News and Upcoming Events

*Fall 2020 InterAsia Events*Fall 2020 Schedule

A schedule of events are now available. All Fall 2020 events will be online through Zoom. Pre-registration is required. Please click on the date below to go to individual event pages for more details and Zoom registration links.

Monday, October 26 5:30PM

Professor Paige Johnson (Barnard College)
Performing Waria: Genre as a Technology for Shaping Transgender Identity in Indonesia

Monday, November 2 5:30PM

Professor Isabel Huacuja Alonso (CSU San Bernardino)
Where are you? Call out to me: The All India Radio Urdu Service’s Letters of Longing

Friday, November 20 and Saturday, November 21

Virtual Two-Day Workshop
Itinerant People and Moving Objects Across Islamic Asia
Please e-mail if you are interested in this two-day workshop. It requires reading of pre-circulated material to participate.

Monday, November 30 5:30PM

Professor Nancy Um (SUNY Binghamton)
Connecting People, Places, and Things: Itineraries of Chinese Porcelain in around the Arabian Peninsula



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 Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (HKIHSS) at the University of Hong Kong,  the Global and Transregional Studies Platform at Göttingen University (Germany), Seoul National University Asia Center and Duke University Global Asia Initiative.

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.