Call for Proposals: Integration and Disintegration in InterAsian Perspective
InterAsia Academy is pleased to announce an open call for applications from researchers from any world region who wish to participate in the inaugural InterAsia Academy, entitled “Integration and Disintegration in InterAsian Perspective.” This event will take place largely online due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and various travel restrictions; however, some in-person events may be possible (this will be determined in late 2020 after participants have been selected). In-person events, if any, will be hosted by the Comparative Asian Studies Department at the National University of Singapore (NUS). All academy events will take place between the dates of February 15–28, with the schedule to be finalized based on the availability of the participant pool.
For more than a decade, the SSRC InterAsia Program, working with a larger network of InterAsian partners, has supported innovative research that challenges the territorial fixities of area-studies research without discounting the importance of contextually grounded, place-based knowledge. Program activities have strengthened the understanding of issues and geographies that do not fit neatly into existing divisions of academia or the world, and have created new approaches, practices and opportunities for transregional studies.
The InterAsia Academy—aimed at advanced graduate students and early-career researchers—will build upon this work through an explicit focus on pedagogy, specifically examining the broad theme of “Integration and Disintegration in InterAsian Perspective.” This theme highlights processes of regionalization and re-regionalization that crosses national and other boundaries, building on old histories and creating new geographies. It examines the ways in which interconnected formations across the Asian expanse shape and reshape ecologies, economies and everyday life. In addition, we encourage applications that address issues of gender in relation to each of the topical emphases, particularly in response to some who have posited that InterAsian “subjects” are often male, and that connections are often understood through the movements of “mobile men.” How can histories, knowledge, and practices of integration and disintegration be understood through an explicit focus on gender?
Key topics include Ecologies, Infrastructure, Legalities, and Religions
Eligibility and Criteria
The Academy invites proposals from researchers in any world region who consider their work to be InterAsian and who are engaged with broader Academy themes. Participants may be advanced graduate students, actively working on their dissertations, or up to five years out of the PhD program in any social science or humanities discipline.
All proposals must be submitted in English and all Academy events will take place in English.