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A continued Nordic Track II diplomatic approach towards North Korea

The project thus aims at identifying ways of addressing the problem while avoiding the strong animosities between the parties engaged in the ongoing Korean conflicts, which are rooted in a web of historical, national, international and socio-cultural differences and disagreements. The project is based on the understanding that culture – i.e. values, norms and a generally disseminated and broadly accepted worldview - is a fact of life, and affects people in particular ways, differently from region to region.


ANTICORRP: Anti-Corruption Policies Revisited – Global Trends and European Responses to the Challenge of Corruption

The main research questions of the ANTICORRP consortium are:


Chinese Language at Grammar Schools and Secondary Schools (project no. TL02000557)

The project addresses effective implementation of Chinese language teaching at secondary schools and grammar schools.


Cultural Encounters - Cross-cultural Encounters - the Travels of Gender Theory and Practice to China and the Nordic Countries

This interdisciplinary project is concerned with the cross-cultural translation of knowledge and practices that may or may not take place when different cultures interact, and the resulting production of new knowledge. Taking the travelling routes of gender theory and practice to, and also between, China and the Nordic countries as the empirical object of study, the project will focus on the crucial questions of why and how knowledge travels or fails to travel. The project will explore in which forms and by whom knowledge is sent, received, understood, translated, or even refused.


Digital China

China is today one of the most networked societies in the world with the largest number of Internet users and the biggest mobile phone market.


Humanities across Borders: Asia and Africa in the World

The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), at Leiden University, has recently been awarded a four-year grant by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York, to facilitate a collaborative platform of over twenty Asian, African, European and North American universities and their local social and cultural partners, for the co-creation of a new humanistic pedagogical model.  


Religion and Conflict: On the Ambivalence of Religious Factors in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East

The main research questions of this project are:


Sinophone Borderlands – Interaction at the Edges

The “SINOFON” project explores how the Sinophone world interacts with the Turco-Persophone, Slavophone, Tibetophone, Hispanophone and Austroasiatophone worlds.


The Southeast Asia Neighborhoods Network (SEANNET)

From 2017, UKNA is expanding its orientation to include urban development in Southeast Asia in the framework of the SEANNET program (2017-2020). This new four-year initiative is about research, teaching and dissemination of knowledge on Asia through the prism of the city and urban communities. SEANNET is funded by the  Henry Luce Foundation (New York, USA).  


West African Traders as Translators Between Chinese and African Urban Modernities

The project investigates, with the case studies of Senegalese and Ghanaian transnational entrepreneurs in China, the kind of transnational practices that shape the encounters with and the experiences of urban Chinese modernity for various groups of West African traders.