PhD and Postdoc projects on Asia

Faculty of Humanities and Faculty of Social Sciences

Name, affiliation, e-mail

Research interests

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

Harmsen, Peter Roy

PhD fellow

Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies

peter.harmsen@hum.ku.dk

My PhD project concerns the biography of Danish entrepreneur Laurits Andersen (1849-1928), a pioneer among foreign businessmen in the Tianjin and Shanhai areas around the turn of the 20th century. In addition, my primary research interests are the following:

The Second Sino-Japanese war (1931-1945)

Republican China

Biography as literary genre

Collective biography

Social network analysis

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

Kraayvanger, Anna-Luise 

PhD fellow
Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies

Uyghur historical novels as social commentary (1985‒2015)

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)

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

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)

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. 

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.

Alexander Linyu Qian Chen

PhD fellow
Dept. of Sociology

alexchen@soc.ku.dk

China's transition towards post-industrial development and its functionally corresponding socio-spatial form, i.e. changes to the rural-urban relationship, coastal-inland relationship, and the internal restructuring of urban spaces.

Dehlholm, Mikkel

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

The Chinese welfare state
The thesis specifically addresses 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

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.

Rungby, Asmus Randløv

PhD fellow

Department of Anthropology

arr@anthro.ku.dk

My research focuses on the relationship between human identities and democratic systems, attempting to understand democratic complexes as a mode of societal formation entwining with human lives and selves in their full complexity rather than as matters of elections and their felicity conditions. My PhD project focuses on new articulations of identity in conjunction with novel modes of cohabitation and affiliation in urbanizing Borneo. In this work I take inspiration from the deconstructionist work of philosopher Jacques Derrida to open ways of thinking about human identities and to challenge euro-centric conceptions of democracy.

Recently completed PhD and Postdoc projects