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Asia brown bag talk by Lai Sze Tso

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 12:30 to 13:30

Lai Sze Tso is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Global Health and Medical Humanities Initiative (GHMHI) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Using innovative technologies to improve personal and community health--China as a case-study for sharing medical knowledge and access between interactions between patients, healthcare professionals, and community-based organizations

Stigma and discrimination against migrants and members of the LGBTQ community make it extremely hard for these disadvantaged populations to access healthcare, particularly for sexual health information, testing, and linkage-to-care procedures. The problems experienced by young migrants and members of the LGBTQ in accessing health information, behavioral-educational interventions, and getting high-quality care from medical professionals are well documented. However, innovations in social media and online technologies have reduced many of these barriers, thereby resulting in improved knowledge and linkage to treatment for people seeking care.  Using a medical sociology framework, we describe the collaborative efforts among patients, healthcare professionals, and leaders in community organizations to build and use social media and online technologies to overcome these challenges in low-and-middle income countries. Examining China as a case-study for the use of innovative technology by doctors, community organizations, and potential patients, this talk begins to theorize about how these interactions build trust in healthcare interactions to improve health outcomes and modify healthcare structures. The talk concludes by discussing recent initiatives, successes, and remaining challenges for improving personal and community health.


Lai Sze Tso joined MIT in August 2016, as part of the Global Health and Medical Humanities Initiative, having received her doctorate from the departments of Sociology and Women Studies, at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

Her primary research focuses on young women’s aspirations and their use of community resources in China’s rural to urban migration. This work was supported by the NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant and the US Department of Education Fulbright-Hayes. In her postdoctoral projects in the Schools of Medicine in the Pediatric Prevention Research Center at Wayne State University (2014-2015) and University of North Carolina-Project China (2015-2016), she expanded on this research by studying how community organizations and healthcare professionals use online technologies to implement behavioral and educational interventions for sexual and mental health concerns. Her research and community outreach has contributed to updates in World Health Organization policy recommendations for HIV/AIDS, and has been featured as publications in AIDS, AIDS & Behavior, BMC Public Health, Current Opinion is Psychology, Journal of the International AIDS Society, and Sexually Transmitted Infections. At MIT, Lai Sze teaches Introduction to Sociology and Global Sexualities, the latter is an undergraduate course to help students learn about health, wellbeing, and experiences of LGBTQ and minorities outside of the US. 

All are welcome.

Time: 30 January 2018, 12:30-13:30 
Place: NIAS, room 18.1.08, CSS, University of Copenhagen, Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353 Cph 

Feel free to bring your own lunch. There will be coffee and tea.

Organizer: ADI and NIAS 

Death in the Philippines: corruption, drugs and contraception

Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 12:30 to 13:30

NIAS and ADI are pleased to invite you to a brown bag talk by Steffen Jensen, Professor mso at the Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University and Project Senior Researcher at Dignity and Astrid Krabbe Trolle, PhD Fellow, Dept. of Crioss-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen


Based on research projects on policing among the urban poor in Manila (Steffen) and the morality of reproduction in the Philippines and the Filipino diaspora (Astrid), we discuss how our different material can shed a common light on understandings of death, morality, and corruption in the Philippines.
Astrid Krabbe Trolle is a PhD Fellow at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copen-hagen. Her research focuses on Christian Filipino migrants in Denmark and how social class, gender and generation influence and inform religious choices.
Steffen Jensen is Professor at the Dept. of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University and Project Senior Researcher at Dignity - Danish Institute against Torture. He has a degree in International Deve-lopment Studies, specialised in the interdisciplinary study of rural and urban development issues. Steffen has published extensively on violent male networks, policing, human rights, sovereignty and development, working especially with concepts of generation, race and gender, and has carried out field work in rural and urban South Africa as well as in Manila in the Philippines. 
Time: 8 February, 12:30-13:30 
Place: NIAS, CSS, room 18.1.08
All are welcome! Feel free to bring your own lunch. There will be coffee and tea.


WORKSHOP - Gender and gender equality in ‘welfare solutions’ and ‘entrepreneurship and business’

Monday, April 16, 2018 to Tuesday, April 17, 2018

This call for papers is addressed to PhD students and scholars working with gender perspectives and gender equality issues in relation to Nordic welfare policies and practices, as well as in relation to Nordic entrepreneurship and business. 

Asia studies scholars – please forward to your colleagues who work on the Nordic countries!

The workshop is inspired by the cooperation agreement between the Nordic Council of Ministers and China. This agreement emphasizes Nordic regional (rather than bilateral) cooperation with the People’s Republic of China, and was formalized at a meeting between the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, held in Beijing in May 2017. Five areas of cooperation were defined. One of these is ‘welfare solutions’, while another is ‘entrepreneurship and business’. 

Submission of abstracts:

Abstracts on any aspect of gender and/or gender equality in relation to contemporary Nordic welfare solutions and/or entrepreneurship and business are welcome. Papers will be selected so as to ensure as broad a range of different perspectives on Nordic policies and practices as possible.

Please submit 300 word abstracts to [email protected] together with your name, position, department and university.
Please also indicate if you would like to be considered for the grant from the Nordic Centre Fudan.
Submission date: Monday 19 February

Nordic Centre Fudan grant:
A grant from the Nordic Centre Fudan will cover expenses related to the participation of one PhD student/scholar from each of the five Nordic countries to attend the workshop.

Venue: The Nordic Centre Fudan, Fudan University, Shanghai
Dates: Workshop – Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 April 2018

Workshop convenors:
Cecilia Milwertz, Senior Researcher, the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, the University of Copenhagen and coordinator of the Sino-Nordic Gender Studies Network
Shen Yifei, Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, School of Social Development and Public Policy, Department of Sociology, Fudan University, Shanghai

Read more in the attached


NAJS 2018 - Call for Papers

Thursday, May 24, 2018 to Friday, May 25, 2018






Fourteenth Annual NAJS Conference
Nordic Association for the Study of Contemporary Japanese Society (NAJS)
24-25 May 2018, Copenhagen, Denmark.
The Fourteenth Annual NAJS Conference will take place at the Southern Campus of the University of Copenhagen, and is organized and sponsored jointly by Asian Dynamics Initiative (ADI), NIAS – Nordic Institute of Asian Studies and the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies.
The full call for papers, registration forms, guidelines for participation, and more information about the conference can be found here:
Deadline for abstract submissions: 31 January 2018