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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

Conference
14 March 2016

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



Workshop
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.



Roundtable
24 September 2015

This roundtable will discuss the existing capacities and perceived gaps and needs to create a sustainable project development related to Asian studies on the African continent.



Conference
24 September 2015

Inaugural conference organized by the Association of Asian Studies in Africa (A-Asia) in cooperation with the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS). The conference, through panels and roundtables, will seek to assess the prospects for Asian studies in Africa in a global context



Roundtable
24 September 2015

This roundtable will discuss the movement of the study of Asia from a Western-centered model to a global initiative.



Workshop
21 August 2015

Workshop on the “transitional zones” in Southeast Asia that have emerged in the wake of the encounter between local communities, new migratory circulations and the global economy.



Report

Dame Jessica Rawson, Professor of Chinese Art and Archaeology at University of Oxford delivered a series of lectures in Leiden and Amsterdam, from 4-9 May 2015, entitled ‘Steppe and the Silk Roads, China’s Interactions with its Neighbours’. The series was initiated and organized by the Leiden...



Report

Amidst the global decline of Area Studies, the Bay of Bengal is booming. The past decade has seen numerous monographs, seminars and conferences devoted to this part of Asia, often with titles containing the words ‘crossing’, ‘transcending’, ‘crossroads’ or ‘passageways’. Indeed, in order to make...



Article

One of the most controversial issues confronting Malaysia’s ruling political coalition, Barisan Nasional, is the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). Technically, the 1MDB is a private corporation wholly-owned by the Ministry of Finance, Malaysia. It was established in 2009 by converting a state...



Article

In Malaysia, political expediency and racial demography during decolonization led to the emergence of an ethnically dominated party system. An ethnic party typically champions the interests of a particular ethnic group. To gain political support ethnic parties would typically manipulate ethnic...



Article

ON 19 MARCH 2015, the Kelantan Legislative Assembly amended the Syariah Criminal Code. This move was unanimously supported by both the state’s ruling party, PAS (Islamic Party of Malaysia), and opposition UMNO (United Malays National Organization). This was yet another attempt by the PAS...



Review

Reviewed publication:
Condry, I. 2013. The Soul of Anime: Collaborative Creativity and Japan’s Media Success Story, Durham and London: Duke University Press, ISBN 9780822353942

At the heart of Ian Condry’s stimulating exploration of anime’s global success...