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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).

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.

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.

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.

24 July 2015

International Conference on Burma/Myanmar Studies

Call for presentations
19 June 2015

Annual gathering of researchers working on Southeast Asia

18 June 2015

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the 1955 Asian-African Conference of Bandung, a number of Leiden-based institutions will organize a one-day seminar aimed at revisiting this important historical event


Occupiers and ordinary people alike, Hongkongers found themselves glued to different new media since teargas swept the streets of Admiralty. News and updates diffused quickly beyond the territory through multilingual updates on Facebook. Working with almost 800 translators, I witnessed the...


On 11-12 December 2014, the Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR) hosted the fourth edition of the ‘Sri Lanka Roundtable’, gathering scholars from all corners of Europe and abroad. Following the tradition set by Utrecht University (2009), Zurich University (2011) and London...


Report of the workshop ‘Belonging Across the Bay of Bengal: Migrations, Networks, Circulations’, convened at Princeton University, 31 October 2014

The workshop ‘Belonging Across the Bay of Bengal’, held under the rubric of the Asian Spatialities forum of the IIAS/Mellon-sponsored program...


International workshop, Leiden, 8-9 January 2015.

Funded by the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV), the Asian Modernities and Traditions Research Program (AMT), the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), the Leiden University Centre for...


At the international conference of the Southeast Asia Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives (SARBICA), 27 September 2013, the National Archives of the Republic of Indonesia launched a new website which gives online access to one of its most valuable collections: the archives...


Thaksin Shinawatra's overwhelming victory in the election of 2005 marked the start of a period of socio-political division in Thai society. The former Prime Minster’s way of exercising power and his emphasis on efficiency and business management were seen by many as a direct challenge to Thai...