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External event - Jokowi - to be or not to be?

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Indonesia, the world’s third largest democracy, elects a new president and parliament

© Photo of (then not-yet President ) Joko Widodo during balloting for Legislative Elections, taken by M.P.Stadler, 9 April 2014

© Photo of (then not-yet President ) Joko Widodo during balloting for Legislative Elections, taken by M.P.Stadler, 9 April 2014

On 17 April 2019, general elections will be held in Indonesia, which is home to the largest Muslim population in the world. For the first time in the republic’s history, the president, the vice president, and members of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR), will be elected on the same day. These elections are significant because they are depicted to set the future path of Indonesia politically, economically and socially as well as what concerns human rights. Current President Joko Widodo (usually abbreviated as Jokowi) chose to run with the Islamic conservative Ma’ruf Amin as vice presidential candidate. Prabowo Subianto, former military general during the era of President Suharto, who is responsible for human rights violations, is the rival opponent running together with the entrepreneur and businessman Sandiaga Uno.

What will be the effect for Indonesia’s diversity and for its ethnic and religious plurality? Will the nation’s state motto “Unity in Diversity” be under threat? What are additional factors and voices determining the elections? What are the implications for foreign policy in ASEAN, inter-Asian and European relations? And what are Denmark’s and Sweden’s interests in these elections?

The event will be looking at the Indonesian elections from a “Nordic perspective”, feature representatives from the academic field of Southeast Asian Studies, the press and diplomatic circles who will give brief talks of informed insight and commentary, and exchange provisional forecasts with one another.


Prof. Anders Uhlin, University of Lund

Zaki Habibi, PhD Fellow, University of Lund

Flemming Ytzen, Journalist and correspondent, Politiken

Børge Petersen, former Danish Ambassador (ret.) to Jakarta, Advisor

Moderator is Mark Philip Stadler, PhD Fellow in the field of Southeast Asian Studies, University of Copenhagen.

Date & time: 6 March 2019, 16.00-18.00 hrs
Venue: NIAS, CSS, University of Copenhagen
Conveners: ADI and NIAS, University of Copenhagen

All are welcome!

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to Nov 9

External event: CFP 11th Annual Nordic NIAS Council Conference & PhD Course Asia on the Move


The conference and PhD course are organized by Centre for Peace Studies at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway & NIAS - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies

Asia – a region that contains nuclear states, the second and third largest economies in the world, the largest global population – is on the move!

The continent which has changed the most in the 21st century is Asia: be it Asia’s engagement with the Arctic region, presence in Africa, economic prominence, or geopolitical influence within and outside of the region, increased population movements in and outside Asia, increased risk of climate change, democratization and citizenship issues, nuclear proliferation and security threats to and from some of the Asian countries – all require in-depth analysis for good global governance.

For example, the rise of China in Central Asia has led to many speculations, including a ‘New Great Game’ with Russia and the United States. On the other hand, new moves from both parties on the Korean peninsula may see a ‘new hope’ for peace.  Sideways, in the context of climate change and ‘arctic race’, new geo-ecopolitical, and geostrategic dynamics led to the growing interest of non-Arctic states in the affairs of the Arctic. Engagement of countries like China, Japan, Korea and India in the Arctic will significantly influence the evolving dynamics in that region.
Meanwhile, forced migration (e.g. Rohingya issues) and climate change induced displacement, corruption, violation of human rights and citizenship, crisis in Asian mega cities, and rising inequality have huge influence on ‘The Move’ and hence require much attention from policymakers and academics working on Asia.  

In this context, the annual NNC conference 2018 will take place in the High North venue of Tromsø, at UiT-The Arctic University of Norway.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Arne Strand, Lecturer, Director, Chr. Michelsen Institute, Bergen, Norway
  • Cholpon Chotaeva, Professor, American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
  • Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv, Professor, Centre for Peace Studies, Tromsø, Norway
  • Mohammad Salehin, Associate Professor, Centre for Peace Studies, Tromsø, Norway

International researchers working on Asia in any social science and humanities discipline are invited to submit abstracts for papers. Each abstract should not exceed 300 words.

  • 6 September 2018: Deadline for submitting abstract (maximum 300 words)
  • 21 September 2018: Acceptance of abstracts by Academic Committee
  • 15 October 2018: Deadline for paying the conference fee

Read the call for papers here.

For more information, please go to the conference website: www.asiaonthemove2018.com

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to May 8

External event: Seminar on multilingualism in higher education and the university sector

A group of researchers from the Multilingual Learning Center at Fudan University in Shanghai is visiting the Centre for Internationalisation and Parallel Language Use at University of Copenhagen May 7-8, 2019.

Program May 7:

Welcome (Anne Holmen)

Presentation: Fudan University and the Multilingual Learning Center

Questions and comments

Presentation: University of Copenhagen and Centre for Internationalisation and Parallel Language Use (Anne Holmen)

Questions and comments


13.00- 14.00
Language policy in research assessment in Chinese higher education context

The (ir)relevance of learning Danish for transnationally mobile employees in Danish academia (Janus Mortensen & Marta Kirilova)

Multilingual workplaces (Kamilla Kraft)


Program May 8:

EMI policy and implementation in Chinese higher education context (presentation and discussion)

English language requirements for EMI lecturers and students within the framework of HEI internationalization (Slobodanka Dimova)

Multilingual foreign language education in East Asian higher education contexts (a comparative study of Chinese, Korean, Japanese universities)

12.20-13.20   Lunch

Chinese students' motivation to learn a non-English foreign language:
the case of Spanish and Danish

Transnational alignment of English competences for university lecturers (Sanne Larsen & Slobodanka Dimova)


The seminar takes place at University of Copenhagen, Southern Campus, Emil Holms Kanal 4, 2300 Copenhagen S in room 23.4.25.

The seminar is open to everyone interested.

Registered participants:

Yongyan Zheng, PhD, Professor of Applied Linguistics (Assistant to the Dean), College of Foreign Languages and Literature, Fudan University

Jing Ai, Deputy Director of the Multilingual Learning Center, College of Foreign Languages and Literature, Fudan University

Yang Song, PhD, Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics, College of Foreign Languages and Literature, Fudan University

Janus Mortensen, associate professor, CIP, University of Copenhagen

Marta Kirilova (only the 7th), post doc, Department of Nordic Studies, University of Copenhagen

Slobodanka Dimova (only the 8th), associate professor, CIP, University of Copenhagen

Sanne Larsen, post doc, CIP, University of Copenhagen

Kamilla Kraft, post doc, CIP, University of Copenhagen

Anne Holmen, professor, CIP, University of Copenhagen

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