Notices and Upcoming Events

* Lecture by Professor Alison Richard (September 26, 2017 4:00PM)
Hidden in Plain Sight: Madagascar and the Indian Ocean World
(Professor Alison Richard, Yale University)
Department of Anthropology, 10 Sachem Street, Room 105
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* SSRC Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowhip and SSRC Global Summer Semester Residency applications (Deadline: September 27, 2017)

The Social Science Research Council is pleased to invite preliminary applications for its expanded and enhanced Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowship, funded with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Following on four successful grants cycles, through which more than sixty-five individual fellowships totaling nearly 2.5 million USD have been awarded, the SSRC is continuing its transregional grants program, offering a 2018 Junior Scholar grants competition and awarding approximately fifteen grants of up to $45,000 to researchers in any world region.
In addition, working closely with the Global and Transregional Studies Platform at the University of Göttingen in Germany, the SSRC is pleased to offer a short-term fellowship opportunity in 2018—the SSRC Global Summer Semester Residency at the University of Göttingen (approximate residency dates: April 15, 2018–July 15, 2018).
The deadline is SEPTEMBER 27TH 2017. Please check their official announcement for more information. The SSRC InterAsia Program website is available here.

* XẨM STREET MUSIC (October 6, 2017  7:00 PM)
Light of the Blind (Luce Hall Auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Ave.)
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Wesleyan University’s Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life Collaborative Project presents with Yale University,“Light of the Blind,” a series of workshops, colloquia and Xẩm concert performances. The project aim is to create a deeper awareness and understanding of the healing possibilities of music for those struggling in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, and to offer a forum for conversations between American and Vietnamese-American communities. The Vietnamese practice of Xẩm singing will inform the discussion, as audience and performers collaborate on cross-cultural musical experiences.

* CALL FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS (Deadline: October 31, 2017)
More details are available on this official SSRC link.
InterAsian Connections VI: Hanoi (December 4-7, 2018)

The 2018 Hanoi conference will be structured to enable intensive working group interactions on specific research themes as well as broader interactions/discussions on topics of shared interest and concern. Each workshop will have two directors with different institutional affiliations, preferably representing different disciplines. The conference organizers will cover all directors’ costs of participation, including economy-class airfare and accommodations. Workshop directors will each receive a $1,000 honorarium.
Joint proposals are invited from scholars from any world region who are interested in co-organizing and codirecting a thematic workshop that addresses one of the following broadly conceived themes. All workshop directors must hold a PhD degree and have significant experience in conducting independent research, holding research workshops, and evaluating and commenting on a variety of research proposals and papers. We encourage creative proposals that explore innovative connectionsconvergences, and comparisons across InterAsia.
More details are available on this official SSRC link.

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 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 InterAsia research and teaching.