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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

Outreach
11 November 2017

Annual Rijksmuseum / IIAS lecture by Dr Claudine Bautze-Picron on the goddess Durgā's, whose depiction as the 'Killer of the Buffalo-Demon', Mahiṣāsuramardinī, is based on a single model found all through the Indian world. However, from the seventh century up to the twelfth century, the goddess displays in Bihar (Eastern India) other aspects of her personality: as mother or as peaceful and victorious 'great goddess', aspects which could migrate up to East Bengal and further Java.



Masterclass
10 November 2017

Addresses the huge impact of artistic production of the Mainamati-Vikrampur region on the transfer of iconographic models towards Southeast Asia, this master class will show how these 'imported' models were assimilated before becoming part of the local culture. The master class is open to BA/MA/PhD students and teachers of Asian arts, archaeology, history, languages and cultures, as well as others interested in these areas. The master class is convened by Dr Claudine Bautze-Picron, who will also give a lecture on on the iconography of the goddess Durga on 11 November at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.



Call for submissions
1 November 2017

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



IIAS Lunch Lecture
24 October 2017

Professor Michael Laffan (Princeton University, USA) talks about the complicated life and legacy of the Indonesian exile Abdallah of Tidore, popularly known as Tuan Guru (Master Teacher), who is said to to have been imprisoned on Robben Island by the Dutch for over a decade after his arrival in 1780, and to have profoundly energized the Muslim community at Cape Town after his release.



Article

The workshop Re-imagining the civic role of the University, held on 25-26 July 2017 at Mandalay University (Myanmar), was the first attempt at exploring ‘the workshop idea’ as a space of learning in the context of the Humanities across Borders programme. The account below shares insights into...



Article

In 2016, IIAS announced its new programme ‘Humanities across Borders: Asia and Africa in the World’. Now that the programme’s framework is fully in place and activities have started, we would like to provide you with an update about the developments at various levels of activities on research...



Article

A variety of factors appear to be holding Thailand back from rising to the next level of economic development. The country’s long dependence on natural resources and cheap labour means that growth is negatively impacted when resources diminish or when labour becomes more expensive. The country’s...



Review

Reviewed title:
Michael Buehler. 2016.
The Politics of Shari’a Law: Islamist Activists and the State in Democratizing Indonesia
Cambridge University Press
ISBN 9781107130227



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Since the early 2000s a coalition of ethnic minorities in Thailand has promoted a sub-national social movement under the global banner of ‘Indigenous Peoples’. Initiated by leaders of the 10 so-called ‘hill tribes’ in the North, the movement has since expanded to include representatives of an...



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The passing of Thailand’s long-ruling and highly revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej signalled the end of an era for Thailand, but also the start of a new one at a time of acute political polarization and instability within the country. What followed was the peaceful ascension of the Crown Prince –...