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Whales of Power

The project "Whales of Power: Aquatic Mammals, Devotional Practices, and Environmental Change in Maritime East Asia", studies relations between humans and aquatic mammals in maritime regions of East Asia, focusing on popular ritual practices and beliefs.

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  • PhD position in Okinawan studies June 6, 2019

    A fully-funded PhD position in Okinawan studies is available in the context of the Whales of Power project. The successful candidate will conduct research on the historical and contemporary significance of the dugong in Okinawan culture.

  • ERC Visiting Fellowship Programmes May 20, 2019

    Are you interested in coming to Norway and joining Whales of Power as a visiting researcher?

  • PhD positions Jan. 14, 2019

    Whales of Power is advertising three fully funded PhD positions in Asian studies! The PhD candidates will conduct research on, respectively, the sacred dugong in Okinawa, Vietnamese whale god worship, and notions of "indigenous" nature spirituality.

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 803211. ERC-2018-StG
Published Dec. 18, 2018 2:17 PM - Last modified Mar. 15, 2019 10:30 AM


Aike Peter Rots, Principal Investigator

Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages

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