• Workshopping HaB Syllabi

ICAS 11: Roundtable: Place, Practice and Nature in Experiential Perspective 2: Rice

17 July 2019

About the International Convention of Asia Scholars 11

The 11th International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) is the most inclusive international gathering in the field of Asian Studies. ICAS attracts participants from over 75 countries to engage in global dialogues on Asia that transcend boundaries between academic disciplines and geographic areas. The meeting place for the eleventh edition of ICAS is Leiden, the Netherlands. The historic city of Leiden is home to one of the oldest universities, Leiden University, and several of the most renowned Asia research centers. Leiden University will be the main host of ICAS 11, partnering with the city, research institutions and museums, who share equally rich Asian and global connections.

Events will include: panels and roundtable discussions, keynote speeches, craft exhibitions, a film and documentary festival and the second Asian Studies Book Fair. With all these activities ICAS is contributing to the decentering of Asian Studies by including more ‘Asian voices’ while successfully convening a global space in which Asia scholars and social and cultural actors from the whole world can directly interact. Participate at ICAS 11 and enjoy the multitude of networking opportunities, possibilities to share your research and to meet with publishers.

ICAS 11 will be held at the Law Faculty Building and Lipsius Building of Leiden University from 16-19 July 2019. It will be organized by the International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden University and GIS Asie (French Academic Network for Asian Studies). More than 2000 Asia specialists and representatives of civil society are expected to attend.

For complete schedule, visit https:https://www.eventscribe.com/2019/ICAS11/agenda.asp?pfp=FullSchedule

Location: Kamerlingh Onnes B0.31

‘Place, Practice and Nature in Experiential Perspective 2: Rice’ is a roundtable-workshop to further explore HaB’s methodological approach of viewing rice as a ‘site of knowledge and meaning’ in diverse regional contexts. The papers presented at the panel ‘Rice-scapes: Topographies, Tastes and Technologies’ in the Borderlands conference held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in August 2018 offered a window into how rice can be deployed as a meaningful point of inquiry. In January 2019, Ambedkar University Delhi facilitated an inter-community dialogue around the question of rice sovereignty at Kokrajhar, which is part of India’s north-east witnessing a series of ethnic conflicts in recent decades. The meeting reinforced the need for curricular spaces for sustained academia-society interaction, not only to build long-term research capacities but also, to develop locally embedded syllabi in the region. 

The present roundtable is an occasion to ‘workshop’ the papers written and discussed during the Bishkek meeting. We will use ‘Place, Practice and Nature’ as the frame for a potential bachelor’s and master’s level course that would be relevant across Asian and African university contexts.

Roundtable Convenor(s)

Aarti Kawlra - International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Netherlands

Roundtable Chair(s)

Chayan Vaddhanaphuti - Chiang Mai University, Thailand, Thailand


Dharitri Narzary - Ambedkar University Delhi, India

Mohomodou Houssouba - Center for African Studies, University of Basel, Switzerland

Malee Sitthikriengkrai - Chiang Mai University, Thailand

Abdourahmane Seck - University of Gaston Berger, Senegal

Surajit Sarkar - Ambedkar University Delhi, India

Tharaphi Than - Northern Illinois University, United States


17:00 - 18:45


Kamerlingh Onnes B0.31
Leiden University
2311 EZ Leiden