Yale and others team up for Asia project

A grant of $500,000 (£320,000) from the Carnegie Corporation of New York has enabled Yale University to join forces with a wide range of international institutions to develop a global network of scholars devoted to the study of Asian topics.

May 6, 2013

The “InterAsia Initiative”, to be managed by the MacMillan Center at Yale and the Social Science Research Council, has a number of core goals including the creation of a comprehensive, searchable database of scholars working in the field.

Further plans include a project website for disseminating research and networking materials, particularly to US policymakers, and a major international conference designed to cement existing academic networks and bring in new scholars.

The initiative “aims to shift paradigms in how we conceptualise Asia by promoting collaborative research, scholarly networking and public policy connections,” says Helen Siu, professor of anthropology at Yale, and will inevitably draw on the expertise of researchers in both the social sciences and humanities.

“The InterAsia Initiative will highlight the shifting regional dynamics,” adds her fellow principal investigator Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan - Dinakar Singh professor of India and South Asian studies at Yale – “by mapping the changing shape of emerging sub-regions, as well as the emergence of new narratives on ‘who defines Asia through time’.”

Yale’s partners in the InterAsia Initiative are: the SSRC; the National University of Singapore; the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Hong Kong; Göttingen University (Germany); the Arab Council for the Social Sciences (Lebanon): and Koç University (Turkey).

matthew.reisz@tsleducation.com

Already registered?

Sign in now if you are already registered or a current subscriber. Or subscribe for unrestricted access to our digital editions and iPad and iPhone app.

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Featured Jobs

Board Member BOURNEMOUTH UNIVERSITY (MAIN OFFICE)

Most Commented

Elderly woman looking up at sky

A recent paper claims that the quality of researchers declines with age. Five senior scientists consider the data and how they’ve contributed through the years

Otto illustration (5 May 2016)

Craig Brandist on the proletarianisation of a profession and how it leads to behaviours that could hobble higher education

Woman tearing up I can't sign

Schools and universities are increasingly looking at how improving personalities can boost social mobility. But in doing so, they may be forced to choose between teaching what is helpful, and what is true, says David Matthews

Eleanor Shakespeare illustration 19 May 2016

Tim Blackman’s vision of higher education for the 21st century is one in which students of varying abilities learn successfully together

Door peephole painted as bomb ready to explode

It’s time to use technology to detect potential threats and worry less about outdated ideas of privacy, says Ron Iphofen