKS´ main activities are its symposiums, which are held every three years and gather contributors from all over the world. Most active NAJAKS participants are researchers working in Nordic universities within the humanities and the social sciences.


    Japanese Studies: Lasse Lehtonen,

    Korean Studies: Jeong-Young Kim,


  • The aim of the Sino-Nordic Gender Studies Network is to develop trans-national, cross-cultural and inter-disciplinary perspectives on studies of women and gender within and between the Chinese and Nordic environments.

    The main network activity is to convene Sino-Nordic Women & Gender Studies Conferences. This series of conferences has been held every third year since 2002.

    The conferences bring together academics and students, as well as activists and practitioners within the specific subject of each conference, from China and the Nordic countries to engage in cross-cultural comparisons. The conferences aim to facilitate constructive and thought-provoking dialogues and discussions. Unquestioned assumptions may be challenged and stimulus provided to view one’s own society from alternative perspectives. The conferences include both theoretical and policy relevant research. The latest conference Gender and Communication: Representation, voice and empowerment in and through media, film and information and communication technologies (ICTs)  was held in Beijing in 2014. A full report on the conference can be found here.

    A additional network activity is to convene PhD courses in connection with the conferences. Two PhD courses have been held in 2009 and 2012 at the Nordic Centre Fudan. The third course on the theme of Modernization, gender and generation - reconfigurations of everyday life. Cases from China and the Nordic countries will be held in May 2015.

    Contact person: Dr Cecilia Milwertz, NIAS

Southeast Asia

  • The Nordic Indonesia Studies Network is a scholarly, non-political, non-profit professional initiative to foster scholarly cooperation within the Nordic countries in the field of Indonesian studies.

    The aim of the network is to bring together a variety of researchers; from the most experienced Indonesia hands to the youngest researchers who are just commencing their studies, and from all disciplines within the social sciences. NISN seeks to promote and encourage the study and teaching of all aspects relating to the society, culture and literature of the Republic of Indonesia. The network organizes seminars, and workshops for scholars, Ph.D. students, MA students, and other interested parties. We aspire to facilitate discussion among members on topics of Indonesian interest, and to promote and enhance the interest in Indonesian studies within the Nordic countries.

    Our activities receive support from a variety of private and public sources. NISN is hosted by the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, and allNISN funds are administered by NIAS staff under the University of Copenhagen. For past and upcoming activities, please check our website

    For more information please contact: norindostudies (a)

  • Welcome to the N-SEA Network!

    In April 2013 more than twenty Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish and non-Nordic researchers met in Copenhagen for a workshop aimed at presenting current research on Southeast Asia, and at launching a Nordic Network of Southeast Asian Studies.

    Against the move away from area or regional studies that characterizes much scholarly thinking today, we have found the need to re-invigorate a conversation about Southeast Asia as a region. We do so with humility and mindful of integrating the insights from thematic approaches and the increasing globalization. This conversation is important for several reasons. Firstly, as more and more focus is being lavished on India and China, it seems as though Southeast Asia is being forgotten despite the fact that the region is growing in economic and demographic importance. Furthermore, the region is increasingly globalized through mass-migration, especially from Thailand and the Philippines, but also from the rest of the region. Hence, Southeast Asia is constantly and increasingly present also in Denmark and in North in general. Finally, Southeast Asian Studies has always contributed with original conceptual developments that cannot be reduced to the study of China and India or the rest of the world.

    The aim of the network is to bring scholars together from the Nordic countries through events that are either organized by the network or individuals within the network or events where it would be fruitful to bring aboard a specific Southeast Asian dimension. To facilitate the exchange between students will be of particular importance. Finally, the network will also be used as a vehicle for fundraising and common projects.

South Asia

  • The South across the Nordic Region (SANR) aims to present cutting edge research undertaken by Nordic scholars, and to facilitate greater collaboration across Nordic research institutions and universities. The need for such a meeting forum has been acutely felt by scholars, especially young scholars in need of mentorship and support in the early career stage. This scholarly meeting is an important step towards building up future frameworks of cooperation.

  • India Researchers of Finland is an informal network of scholars based in Finland and focusing on India in their research. The network will accept as members any scholars who has worked on or has interest in Indian society and/or culture and is affiliated with a Finnish academic institution or other similar organization. The network is happy to get in touch and plan cooperation with other similar networks and institutions within and outside of Finland.
  • NoFSA is a network linking Nordic resources on South Asia within research, culture, business, public administration, NGOs, the media, etc. The idea is to help people across sectors draw on each other´s experience and expertise, primarily though our mailing list and ourfacebook group. NoFSA is an independent organisation hosted by the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages at the University of Oslo. We are the first network of its kind in the Nordic region, and we welcome anyone with a professional interest in South Asia.

    A brief background
    NoFSA was established in the mid-1990s at the University of Oslo, originally under the name of the Norwegian Forum for South Asia. The forum was founded by a group of scholars and other South Asia interested persons. In 2002 the forum changed its name to the Nordic Forum for South Asia. NoFSA has members from the Nordic countries, as well as from other parts of the world. The main activity of NoFSA through the years has been to maintain the NoFSA-NET mailing list, where members post items of interest and take part in on-line discussions. More recently we have launched a group on facebook, which presently has around 165 members. With upwards of 40 entries per day, NoFSA’s facebook group is a great place to stay updated on South Asia related events. NoFSA also hosts an annual ‘contemporary India seminar’ which brings together South Asianists from the Nordic countries to strengthen inter-Nordic cooperation.

    NoFSA is a non-partisan forum with the main aim of encouraging a sense of community and information sharing among people in the Nordic region with an interest in South Asia. From its start in the mid-1990's and until 2010, NoFSA was hosted at The Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM) . The organisation is currently hosted at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages (IKOS), University of Oslo.

  • After an initiative by the Foreign Ministry in 1998, Sida SAREC invited suggestions from Uppsala, Göteborg and Lund universities on how to set up a Swedish centre/network for South Asian studies in June 1999.

    In May 2000, Lund was given the responsibility, with a planning period lasting for the remaining part of that year, and funding for 2001-2002. An advisory conference was organised in Lund in October 2000, with participation of Swedish senior researchers and a fair representation of PhD candidates and concerned government officials.
SASNET was formally started in January 2001.

    SASNET is a national network for research, education, and information about South Asia, based at Lund University. The aim is to encourage and promote an open and dynamic networking process, in which Swedish researchers co-operate with researchers in South Asia and globally.

    The network is open to all sciences. Priority is given to co-operation between disciplines and across faculties, as well as institutions in the Nordic countries and in South Asia. The basic idea is that South Asian studies will be most fruitfully pursued in co-operation between researchers, working in different institutions with a solid base in their mother disciplines.

    Till 31 December 2009, the network was financed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, and by Lund University. From 2010, SASNET is entirely funded by Lund University.

    Anyone can become a member of the network by sending an email to, and membership is free. Members receive a monthly newsletter with information about research news and more related to South Asia.

    For further information contact: