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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 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

Call for proposals
10 October 2018

The 11th International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) is the most inclusive international gathering in the field of Asian Studies. ICAS attracts participants from over 60 countries to engage in global dialogues on Asia that transcend boundaries between academic disciplines and geographic areas. The meeting place for the eleventh edition of ICAS is Leiden, the Netherlands. The historic city of Leiden is home to one of the oldest universities, Leiden University, and several of the most renowned Asia research centers. Leiden University will be the main host of ICAS 11, partnering with the city, research institutions and museums, who share equally rich Asian and global connections.

The submission deadline for proposals of Individual Abstracts, Panels, Roundtables, Book presentations and PhD Dissertation presentations is 10 October 2018.



Conference
20 September 2018

Building on the multiple encounters, interactions and dialogues initiated at the 1st Africa-Asia Conference (Accra, Ghana, 2015), the 2nd international Conference ‘Africa-Asia, a New Axis of Knowledge’, to be held from 20-22 September 2018, in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), seeks to deepen the explorations of new realities, and long histories connecting Africa and Asia.



Conference
13 August 2018

6th Asian Borderlands conference in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, which addresses the following questions: How are borderlands in Asia creating alternative spaces for heritages, self-definition and the extraction of resources? How can these cases serve to rethink social theories of various kind?



IIAS Lunch Lecture
28 June 2018

Lunch lecture by William Peterson, IIAS fellow from Flinders University, Australia - By 1988, apart from cute pandas, the two things perhaps most adults in the West associated with post-Mao China were the “terra-cotta warriors” of Xi’an and the extraordinary skills of Chinese acrobats. This talk considers the impact of these two bookends of ancient and living cultures on an Australian public at the country’s first modern international exposition, a time when country began to recognize that it was connected by geography and destiny to the Asia Pacific.



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Workshop, Cotton University India,
2-4 April 2018

Early April 2018, and the corridors of Cotton University in Guwahati, the capital city of Assam, were abuzz with a burst of energy and gathering of women in the central conference hall of the 117-year old institution, to...



Review

Reviewed title:
Dorothy Ko. 2017. The Social Life of Inkstones: Artisans and Scholars in Early Qing China.
Seattle: University of Washington Press. ISBN 9780295999180



Review

Reviewed title:
Pongiyannan, Dhamu. 2015. Film and Politics in India. Cinematic Charisma as a Gateway to Political Power. Bern: Peter Lang, ISBN: 978-3-0343-1551-7



Review

Reviewed titles:

Ali, O.H. 2016. Malik Ambar: Power and Slavery Across the Indian Ocean. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.

Burton, A. 2016. Africa in the Indian Imagination: Race and the Politics of Postcolonial Citation. Durham and London: Duke...



Article

Scholars have devoted much attention to the rise of Rodrigo Duterte and the impact his brand of populism has had on the quality of Philippine democracy. This piece focuses instead on the evolving nature of the Philippine presidency and gradual diversification of the national oligarchy. Rather...



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The beginning of the 20th century saw a rapid increase in Japan’s demand for oil, along with the introduction of motor vehicles and warfare, while domestic oil production had already peaked at the time. Safeguarding a stable supply of oil became a keystone of Japan’s...