The Newsletter 88 Spring 2021

Continuation of Humanities Across Borders (HAB)

Philippe Peycam

The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a third grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York to support the consolidation and institutionalization of its flagship collaborative education program ‘Humanities Across Borders’ (HAB).

In the first phase of the program, we concentrated our efforts on building a network of partners and experimented with out-of-classroom, experiential pedagogies. In this next phase of HAB, we aim to mobilise existing, stand-alone educational institutions, structures, and processes into new configurations of South-South and South-North collaboration.

We envision three institutional innovations under HAB 2.0:

  • A global consortium with its commitment to public humanist values in education
  • A foundational certificate program in ‘Humanities Across Borders’ co-created and co-taught across the consortium’s geographies
  • An interactive, collaborative-education digital platform that can operate as HAB’s pedagogical resources repository, and a network of libraries, accessible to all members and beyond

In this way, we hope to build a locally-rooted, globally conscious, higher education model that has remained an aspirational ideal for many universities in the North and South attempting to achieve educational justice goals.

In the next five years, we plan to organise our partners into a membership-based consortium, expand the program’s outreach and formalise and apply HAB’s in situ or place-based methodologies to real-world societal and ecological concerns in a trans-regional setting.

Follow the program activities here: