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Roundtable conversation

Decolonizing Area Studies. An Open Conversation

Thursday 12 October 2023
Breestraat 40

We welcome colleagues from Leiden and beyond, across disciplines and regions, to join us in this open and focused conversation on 12 October at 13.30.

The conversation

The question of decolonizing academia has posed some of the most intriguing and confounding challenges to Area Studies in recent decades. Individual scholars, institutions, trans-regional collaborative networks, and funding agencies are all making a conscious effort to re-think Area Studies and propose future iterations. There is a need to come together and take stock of some of the work being done and to share experiences in the spirit of academic collegiality.

On the occasion of its anniversary – i.e. 30 years of academic facilitation in Asian Studies – the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) is pleased to invite its wider community to join us in an open conversation on Decolonizing Area Studies. Shifting academic perspectives and practices has been at the heart of IIAS’s efforts to reconfigure global academic collaboration on Asian Studies.

This event furthers our ambition to envision an increasingly interdependent and multi-centered world, beyond the center-and-periphery model.

A number of close international partners will be visiting Leiden, and we wish to take this in-person opportunity to concretely discuss the “how” and “what” of decolonizing Area Studies by focusing on the following five areas of action at the institutional level: (1) Supporting Research(2) Educational Innovation(3) Global Dissemination(4) Sustaining Collaborative Networks and Platforms(5) Building Institutions and Capacities.

The object of this Decolonizing Area Studies roundtable will be to consider new perspectives and ideas for future initiatives in order to push the boundaries of collaborative Area Studies in general, by taking concrete examples from both within and beyond IIAS. The discussion will be the first of a new series, which will serve as a strategic sounding board for IIAS and its partners in their self-conscious efforts to forge and sustain South-South-North (rather than region- or area-specific) frameworks of academic collaboration.


13.30 – 13.45     Words of Welcome
13.45 – 15.15      Roundtable part 1
15.15 – 15.45      Break
15.45 – 17.15      Roundtable part 2
17.15 – 18.30      Reception


Please register here on the IIAS website if you are interested in attending this event. 

Celebrating 30 years of IIAS

On 13 October we celebrate our 30th anniversary. Join us for a festive day of cultural performances, interactive workshops, engaged discussions, and delicious foods! More details here.

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