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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.

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Global Asia Updates

3 March 2017

First part of 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.

IIAS Winter School
16 January 2017

Six days of interactive Winter School training. This Winter School is co-organized by IIAS and Social Science Research Council (New York, US), and hosted by C-Centre (Centre for Chinese Media and Comparative Communication Research) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

12 December 2016

The 5th Asian Borderlands conference will take place in Kathmandu, Nepal, from 12-14 December 2016. It will address questions such as: What new borderland flows, corridors, and paths are (or have been) taking shape, and what impacts do they have on livelihoods and communities; How can we use these Asian cases to rethink social theories of various kinds?

Call for papers
30 November 2016

13th International Conference on Thai Studies

IIAS Lunch Lecture
18 October 2016

Dr Sayana Namsaraeva will discuss dehumanising narratives and new “bestiary” vocabularies at the Sino-Russian border

Film screening
11 October 2016

Tempo Driver, a multi-Lingual Nepalese movie. Ganga Bahadur Nemkul, the producer and the storywriter of the film Tempo Chalak will be present in person during the presentation of the film.

Call for proposals
10 October 2016

The 10th International Convention of Asia Scholars will take place in Chiang Mai from 20-23 July 2017. We are now accepting proposals for panels, roundtables, book/PhD presentations and the IBP Book Prize.

Call for applications
1 October 2016

IIAS offers an annual award for the best master’s thesis in the broad field of Asian studies, written at a Dutch University.


Organized by the International Institute of Asian Studies in collaboration with the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies; Kyoto, Japan, 25- 30 January 2016. The Winter School was co-sponsored by the Asia Center, Japan Foundation.1...


The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) was established under the leadership of China for the purpose of putting into reality the country’s economic vision of One Belt, One Road. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration has been consistently skeptical about the AIIB, pointing to the...


China’s One Belt, One Road (一帶一路, land- and sea-based Silk Road) strategy is part of the country’s grand strategy for realizing the Chinese dream of the ‘great national rejuvenation’. Achievement of the world’s second largest GDP in 2010 boosted China’s confidence, and the Xi Jinping...


During his visit to ASEAN countries in 2013, Secretary Xi Jinping presented a plan for the construction of the Silk Road Economic Belt (hereafter, One Belt) and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road (hereafter, One Road). One Belt, One Road is a major policy in China’s domestic and foreign...


The ‘One Belt, One Road (OBOR)’ initiative can be understood as China’s new international economic diplomacy aimed at increasing connectivity and cooperation among countries along China’s old maritime and overland trade routes, namely, the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime...


28 September 2015, night-time in Bisara village in Uttar Pradesh, India – a Hindu mob lynches a Muslim man and his son for allegedly consuming beef. The man dies while his son is severely injured. They had been guilty of killing the sacred Go-mata (Mother Cow) of the Hindus.