The Asia section engages in cross-cultural and transdisciplinary research and education programs. The language-based Asia Studies offer regional specialisation on China, India and South Asia, Japan, and Korea, trans-Himalayan and trans-oceanic circulations, intra-Asia connections as well as emerging Asia on a global scale.
Asia Studies build upon transdisciplinary research across humanities and social sciences. Taking intensive training in Asian languages as a core skill, the research focuses on China, India and South Asia, Japan, Korea and trans-Asian region shaped through centuries-old mobilities, circulations, and entanglements – of cultural goods, linguistic traditions, trade and commerce, and social beliefs; a political terrain of modern nation-states that began taking shape in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; and a lucrative market in the early twenty-first-century global economy.
This cross-cultural and transnational scope is reflected in the diverse publication profile of the scholars as well as research programmes anchored in Asia Studies. The research programmes foster innovative teaching as well as collaboration with a range of societal partners. The expert knowledge about Asia is shared widely in the public domain to enrich policymaking on cultural heritage, language, defence and foreign policies including in schools, gymnasiums, municipalities, museums, cultural institutions, business organisations and ministries.
- Buddhism, Business, Believers
- Emerging Worlds: Ethnographic exploration of the new South-South Connections
- Moral Economies of Food in Contemporary China
- Nation in Motion: Globalisation, Governance, and Development in New India
- Social Worlds: China’s Cities as Spaces of Worldmaking
- Steering Urban-Rural Integration in China: Administrative Reconfiguration for a Unified Citizenship
- Tempting Tunes: Interfaces of Narrative and Sound in Korean Culture
- Waste: Consumption and Buddhism in the age of Garbage
China Studies at the University of Copenhagen is one of the largest centres for China-related research in the Nordic region. We study China and the sinophone world from various disciplinary perspectives, including anthropology, political science, cultural studies, media studies, and history. Our current research focuses on politics, urbanization, intellectual history, religion, bodies, food, minorities, modern media, and cultural production.
See more on the developments of China Studies in Denmark.
India and South Asia Studies
Grounded in interdisciplinary research, the India and South Asia section focuses on a range of cross-cutting fields of specialisation. These include thematic research on nation and nationalism in the 21st Century, postcolonial state making; histories of capitalism, cultures of work, climate politics, media and publicity, and cultural memory.
Japan Studies focuses on historical and contemporary processes that have been shaping Japanese society and the country’s role in the broader Asian region and beyond. We represent several disciplinary perspectives: history, cultural studies, and anthropology. Our specific focus areas include architecture, body, Buddhism, care work, cultural heritage, cultural history of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Japan in a global context, education (including in the SDGs), global citizenship, migration, museums, and yōkai/monsters.
Over the past decade, Korea Studies at the University of Copenhagen has been the leader of Korea-related activities in Denmark with its vibrant programs of research and teaching, community involvement, and international exchange. It was established to facilitate research on Korea through multidisciplinary approaches and now has faculty members focusing on Korean language, popular culture, literature, history, political science, and music.
Asia section is engaged in research themes that are not confined within national borders. One example is the collaborative research within Contemporary Buddhist Studies with religious studies, anthropology, environmental humanities, and language-based area studies research in India, Nepal, Mongolia, China, Japan, and Oceania.
Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies
AsiaLab is a lunchtime seminar held six times a year at ToRS. A presenter can pre-circulate an article draft they are working on or give a presentation on data they are currently processing. The goal of the seminar is to provide feedback at an early stage in the writing process.
|Abrahms-Kavunenko, Saskia Adelle||Postdoc||Centre for Contemporary Buddhist Studies|
|Baby, Irene||PhD Fellow||Modern India and Southeast Asia Studies||+4535335398|
|Beller-Hann, Ildiko||Associate Professor Emerita||Turkish Studies||+4551302462|
|Brox, Trine||Associate Professor - Promotion Programme||Centre for Contemporary Buddhist Studies||+4551302965|
|Brødsgaard, Amanda||PhD Fellow||Japanese Studies||+4535327814|
|Bunkenborg, Mikkel||Associate Professor||Chinese Studies||+4551302510|
|Cho, Yasmin||External Researcher||Centre for Contemporary Buddhist Studies|
|Choi, Hyun Joo||Teaching Associate Professor||Korean Studies|
|Christopher, Stephen||Marie Curie Fellow||Center for Contemporary Buddhist Studies||+4535331163|
|Delman, Jørgen||Professor Emeritus||Chinese Studies||+4530116176|
|Farooqi, Amos||PhD Fellow||Korean Studies||+4535323595|
|Frederiksen, Mai Corlin||External Researcher||Chinese Studies|
|Hirslund, Dan Vesalainen||External Researcher||Modern India and Southeast Asia Studies||+4528306179|
|Humbert, Sierra Josephine Louise||PhD Fellow||Centre for Contemporary Buddhist Studies||+4535325427|
|Jin, Sang Pil||Assistant Professor - Tenure Track||Korean Studies||+4535328181|
|Kaur, Ravinder||Associate Professor - Promotion Programme||Modern India and Southeast Asia Studies||+4551302705|
|Kazuhara, Kristina||Teaching Associate Professor||Japanese Studies||+4524830724|
|Kolata, Paulina||Marie Curie Fellow||Centre for Contemporary Buddhist Studies||+4535328792|
|Ma, Yi||Postdoc||Chinese Studies|
|Mehl, Margaret Dorothea||Associate Professor||Japanese Studies||+4551302877|
|Meyer-Clement, Elena||Associate Professor||Chinese Studies||+4535326370|
|Misra, Anuj||Guest Researcher||Indology||+4551160702|
|Nagashima, Yoichi||Associate Professor Emeritus||Japanese Studies||+4551302496|
|Nielsen, Bent||Associate Professor||Chinese Studies||+4551302511|
|Petersen, Susan Aagaard||Teaching Associate Professor||Chinese Studies|
|Puri, Stine Simonsen||Teaching Associate Professor||Comparative Culture Studies||+4550585969|
|Renner, Elmar Josef||Teaching Associate Professor||Modern India and Southeast Asia Studies|
|Roesgaard, Marie Højlund||Associate Professor||Japanese Studies||+4551300716|
|Sand, Erik Reenberg||Associate Professor Emeritus||Study of Religions||+4551302699|
|Sandal, Meina Jia||Postdoc||Chinese Studies||+4535325422|
|Schmidt-Madsen, Jacob||Academic Research Officer||SAMHiTA||+4551302624|
|Sejrup, Jens||Assistant Professor - Tenure Track||Japanese Studies||+4535334055|
|Sørensen, Bo Ærenlund||Assistant Professor - Tenure Track||Chinese Studies|
|Sørensen, Jørgen Podemann||Associate Professor Emeritus||Study of Religions|
|Tsurumi, Hiroyuki||Guest Researcher||Japanese Studies|
|Wall, Barbara||Associate Professor||Korean Studies||+4593565616|
|Zhang, Meng||Teaching Assistant Professor||Chinese Studies|
|Zysk, Kenneth Gregory||Professor Emeritus||Indology||+4551302624|