Yale InterAsia Initiative

The InterAsia Initiative is a collaborative multi-institutional group that aims to shift paradigms of how Asia is conceptualized by promoting collaborative research, scholarly networking, and public policy connections.

The Inter-Asia Initiative is an effort between Yale and six other universities and think tanks around the world, established to create a new paradigm that takes Asia as an interlinked set of formations stretching from the East and Southeast Asia, to South Asia, Eurasia and the Middle East. Pushing inquiries beyond nation-states, land-based demarcations, imperial zones, and cultural boundaries, the Initiative promotes research and conversations that address transregional connections. For critical moments of interaction, we include historical and contemporary periods.

<Principal Investigators at Yale University>

Professor Helen Siu (Department of Anthropology, MacMillan Center)

“We are working to reveal and depict Asia as an interlinked set of formations stretching from the Middle East through Eurasia, Central Asia, and South Asia to Southeast Asia and East Asia.” This approach, she notes, necessitates deep collaboration among social scientists and humanists. (http://news.yale.edu/2013/04/18/carnegie-grant-helps-build-trans-regional-network-research-asia)

Professor Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan (Department of Anthropology, MacMillan Center)

“The InterAsia Initiative will highlight the shifting regional dynamics by mapping the changing shape of emerging sub-regions, as well as the emergence of new narratives on ‘who defines Asia through time'."  (http://news.yale.edu/2013/04/18/carnegie-grant-helps-build-trans-regional-network-research-asia)

In addition to Yale University, the main members of the InterAsia Initiative include the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (HKIHSS) at the University of Hong Kong, Göttingen University (Germany), the Arab Council for the Social Sciences (Lebanon), and Koç University (Turkey).

With renewed support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York starting Fall 2015, we hope to continue to foster a young generation of researchers that will continue to find new and creative ways to carry out inter-Asia research and teaching.