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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

14 March 2016

Organised by IIAS, in collaboration with LeidenGlobal and the Language Museum (Leiden).

Call for panels
15 January 2016

5th Conference of the Asian Borderlands Research Network

IIAS Lunch Lecture
15 December 2015

In this talk, Haoqun Gong aims to show how self-centered national anthropology limits the potentiality of cultural critique in both China and Thailand, by reviewing the social discourse of Southeast Asia in modern China and the current separate situation between Chinese and Thai anthropologists.

14 December 2015

The workshop aims to bring together scholars in the field to share insights and findings on cross-border activities and the shadow economy.

8 December 2015

Ian Buruma, who is visiting Leiden to research a new book, will offer some reflections on nationalism in today’s Japan, China, and South Korea

Book launch
7 December 2015

Brantly Womack presents his forthcoming book in which he explores a new paradigm for the three parties' interrelationships based on inclusiveness and opportunity.

IIAS Lunch Lecture
1 December 2015

A Lecture, by Nidhi Mahajan examining different historical arguments put forward for secession of the Kenyan coast.


Children’s Day is one of the most eagerly awaited events in the Indian school calendar. Celebrated on 14th November, it commemorates the birthday of ‘Chacha Nehru’ (Uncle Nehru), as Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was aff ectionately called by the children he loved so well. Nehru was not just one of the...


Buddhist and Hindu majority societies of South(East) Asia are not traditionally associated with conflict and intolerance. Yet recent years have seen a surge in international reports of religious tensions and violence perpetrated by Buddhist and Hindu majorities against Muslim minorities in the...


After the APEC meeting in Beijing in November 2014 a series of pictures were released in the world press, which showed Japan’s Prime Minster Abe Shinzō and China’s President Xi Jinping reluctantly shaking hands. Small wonder, Sino-Japanese diplomatic relations have been in stalemate for several...


In the context of the three-year IIAS programme ‘Rethinking Asian Studies in a Global Context’, which is sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (New York), IIAS co-organised a seminar that discussed socio-political processes in Central and Inner Asia that are intersecting with global...


At the end of World War II in 1945, Taiwan was returned to its motherland, China, after years of Japanese colonial era. Five years later, however, separation came to the PRC and the ROC due to civil war and the KMT’s retreat to Taiwan, resulting in cross-Strait confrontations between Mainland...


IN REFLECTING ON historical perceptions in Japan as it passes the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, it is not possible to exclude the issue of an historical revisionism that attempts to justify colonization and imperial invasion prior to 1945. Regarding Prime Minister Abe Shinzo’s...