Partners and network
Global Networker in Asian Studies
As an institute created to promote Asian studies ‘in context’, yet, internationally, collaboration is fundamental to IIAS' activities.
All IIAS activities (research programmes, fellowships, roundtables, summer schools, etc.) are undertaken in cooperation with a wide variety of national and international partners. It is thanks to these contacts and networks that IIAS can effectively fulfill its role as the global networker in Asian studies, bringing together multiple trans-regional actors who each contribute their specific knowledge and expertise to the dialogue.
IIAS initiated networks
IIAS is the initiator of several networks, such as the European Alliance for Asian Studies, and, at a global level, the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS), the Urban Knowledge Network Asia (UKNA), and the Mellon-supported research network Rethinking Asian Studies in a Global Context.
Within the purview of its three thematic clusters Asian cities, Asian heritages, and Global Asia, IIAS supports activities aimed at the production of knowledge of Asia in the globalised context of today. To this end, IIAS is keen to directly engage institutes from Asia, and many activities take place in Asia. However, IIAS takes an inclusive approach: it neither seeks to build ‘enclaves’ in Asia, nor does it wish to act on its own without engaging other partners, from different parts of the world.
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Partners and networks overview
Leiden and the Netherlands
- Leiden Network
- Other Leiden partners
- The Netherlands
- European Alliance for Asian Studies
- By country
- International Convention of Asia Scholars, ICAS
- Urban Knowledge Network Asia (UKNA)
- Rethinking Asian Studies in a Global Context
- Asian Borderlands Research Network
- By country
Leiden and the Netherlands
Leiden Network for Asian Studies
The Leiden Network for Asian Studies is an intra-university network initiated by IIAS to further the scientific cooperation in the field of Asian studies. It consists of:
Other partners in Leiden
In addition, IIAS maintains close working relationships with many other institutes in Leiden and at Leiden University such as The Faculty of Archaeology, the Institute of History and the Scaliger Institute. IIAS also collaborates with the Museum of Antiquities, the Museum of Ethnology, Brill academic publishers and Leiden (and Amsterdam) University Press.
IIAS is a founding member of LeidenGlobal (2013). This Leiden-based platform for global expertise brings together the respective and complementary scientific and cultural knowledge of eight institutions, with expertise on different world regions. LeidenGlobal plans to organise and help organise a plethora of activities, ranging from academic conferences, to exhibitions, to political debates, and is intended to be a meeting place for everyone interested in the world, its history, its peoples and cultures, and the dynamics that interlink them.
- African Studies Centre (ASC), Leiden
- International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Leiden
- National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden
- National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden
- Netherlands Institute for the Near East (NINO), Leiden
- Leiden University, Leiden
- Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV), Leiden
- Roosevelt Study Centre (RSC), Middelburg
Other partners in the Netherlands
European Alliance for Asian Studies
The European Alliance for Asian Studies is a co-operative framework and information platform of a number of European institutes that share a common interest in the interdisciplinary study of Asia, with the humanities and social sciences as the two main academic fields included. Its secretariat is jointly held by IIAS and NIAS.
- Centre for East Asian Studies (CE AO), Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
- Centre for International Studies and Research (CERI), SciencesPo, Paris, France
- Institut d’ Asie Orientale, Lyon, France
- International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Leiden, The Netherlands
- Institute of Asian Studies (IAS) of the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Hamburg, Germany
- Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS), Copenhagen, Denmark
- School of Orientaland African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK
- Romanian Institute for European-Asian Studies (IRSEA ), Bucharest, Romania
Association for Korean Studies in Europe
AKSE is the main scholarly society for Korean studies in greater Europe.
- European Policy Centre (EPC)
- University of Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve
see above under Leiden / Amsterdam and the Netherlands
- Swedish School of Advanced Asia Pacific Studies (SSAAPS), Stockholm
International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS)
- IIAS (initiator and secretariat)
- Participants from 60 different countries representing 500 institutions
Founded in 1997 at the initiative of IIAS, ICAS is a platform of scholars and institutions focusing on issues critical to Asia, and, by implication, the rest of the world. Usually held in Asia, the ICAS biennial conventions rank as the most important, truly international gatherings on Asian studies. Since its foundation, the nine ICAS conventions have brought together over 18,000 academics. The conventions are organised by the IIAS-hosted secretariat of ICAS, in cooperation with a local host university. ICAS meetings have been held in Adelaide (2015), Macau (2013), Hawai'i (2011), Daejeon (2009), Kuala Lumpur (2007), Shanghai (2005), Singapore (2003), Berlin (2001) and Leiden (1998).
IIAS serves as the permanent secretariat of ICAS which also benefits from the advise of an international council composed of prominent scholars in the field of Asian Sudies, as well as representatives of regional and national Asian studies organisations.
More information: www.icas.asia
Urban Knowledge Network Asia (UKNA)
- Ambedkar University (AUD), Delhi, India
- College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP), Beijing University of Technology, Beijing, China
- China Academy of Urban Planning and Design (CAUPD), Beijing, China
- Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) University, Ahmedabad, India
- Centre for Urban and Regional Studies (CURS), Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, Shanghai, China
- Department of Architecture, Hong Kong University, Hong Kong
- Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), Bengaluru, India
- School of Architecture, Tianjin University, Tianjin, China
- Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Macau, Macau*
- Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, Singapore*
- Graduate Institute of Planning and Building, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan*
- Development and Planning Unit (DPU), University College London, UK
- Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-Belleville (ENSAPB), France
- International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden, the Netherlands
- Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands
- Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA
* Strategic partners, not participating in research staff exchanges covered by the original IRSES grant.
UKNA is a network of over one hundred researchers from 14 partner institutes in Europe, China, India and the United States. Its key objective is to nurture new forms of policy-relevant knowledge on Asian cities through multi-disciplinary research and exchanges, targeted case study-based research, seminars and roundtable workshops, focusing on three themes: ‘Ideas of the City’, ‘Cities by and for the People’ and ‘Future of Cities’. Website: www.ukna.asia
IIAS holds the secretariat of the network and was awarded a substansive grant under the Marie Curie Actions 'International Research Staff Exchange Scheme' (IRSES) of the European Union to coordinate the staff exchanges within the network.
Rethinking Asian Studies in a Global Context
Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York, and coordinated by IIAS in collaboration with forty leading international institutes, this exploratory programme aims to generate new humanities-focused research and knowledge in the field of Asian studies. It is built upon an inclusive network of scholars, artists and other social leaders, and their institutions in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.
For extensive information see: Rethinking Asian Studies in a Global Context
Asian Borderlands Research Network
- IIAS (secretariat)
- Leiden University
- University of Amsterdam
- Researchers and Asia Scholars from various institutions worldwide
The Asian Borderlands Research Network has been developed with the intention of focusing particularly on the border regions between South Asia, Central/East and Southeast Asia. A conference is organised in one of these border regions in co-operation with a local partner every two year.
More information: www.asianborderlands.net/about
Asia and Australia
IIAS research programmes, fellowships and activities are made possible thanks to the generous contribution by various sponsors.
- Academy for Korean Studies
- African Studies Centre
- Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung/Foundation
- Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
- Asian Cultural Council, New York
- Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), in Singapore
- Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research
- British Academy
- Center for Asia-Pacific Area Studies (CAPAS), Academia Sinica
- Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation
- Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Beijing, China
- Corts Foundation
- Institute of Southeast Asian Studies Singapore (ISEAS)
- J. Gonda Foundation, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
- Economic and Social Research Council (UK)
- European Commission, European Union, Brussels
- Fritz Thyssen Stiftung
- Georgia State University
- Leids Universiteits Fonds (LUF)
- Leon Levy Foundation
- Ministry of Education, the Netherlands
- Ministery of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands
- Ministery of Foreign Affairs, Belgium
- Museum Volkenkunde, (Museum of Ethnology), Leiden, The Netherlands
- Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
- National Science Council (NSC), Government of Taiwan, Taipei, Taiwan
- National University of Singapore (NUS)
- Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
- Numata Foundation
- Open Society Institute
- Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)
- South-South Exchange Programme for Research on the History of Development (SEPHIS)
- University of New Castle Upon Tyne
- University of Amsterdam
- Vrije Universiteit (VU University Amsterdam), Amsterdam