Nansen East-West Dialogue Academy 2019

On 5 - 13 August 2019, the third consecutive NEWDAY - Nansen East-West Dialogue Academy was convened in Lillehammer, Norway. The course was organized by Nansen Academy, NIAS - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Shandong University and Fudan-European Centre for China Studies in collaboration with partners from Fudan University and Korea University.

This year, 58 students from the Nordic region and East Asia took part in the summer course.

Each day of the summer course was organized around a unique theme, including the Nordic model; Leadership, Education and Society; Identity, Gender and Politics, and more. The course offered not only lectures, but also focused on engaging students through panel debates, Q & A’s, and workshops. Cultural activities and excursions were also part of the programme. Click here for an online version of the programme.


Lectures (sorted alphabetically)

China-EU Relations: A Regional Perspective
by Chunrong Liu, Fudan-European Centre for China Studies

Confucianism and Gender by Wang Pei, Fudan University

Higher Education and Soft Power. A study of China’s Confucius Institutes by Freya Jie Gao, Aarhus University

Just Hierarchy and Good Governance by Daniel Bell, Shandong University

Multilateral Cooperation in Northeast Asia: Beyond the Zero-Sum Game by Jae-Seung Lee, Korea University

Nordic view on Crime and Punishment by Jan Korsvold, Ilseng Prison

North Korea in a Comparative Perspective by Wooyeal Paik, Yonsei University

On Peace Education by Steinar Bryn, Nansen Academy

Post-Cold War, yet no East-West Harmony. What is at stake, and how to mend fences in current East-West relations? by Geir Helgesen, SOAS & Fudan Development Institute

The Gender Equality Paradox - A Nordic Mystery? by Signe Strøm, Nansen Academy

The Nordic Model by Dagfinn Høybråten, Norwegian Church Aid, formerly Nordic Council of Ministers

Trust as the Nordic Gold by Joakim Hammerlin, Nansen Academy

UN, Leadership, and Communication by Jean-Marc Coicaud, Rutgers University

What is a Nordic Folk High school, and what is special about Nansen Academy? by Unn Irene Aasdalen, Nansen Academy

Who was Fridtjof Nansen? by Inge Eidsvåg

Women and Leadership by Zhang Jin, United Nations Development Programme

Politics, Societies, and Disasters: China and Beyond

On 28 June, the Fudan Centre hosted a one-day international conference on disaster management in China - and beyond. The conference was organized in collaboration with Bin Xu, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Emory University.

The conference was the first major academic event that focused on the interdisciplinary and comparative study of disasters in China and other countries. Participants engaged in an interdisciplinary study of the social and political aspects of disasters in China, comparing them to disasters in Japan, Taiwan, and Europe in order to develop a comparative perspective and a theoretical framework that can provide analytical leverage for explaining particular disasters in each context.

In bringing together a group of scholars with various regional expertises and knowledge of disasters, we hoped to facilitate serious and constructive dialogues across regional boundaries. The societies we compared constitute a reasonably differential range of political contexts and social contexts: Taiwan shares with China a similar cultural context but different political context; Japan, the US, and Denmark constitute a group of contexts with differences in both political and cultural contexts. Another aspect of advancing our knowledge of disasters is to examine it from multiple disciplinary perspectives so that we can have more comprehensive views beyond the limit of a single discipline.

The conference was sponsored by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, and the Fudan-European Centre for China Studies.


Understanding Asia 2019

Yearly East Asia conference convened at Nansen Academy

Chunrong, Unn Irene and Geir welcomed participants to this year’s conference (photo: Heidrun Sørlie Røhr)

Chunrong, Unn Irene and Geir welcomed participants to this year’s conference (photo: Heidrun Sørlie Røhr)


For the sixth year in a row, the Fudan Centre in collaboration with NIAS - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies and Nansen Academy welcomed all interested participants to convene in Lillehammer for the annual Understanding Asia conference.

This year, the conference assumed a broader geographical focus than previous years, and focused instead on the theme Challenging Western Stereotypes - Presenting Asian Worldviews. Lectures and cultural activities touched upon both China, Japan, and the Korean Peninsula, and also showed important perspectives to the complicated relationships between these countries, as well as the US and Russia.

Browse through the program of the conference here.


Chunrong Liu, Executive Vice Director, Fudan-European Centre for China Studies

Geir Helgesen, Research Associate, SOAS, and former Director of NIAS

Jo Inge Bekkevold, Senior Advisor, Norwegian Armed Forces

Magnus Tørring, Translator between Japanese and Norwegian

Rachel Harrison, Professor, SOAS

Unn Irene Aasdalen, Rector, Nansen Academy

Pre-Shanghai Forum 2018: China-EU Relations in a Changing World Order

On May 7 and 8, the Fudan-European Centre for China Studies held its annual pre-Shanghai Forum. Under the overarching theme ‘China-EU relations and Sino-Nordic Cooperation’, this year’s pre-Shanghai Forum featured a number of events, including a forum on ‘China-EU relations in a Changing World Order’ and a policy brief session at the Nordic Council of Ministers, with talks by Prof. Song Xinning (China Director, BACES) and Prof. Chen Zhimin (Vice President, Fudan University).