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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.


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 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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15 July 2019

The ICAS Conference Pre-Event on 15th July at Leiden University College in The Hague poses crucial questions about collective imaginings, in Asia and Europe, in regard to the historical conditions



Indian Ocean Lecture Series
29 January 2019

Analysing the influential work of Jesuit Jean-Venant Bouchet, Danna Agmon demonstrates how Catholic orientalist scholarship on law emerged from the daily practice of Jesuit conversion in the mission field. Danna Agmon is a historian and author of the book 'A Colonial Affair: Commerce, Conversion, and Scandal in French India' (2017). Lecture and Q&A, followed by drinks. drinks.



Buddhist Studies Lectures
13 December 2018

Lecture by Stefano Zacchetti, the Numata Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Oxford, UK. Drinks afterwards.



Announcement

The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) has recently started a new project of interdisciplinary research aimed at the study of the Belt and Road Initiative of the Chinese government, with special attention on the impact of the ‘New Silk Road’ on countries, regions and peoples...



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The recently published volume Ethnographies of Waiting: Doubt, Hope and Uncertainty explores the social phenomenon of ‘waiting’ and its centrality in human society.1Janeja, M.K....



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Scene 1 Teaching between cultures (by Surajit Sarkar)

It was during a walk with two dozen students through a lilong in the French concession in Shanghai that I learnt that Lu Xun had lived in such a neighborhood. It reminded me of my teaching past in...



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The project ‘Postcolonial Displacements’ has been running at Leiden University since 2015, funded by the (Leiden) Asian Modernities and Traditions fund (AMT), with an aim to re-imagine research and pedagogies around ‘other places’ – framed as ‘Area Studies’ in the university. Using the thematic...



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As Indian cities, towns, and villages are transformed by shifting patterns of residential segregation, researchers addressing these transformations are confronted with violent histories, contended narratives, stereotypes, and with delicate research challenges of method, conceptualisation, and...