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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

Summer School
25 September 2017

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

Call for papers
15 July 2017

13th International Conference on Thai Studies

IIAS lecture
6 June 2017

The narratives of local art histories in East and Southeast Asia are divided by national boundaries and shaped deeply by colonisation, cold war structures and globalisation/global-liberalism. The forms of modern and contemporary art histories are juxtapositions of a series of national narratives without consideration of their integration with each other, although these national narratives follow similar structures and models: the pioneer artists who travel back from their enlightened journeys in Europe, the struggle between Western and local traditions, and the heroic narratives of great success in international events. These art history narratives reflect the historical progress of Asian countries and the self-consciousness of their identities and self-depictions. Most of the time, the arguments and questions of the basic definition of art also play an important part in these narratives.


I have been Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs at Duke Kunshan University for nearly two years now. Until our undergraduate degree program starts in Fall 2018, my main role is overseeing our Global Learning Semester (GLS). This program has offered many challenges and opportunities for the...


Report of the Fifth Conference of the Asian Borderlands Research Network (ABRN) held in Kathmandu, Nepal, 12-14 December, 2016. All photos courtesy of the ‘Wayfinding Exhibition’;


The spread and growth of Islamic law across the Indian Ocean world have been largely neglected by scholars of Islamic law, Middle East specialists, and scholars of the Indian Ocean, despite South and Southeast Asia together being home to the largest Muslim population in the world. The...


The ICAS Book Prize (IBP), established by the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) in 2004, and sponsored by The Asian Library at Leiden University (Netherlands) since 2015, aims to create an international focus for academic publications on Asia.


The start of this millennium has arguably seen a marked renaissance in the various national cinemas of Southeast Asia. The past few years have even brought a rise in production in the long moribund Cambodian film sector, and the beginnings of a filmmaking community in Laos, which has never had a...