International Institute for Asian Studies
Global Asia -IIAS pushes the understanding of the process of globalisation by challenging western assumptions and acknowledging the central role of Asia as an agent of global transformations | Read more
Global Asia close

Paying attention to past and present trends, the 'Global Asia' cluster addresses contemporary issues related to transnational interactions within the Asian region as well as throughout the world via the flows of people, goods, capital and ideas.

The cluster aims to expand the understanding of the process of globalisation by considering the various ways Asian and other world regions are interconnected within a long-term historical framework, recognising Asia's historic economic prominence and geopolitical influence from before the colonial era. Acknowledging the central role of Asia as an agent of global transformations, it challenges western perspectives that underlie much of the current literature on the subject, and it explores new forms of non-hegemonic intellectual interactions in the form of 'south-south-north' and 'east-west' dialogue models. IIAS also aims to develop a more evenly balanced field of Asian Studies, by collaborating in trans-regional capacity building initiatives and by working on new types of methodological approaches that encourage synergies and interactions between disciplines, regions and practices.

In principle, any research dealing with Asian global interactions is of interest. Topics include, but are not limited to, the migration of peoples and their diasporas, religious transnational pilgrimages and networks, forms of economic expansion, cultural dissemination, geo-strategic projections and engagements. Also of interest are issues that are central to the contemporary discussion on knowledge production and its circulation within a globalised world.

ABRNEnergy Programme AsiaIIAS Centre for Regulation adn GovernanceJARAK

Asian Studies in Africa


Global Asia Updates

Call for panels
2 October 2017

Call for Panels -  Deadline: 2 October 2017

Conference dates: 23-25 August, 2018
Venue: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Summer School
25 September 2017

A Summer School devoted to the academic study of Asian Food for MA/PhD students and early career scholars.

IIAS Lunch Lecture
21 September 2017

'Shambala Junction' won the 2016 Virginia Prize for Fiction in the United Kingdom. In this talk, Prof. Dipika Mukherjee (Northwestern University, USA) will discuss the research that went into the writing of this novel.

Call for proposals
15 September 2017

A two-parts conference jointly organized by: Seoul National University, Asia Centre, Seoul; Vietnam National University, Hanoi; International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden; Leiden University, Leiden; École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris. An initiative directed by IIAS.


Workshop: 9-11 November 2016
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 


After three years of planning and construction, Leiden University's new Asian Library is ready. Bringing together various important collections on Asia, the Asian Library holds the largest collection on Indonesia worldwide, and some of the foremost collections on South and Southeast Asia, China...


The Visual Documentary Project: building bridges between academia and the documentary filmmaking world in Southeast Asia


Center for Global Asia at NYU Shanghai

The Center for Global Asia at NYU Shanghai serves as the hub within the NYU Global Network University system to promote the study of Asian interactions and comparisons, both historical and contemporary. The overall objective of the Center is to...


On 5 April, Arbor Day, I urgently filed a lawsuit against the Korean and Chinese governments. Six people, including attorney Kyung-jae Ahn and several homemakers, joined me in filing the joint action, requesting KRW 3 million per person on the grounds of mental distress due to fine dust. This...


Particulate matter has become an increasing environmental problem in China due to the country’s economic development, rapid urbanization, industrial expansion, and drastic increase in the number of motor vehicles. At the beginning of 2015, 388 cities at or above the prefecture level across China...