Collaborations & Publications

CGA–IIAS Collaborations

The Center for Global Asia (CGA) has ongoing collaborations with the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS). Based at Leiden University in the Netherlands, the IIAS is a globally oriented research institute and knowledge exchange platform that aims to contribute to a better and more integrated understanding of present-day Asia, as well as to rethink “Asian Studies” in a changing global context. Since 2016, CGA and the Asia Research Center at Fudan University have jointly contribute a three-pages section to every issue of the IIAS academic publication The Newsletter (which has a global readership of approximately 50,000) under the title “China Connections.” The section covers research in and on China and its connections within the Asia-Pacific region. The last three sections were on Digital Buddhology (edited by Di Luo, CGA Postdoctoral Fellow 2017–2018), Chinese Tea and Asian Societies (edited by Kunbing Xiao, CGA Postdoctoral Fellow 2017–2018), and African Studies in China (edited by Cheryl M. Schmitz, Global Perspectives on Society Teaching Fellow at NYU Shanghai). In 2018, CGA and the IIAS co-organized a symposium on “Water Heritage in Asian Cities” in collaboration with local and international partners, including the Shanghai Academy of Social Science (SASS) and Fudan University. The Symposium explored questions such as: How does water figure in the myths, cultures, histories, sciences, and politics of Asia and beyond? CGA is also the organizer and sponsor of the Chinese edition of the ICAS Book Prize (IBP). The IBP was established by the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS), whose Secretariat is housed at the offices of the IIAS. The IBP strives to create an international focus for academic publications on Asia, thus increasing their worldwide visibility. In its aims to “decenter” the landscape of knowledge about and in Asia, the IBP honors publications in languages other than English. For 2019, this includes editions in Chinese, Korean, French, and German edition. The IBP 2019 Awards Presentation will take place during the Opening Ceremony of ICAS 11, on 16 July 2019, in Leiden, the Netherlands. The partnership between CGA and IIAS will continue to strengthen. For example, in November 2019, CGA and IIAS will jointly organize a conference in the city of Dimapur in northeast India on the theme of “ambivalent infrastructures.” 

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