By Isaac Claesz of Swanenburg from the Lakenhalle
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ICAS 11: Roundtable: Reading Leiden: Some Insights from the Humanities Across Borders School

19 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.

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Location: Lipsius 2.28

Reading Leiden: Some Insights from the HaB School will be an occasion to reflect upon the experiential learning methodologies recently tested in the first graduate-level school, held in Leiden from July 11-15, under the Humanities across Borders: Asia and Africa in the World (HaB) program of IIAS. Participants from Thailand, Taiwan, Myanmar, Senegal, Mali, Ghana, Burkina Faso, India and the Netherlands will bring in their own creative expressions to showcase their comprehension of the city of Leiden in the form of group presentations. Each group, under the guidance of the co-convenors of the school, will focus on three modalities of knowing and being namely, place-making, craft-work and storytelling. The Roundtable is open to the public and will be accompanied by an exhibition of the students' work. 

Roundtable Convenor(s)

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

Maria Zwanenburg - Independent Scholar, Netherlands

Surajit Sarkar - Ambedkar University Delhi, India

Roundtable Chair(s)

Liling Huang - National Taiwan University, Taiwan


Fidelia Ametewee - University of Ghana, Ghana

Bruno Diomaye Faye - Université Gaston Berger, Senegal

Karim Diallo - Institut des Sciences Humaines, Mali

Grégoire Kaboré - CNRST/INSS, Burkina Faso

Mesha Murali - Centre For Community Knowledge, India

Arkupal Acharya - Cotton University, India

Calvin Hung - National Taiwan University, Taiwan

Yen Chun Chen - Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan

Su Sandy Htay - University of Yangon, Myanmar

Win Win Soe - University of Mandalay, Myanmar

Mi-Lan Woudstra - Leiden University, Netherlands

Orraya Chawnan – Chiang Mai University


09:00 - 10:45


Lipsius 228
Leiden University
2311 EZ Leiden