PhD and postdoc projects on Asia – University of Copenhagen

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PhD and Postdoc projects on Asia

Faculty of Humanities and Faculty of Social Sciences

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Faculty of Humanities

Dragsdahl, Rune Christoffer Bech
PhD fellow
Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies

srg153@hum.ku.dk

Indian Pulses in Africa: An ethnographic exploration of the role of Indian investors and entrepreneurs in agricultural exports from Mozambique and Ethiopia to India
An explorative project 'following the pulses' in and of the increasing trade between India and Africa. Part of the project Emerging Worlds: ethnographic explorations of new south-south connections.

Fajriani, Rinatania Anggraeni  

PhD fellow

Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies

cgb609@hum.ku.dk

Identity and Digital Boundaries: Self-Disclosure Preferences on Internet Dating
virtual identity, digital boundaries and cultural change in Indonesia

Fihl, Ingrid

PhD Student
Dept. of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies

ingrid.fihl@hum.ku.dk

Everyday Ethics of Food Safety in Family Life in contemporary Shanghai - An ethnographic study of consumer practices, trust, knowledge, and relational ethics through food among families in a Chinese metropolis

Gill, Bani

PhD fellow
Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
mcd434@hum.ku.dk

South-South Mobilities: An ethnographic exploration of African migrants in contemporary Delhi

Hedegaard, Marianne Viftrup 

PhD fellow
Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
mariannehedegaard@hum.ku.dk
Corporate Buddhism – Secularized Buddhist practices in the Danish Corporate world

HirslundDan Vesalainen 

Postdoc

Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies

hirslund@hum.ku.dk

Political and economic anthropology with a regional specialization in South Asia and in particular Sri Lanka and Nepal.
  • 21st century Maoism in South Asia and its transformations from a rural to an urban movement in Nepal
  • social power of monetary debts among precariat laborers in Kathmandu

Kraayvanger, Anna-Luise 

PhD fellow
Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies

Uyghur historical novels as social commentary (1985‒2015)

Lehmann-Jacobsen, Emilie Tinne

Research assistant

Department of Media, Cognition and Communication

lkq332@hum.ku.dk

News media in Southeast Asia, primarily Vietnam and Singapore. Current research involves investigating the media system in Southeast Asia as well as a comparative study of the role of journalists in Southeast Asia.

Mirsultan, Aysima 

Postdoctoral fellow

Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies

Legal pluralism and communal identity: a multi-disciplinary study of legal documents from the oases of Khotan, Kashgar and Kucha, southern Xinjiang (1911–1949)

Olma, Nikolaos

PhD fellow
Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies

zpv831@hum.ku.dk

Creating Memoryscapes: Space, Mobility, and Belonging as Alternative Practices of Public Memory in Contemporary Tashkent
This project aims to understand to what extent the transformation of post-Independence Tashkent has led to a collective contestation of the city’s memory and especially its Soviet past.

Parpiani, Maansi 

PhD fellow
Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies

prg573@hum.ku.dk

- Intersections of caste, gender and religious identities in contemporary   India

- Spaces of rural-urban interactions and in the movement of people

- Everyday life of women from the ex-untouchable (Dalit - Mahar)      community in contemporary times

Puri, Stine Simonsen

Postdoc

Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies

stinep@hum.ku.dk

Monsoonal Escalations in India and Beyond

This project will explore escalations at the interface between agriculture, climate and finance in relation to the monsoon in North India. It examines how accelerating climate change, along with global developments in products for speculation in weather risks, affect Indian farmers.

Roszko, Edyta
Postdoc

Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies

rxk841@hum.ku.dk

Territorialising the sea
An anthropological study focusing on fishermen’s livelihoods and the dramatic impact of the South China Sea conflict on local ecologies.

Schmidt-Madsen, Jacob

PhD fellow
Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies

grc936@hum.ku.dk

What's in a Game? Rediscovering the Religious Origins of Snakes & Ladders

The project brings together upwards of 200 unique and mostly unpublished 18th and 19th century cloth and paper boards of the original Indian game of snakes and ladders commonly known as jñān caupaṛ

Stadler, Mark Philip

PhD fellow
Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies

vgb351@hum.ku.dk

Urban Poor Activism and its Political Struggles in Metropolitan Jakarta

About urban poor activism in Jakarta, the capital of the Republic of Indonesia, and how activists struggle to change the rampant urban poverty problematic in a transformative way.

Steenberg, Rune 

Postdoctoral fellow
Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies

Reclaiming the oasis. The localization of customs in Xinjiang (1985‒2015)

Trolle, Astrid Krabbe

PhD fellow

Dept. of Cross-Cultural & Regional Studies

a.trolle@hum.ku.dk

Filipinos in Denmark and their transnational religious networks
Migration, Philippines

Zeitzen, Miriam Koktvedgaard
Postdoc

Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies

miriamz@hum.ku.dk

Muslim polygamy in Southeast Asia, particularly Malaysia and Singapore.

Zeng, Fiona Huijie

PhD fellow
Dept. of Media, Cognition and Communication

fiona.zeng@hum.ku.dk

The project is part of The Peoples' Internet (PIN) project. PIN investigates how the cultural tradition, political regulation, and the Internet as a technology shape citizens’ communication. Under a comparative framework, the project looks at three centers of the global economy and world politics, respectively China, Europe, and the United States. 

Ørberg, Elizabeth Lane Williams

Postdoc

Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies

elizabeth.oerberg@hum.ku.dk

Spiritual tourism and the branding of Buddhism in Ladakh, India
The project is part of the collaborative research project Buddhism, Business and Believers

 

Faculty of Social Sciences

Andersen, Signe Lindgård 

PhD fellow

Department of Anthropology
sa@anthro.ku.dk

Exports of health services to China

Through an ethnographic study of the Danish evidence-based concept of Fast Track Surgery (FTS) and how the concept travels, this PhD-project will examine the processes and social dynamics related to the transfer of the FTS concept in a global encounter between Danish and Chinese health care providers.

Dalgas, Karina Märcher

Postdoc
Department of Anthropology, Changing Disasters

karina.dalgas@anthro.ku.dk

Migrant interventions in Philippine disasters

This project examines the role of migrants in the recovery and reconstruction phase of Philippine disasters. While living outside the area of impact, migrants remain part of their societies of origin. Their swift and significant financial support therefore plays a crucial role in disaster recovery and reconstruction. The project examines the consequences of the migrants’ disaster interventions, how these interventions relate to recovery and relief efforts of larger institutional actors and what kind of social change that these interventions brings about within and beyond the disaster area. 

Dehlholm, Mikkel

PhD fellow
Dept. of Sociology
md@soc.ku.dk

The Chinese welfare state
The thesis specifically adresses the question of how the regulation of the global economy and China's place in the international system of states influences welfare state development in China.

Ilkjær, Helene

Industrial postdoctoral fellow

Department of Anthropology
h.ilkjaer@anthro.ku.dk

Anthropological studies of disruptive technology deployment in Airports

Kaila, Heidi Kristiina
PhD fellow
Department of Economics
heidi.kaila@econ.ku.dk

Internet and Agricultural Production in Rural Vietnam.

Kristensen, Peter Marcus
Postdoc

Department of Political Science
pmk@ifs.ku.dk

States of Emergence: A Genealogy of Emerging Powers in World Politics

Primary research interests: International Relations Theory, Sociology of Knowledge, Rising Powers and Power Transition Theory, Non-Western Perspectives on International Relations, China, India and Brazil

Lee, Jieun 

Postdoc
Dept. of Anthropology
jle@anthro.ku.dk

Living Well with Dementia in Aging Korea?: How Qualities of Life Matter in the Nation-wide Dementia Management Program in Korea 

As part of a larger, collaborative project “The Vitality of Disease: Quality of Life in the Making”, this project investigates how “quality of life” as a concept, measurement tool, and/or everyday vernacular takes on different meanings and values, generates knowledges, and enables diverse practices to make “good life”.

Li, Xuan

PhD fellow

Department of Political Science
xuli@ifs.ku.dk

youth policy, comparative studies, Denmark-China

Lillelund, Caroline Johanne

PhD fellow

Department of Anthropology

cl@anthro.ku.dk

Museums, artefacts, representation, politics, identity, India, Europe 

Liu, Yu-Ting

PhD fellow
Department of Sociology
ytl@soc.ku.dk

Comparative welfare state analysis, especially the comparison of the East Asian welfare states with various European welfare state types

Ma, Yi

PhD fellow

Department of Political Science
ym@ifs.ku.dk

Chinese politics, collective action, comparative politics

Mennes, Frauke Tom H.

PhD fellow

Department of Anthropology
fthm@anthro.ku.dk

Parmalingam, Priya Dershini 

PhD fellow

Law and Dept. of Political Science, University of Copenhagen

pdp@ifs.ku.dk

International dispute settlement, comparative politics (with a focus on Southeast Asia), relations between the State and business actors, foreign policy.

Pedersen, Thomas Randrup 

PhD fellow
Department of Anthropology

thomas.pedersen@anthro.ku.dk

What Doesn’t Kill You: An Anthropological Exploration of Denmark’s New Warrior Generation

The project scrutinises how Danish soldiers, through military training and war-zone deployment, are (trans)formed in part as professional practitioners and in part as human beings. The project is based on ethnographic fieldwork inside Danish combat units before, during and after deployment to Afghanistan.

Sejrup, Jens 

Postdoc

Department of Anthropology

jts@anthro.ku.dk

Current research: How the collection, circulation, classification and museum exhibition of objects define Europe from the outside in during Europe’s present loss of global hegemony, especially in relation to Japan and in comparison with the early modern period of European ascendancy.

Stahl, Rune Møller 

PhD fellow

Department of Political Science

rms@ifs.ku.dk

Umino, Ayumi
PhD fellow
Department of Psychology
umino.ayumi@psy.ku.dk

Promoting metacognitive skills of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder in elementary school in Denmark and Japan 

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