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


From 25 to 29 March 2019 the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies and the Sino-Nordic Gender Studies Network will convene a workshop at the Danish Cultural Centre in Beijing on Exploring Gendered Dimensions of Gender in Welfare in China and the Nordic Countries.

The workshop will focus on the importance of gender perspectives in solutions to new societal and economic challenges facing the two regions. The workshop will provide a platform for exchange, sharing, and learning among gender studies scholars from China and the Nordic countries with a view to supporting and developing commitment to gender equality and social justice in relation to Sino-Nordic exchange. Click here for the full workshop description.

The workshop will be held at the Danish Cultural Centre in Beijing. The Center fosters mutual understanding between people and cultures. Its parent organization, the Danish Cultural Institute is a self-governing institution under the Danish Ministry of Culture. In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the PRC the Centre's 2019 thematic focus is on gender and gender equality.

To join the open workshop events, which include keynote speeches, documentary films on feminist activism in China and Denmark and a theme day on Gender, Sexuality, Violence and Power, please contact the Danish Cultural Centre at center@danishculture.cn

For more information on the Sino-Nordic Gender Studies Network, please go to http://nias.asia/fudan/sino-nordic-gender-studies-network

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).