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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.

ABRNEnergy Programme AsiaIIAS Centre for Regulation adn GovernanceJARAKAsian Studies in Africa


Global Asia Updates

24 September 2015

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

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.

16 April 2015

IIAS seminar about the multiple and contesting perspectives of present day India.

1 April 2015

Workshop in the framework of the three-year pilot-programme "Rethinking Asian Studies in a Global Context". The roundtable will gather a selected number of established and senior art practitioners, critics and academics of visual arts, cinema and literature.

30 March 2015

Two-day workshop for PhD students and artists, to be held on 30 & 31 March 2015 at Hong Kong Baptist University

Call for papers
15 March 2015

Deadline: 15 March 2015
Workshop dates: 17 August 2015

20 February 2015

Presentation by Violet Law (translator of Voices from Tibet).


Reviewed publication:
Jory, P. (ed.) 2013. Ghosts of the Past in Southern Thailand: Essays on the History and Historiography of Patani, Singapore: National University of Singapore Press, ISBN: 9789971696351

From time to time, an edited volume comes along...


To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Bandung Conference, a seminar was organised on 27 June 2014 at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne by CHAC (Centre d’Histoire de l’Asie Contemporaine, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) and GRIC (Groupe de Recherches Identités et...


In August 2012, an international workshop on ‘The legacy of perestroika discourses in knowledge production on Central and Inner Asia’ was organised by the Humboldt University in Berlin, Volkswagen Foundation, the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), the National Institutes for the...


This year's presidential elections in Indonesia have been defined as the most important political event of the country’s recent history. And yet in the background of this momentous event was a strange and bizarre culture of political campaigning. Joko Widodo, Governor of Jakarta, a self-made...


For the first time in history of Indonesian presidential elections, the 2014 elections witnessed just two candidates: Prabowo Subianto and Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo. It was also the first time the internet and social media played such a consequential part in the process.


Never before have I experienced such a roller-coaster elections in Indonesia. I was excited when I began observing the campaign in March 2014. It seemed like Indonesia’s democracy was maturing. Parties used sophisticated campaign methods, there were fewer traffic-stopping mass rallies and...