Nordic Networks

Established in December 2009 with a generous grant from the European Union the interdisciplinary Contemporary India Study Centre Aarhus (CISCA) at Aarhus University (AU) advances the study of modern Indian society, history and language. It is devoted to the enhancing of existing as well as building new teaching capacities. The centre is also instrumental in disseminating knowledge on the Indian subcontinent and in establishing resources such as a visual library required for high quality teaching and research.

CISCA has formalized ties with Indian partner universities and associated institutions through long-term memoranda of understanding (MoU). In order to achieve the intended teaching and research outcome and co-operation in the core areas of teaching and research CISCA keeps closely in touch with Indian partners e.g. through faculty visits.

Our partners include

  • Allahabad University (Uttar Pradesh)
  • Delhi University, incl. Sri Venkateshwara College
  • IIT Madras (Tamil Nadu)
  • Manipal University (Karnataka)
  • North-Eastern Hill University (Meghalaya)
  • Sambalpur University (Orissa)

Together with our partners, researchers and teachers working on South Asia in Aarhus the following four core areas of collaboration have been identified:

  1. Cultural Politics / Social In- & Exclusion
  2. Children, Aging and Health
  3. Visual Cultures and Heritage
  4. Methodology (Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods)

CISCA facilitates in-depth debates on the four core areas of teaching and research through visits of Indian experts to Aarhus as well as by organising workshops, seminars and lectures.



The Danish Society for Central Asia aims to promote knowledge about and interest in Central Asia then and now by serving as a multidisciplinary forum for coordination and strengthening of activities involving Central Asia.

DSCA is an apolitical and non-profit based organisation. The term "Central Asia" covers in the society's auspices primarily: Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan; province of Xinjiang in China; the southern Siberian provinces in Russia, the northern provinces of Pakistan, as well as emigrants from those areas wherever they may be.

Our activities include:

And much more …

As a member of the Danish Society for Central Asia you can have your personal or your organisation’s or company’s profile on our website, and also receive special offers and get invited to exclusive events for members only.
Annual fees: Collective membership:
  • Ordinary members DKK 150,-
  • Students, unemployed, pensionersDKK. 75,-
  • Households DKK 200,- (For ordinary members)
  • Organisations and companies with less than 50 employees: DKK 1000,-
  • Organisations and companies with more than 50 employees: DKK 2000, –



The aim of the Network is to promote education, research and personal exchange on and to Asia in the member universities. 

The Network was established in 1996 and since 1999 it has provided multidisciplinary online teaching on Asia. The Network is coordinated by the Centre for East Asian Studies, CEAS, at the University of Turku. 

The University Network has eight member universities in nine cities.

The Network provides

  • BA level Asian Programme (25-31 ECTS)
  • Over ten MA level online courses and
  • Two PhD level courses.

Annually over 1,000 students enrol in the courses offered by the Network. The students of the member universities can take courses free of charge. Other students can take the courses as self-paying students.

In addition to the online courses, the Network’s activities include:

  • maintenance of the asianet-e-mail list
  • maintenance of the online Materialbank (photos and other materials for teaching)
  • annually published catalogue Research on Asia in Finnish Universities
  • annual Asian studies Day

Fore more information contact: asianet[a]



The purpose of the Forum for Asian Studies is to strengthen and support research and education on Asia, and to encourage exchange of researchers and students with universities in Eastern, South-Eastern and Southern Asia,  and with other research institutions with a focus on Asian studies. The Forum is multidisciplinary with affiliated researchers from across the Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm University.

The core activities are a monthly seminar and regular conferences and workshops. The forum also funds visits from foreign scholars and students,  as well as visits abroad by staff and students at Stockholm University. The activities of the Forum cater mainly to the staff and students at the Faculty of Social Science at Stockholm University, but the seminars are open also to a wider audience.



The Gendering Asia Network provides a forum for exchange of knowledge and contacts among scholars and students working on gender and Asia. The Network aims to strengthen research and teaching on gender and Asia in the Nordic countries by facilitating contacts both internally among Nordic scholars and students, and also externally between academia in the Nordic countries and our counterparts in Asia and elsewhere in the world.

The Gendering Asia Network has received a grant from NordForsk to strengthen research in the combined field of Asia studies and gender studies in the social sciences and humanities in the Nordic countries.

The network is led by a steering group consisting of members from each of the five Nordic countries. NIAS serves as focal point for network meetings and other joint activities.



India Researchers of Finland is an informal network of scholars based in Finland and focusing on India in their research. The network will accept as members any scholars who has worked on or has interest in Indian society and/or culture and is affiliated with a Finnish academic institution or other similar organization. The network is happy to get in touch and plan cooperation with other similar networks and institutions within and outside of Finland.




The Network for Asian Studies is a Norwegian research network which promotes studies, research, and information about the history, society, culture, politics and environment of the Asian region (except for West Asia).

The Network organizes academically stimulating conferences, seminars, and lectures, and promotes contact between disciplines and institutions.

The Network distributes a weekly newsletter in Norwegian, which includes information about seminars, conferences, scholarships and publications relevant for Asian studies in Norway. To sign up send an e-mail to our network assistant Sunniva H. Abrahamsen

You may also follow the Network for Asian Studies on Facebook and Twitter @Asianettverket, for updated information about events and Asia related news.

For more information please contact the network coordinator Harald Bøckman:



Nordic Association for the Study of Contemporary Japanese Society (NAJS) was formed in 2002, with the aim to encourage Japanese studies in the Nordic countries, in particular by stimulating education and research related to modern Japanese society. The ambition of the network is to be an interdisciplinary forum where doctoral students and researchers can share experiences, exchange information, and take part in debates.

 NAJS organises an annual spring Conference. The purpose of the Conference is to give researchers focusing on contemporary Japanese society a possibility to share their findings in a friendly, informal atmosphere.



NoFSA is a network linking Nordic resources on South Asia within research, culture, business, public administration, NGOs, the media, etc. The idea is to help people across sectors draw on each other´s experience and expertise, primarily though our mailing list and ourfacebook group. NoFSA is an independent organisation hosted by the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages at the University of Oslo. We are the first network of its kind in the Nordic region, and we welcome anyone with a professional interest in South Asia.

A brief background
NoFSA was established in the mid-1990s at the University of Oslo, originally under the name of the Norwegian Forum for South Asia. The forum was founded by a group of scholars and other South Asia interested persons. In 2002 the forum changed its name to the Nordic Forum for South Asia. NoFSA has members from the Nordic countries, as well as from other parts of the world. The main activity of NoFSA through the years has been to maintain the NoFSA-NET mailing list, where members post items of interest and take part in on-line discussions. More recently we have launched a group on facebook, which presently has around 165 members. With upwards of 40 entries per day, NoFSA’s facebook group is a great place to stay updated on South Asia related events. NoFSA also hosts an annual ‘contemporary India seminar’ which brings together South Asianists from the Nordic countries to strengthen inter-Nordic cooperation.

NoFSA is a non-partisan forum with the main aim of encouraging a sense of community and information sharing among people in the Nordic region with an interest in South Asia. From its start in the mid-1990's and until 2010, NoFSA was hosted at The Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM) . The organisation is currently hosted at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages (IKOS), University of Oslo.



The Nordic Indonesia Studies Network is a scholarly, non-political, non-profit professional initiative to foster scholarly cooperation within the Nordic countries in the field of Indonesian studies.

The aim of the network is to bring together a variety of researchers; from the most experienced Indonesia hands to the youngest researchers who are just commencing their studies, and from all disciplines within the social sciences. NISN seeks to promote and encourage the study and teaching of all aspects relating to the society, culture and literature of the Republic of Indonesia. The network organizes seminars, and workshops for scholars, Ph.D. students, MA students, and other interested parties. We aspire to facilitate discussion among members on topics of Indonesian interest, and to promote and enhance the interest in Indonesian studies within the Nordic countries.

Our activities receive support from a variety of private and public sources. NISN is hosted by the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, and allNISN funds are administered by NIAS staff under the University of Copenhagen. For past and upcoming activities, please check our website

For more information please contact: norindostudies (a)



After an initiative by the Foreign Ministry in 1998, Sida SAREC invited suggestions from Uppsala, Göteborg and Lund universities on how to set up a Swedish centre/network for South Asian studies in June 1999.

In May 2000, Lund was given the responsibility, with a planning period lasting for the remaining part of that year, and funding for 2001-2002. An advisory conference was organised in Lund in October 2000, with participation of Swedish senior researchers and a fair representation of PhD candidates and concerned government officials.
SASNET was formally started in January 2001.

SASNET is a national network for research, education, and information about South Asia, based at Lund University. The aim is to encourage and promote an open and dynamic networking process, in which Swedish researchers co-operate with researchers in South Asia and globally.

The network is open to all sciences. Priority is given to co-operation between disciplines and across faculties, as well as institutions in the Nordic countries and in South Asia. The basic idea is that South Asian studies will be most fruitfully pursued in co-operation between researchers, working in different institutions with a solid base in their mother disciplines.

Till 31 December 2009, the network was financed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, and by Lund University. From 2010, SASNET is entirely funded by Lund University.

Anyone can become a member of the network by sending an email to Lars Eklund (, and membership is free. Members receive a monthly newsletter with information about research news, projects, cultural events, publications and more related to South Asia in Sweden.

For further information contact:  Lars Eklund, Deputy Director / Webmaster