NIAS Press is moving

from Press News, posted 10/02/2012 - 06:04

After more than 17 years at Leifsgade 33 near Copenhagen University's southern (Humanities) campus, NIAS is moving across town to the city campus where we will be in far closer contact with our colleagues at the Social Sciences faculty.

It is of course a wrench to depart a place we know so well and - especially after over 40 years being together - to be located somewhere different than our colleagues at the Asian Studies Department. However, we are confident of a continued close working relationship not only because of shared ventures like the university's Asian Dynamics Initiative but also the many various personal relationships between colleagues.

And of course where NIAS moves, so does the Press.

From today, our new address is:

NIAS Press
Nordic Institute of Asian Studies
Øster Farimagsgade 5
DK-1353 Copenhagen K
(no change to phone numbers, e-mail addresses, etc.)

Note that the above (postal) address is the same for the entire city campus, which covers more than a city block. As such, until such time as a more official map is made, visitors to NIAS might find this hastily made map of use.

As can be seen, the institute can be approached in several directions but the two most common routes will be:

1) from the main entrance to the campus (bus stop outside on route #40 or a 5-10 minute walk from Nørreport metro station), or

2) directly from Øster Søgade (the physical street address being no. 18 but not the postal address - see above).

Note that there is plenty of space for bicycles outside the institute but we do not have a private car park such as we enjoyed at Leifsgade. There is some free, off-street parking available near the institute but visitors will need to arrange a parking permit in advance with the institute secretary (currently Natalie Wheeler, contact details on the NIAS website). Street parking is also possible but note this is central Copenhagen so it is not easy to find and definitely not cheap.

As can be seen on the map, physically we are located on the north-western (lakeside) edge of the city campus, the Press offices looking out on lakes that were once part of the old city defences. The view is quite lovely but we have yet to discover how bad the traffic noise is (moving from a quiet suburban street to a main central city traffic route could be "interesting").

This news item is written in the early hours of the first day of the physical shift (Tuesday, 2 October) and the whole moving process won't be over until the library is moved in over a week's time. It has been a long, hard slog these past few weeks deciding what to keep and what to throw out. (Here we have been confronted by the startling evidence of the move from paper to electronic communication in the past two decades.)

The premises are also a bit smaller and organised very differently so we have quite a bit of reorganisation and adjustment ahead of us. The long and short of it, then, is: expect the usual professional standards you normally receive from the Press and NIAS generally but please do realise that behind the scenes it will be something of a madhouse for a while.

It is of course great timing that the Frankfurt Book Fair starts next week.



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