News and Upcoming Events

Wood Age in Asia: Connection and Comparison in Wood Age in Asia detailsForest History

September 21-23, 2018
10 Sachem Street, Room 105

This three-day conference will bring together scholars of South, Southeast, and East Asia for a discussion framed by the concept of a “wood age.” Using perspectives from social and cultural history; archaeology and paleoecology; and the histories of art, architecture, science, and medicine, this conference will address both the centrality of wood to material life in the premodern world and the changes brought by the industrialization of the forest.

Please go to the conference webpage for more details. Pre-registration strongly recommended due to limited space.


Opportunity for Postdoctoral Position in the InterAsia Initiative at Yale University

The InterAsia Initiative at the MacMillan Center, Yale University, invites applications for a post-doctoral position. This is two-year appointment beginning August 1, 2019 and ending July 31, 2021. Reappointment for the second year will be subject to satisfactory evaluation of the first year performance in the postdoctoral position. All applicants should have completed their PhD by the time of appointment. We will accept applications immediately with review beginning on January 07, 2019 and continuing until the selections are final.

For more information and to apply, please visit

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 InterAsia 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. (

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’.”  (

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 from Fall 2015, we have been continuing to foster a young generation of researchers that will continue to find new and creative ways to carry out InterAsia research and teaching.