Who doesn’t know the feeling? Studying elements of Asia differs vastly depending on your positionality: whether you are at IIAS, in Asia proper or elsewhere, whether you are working on the present, the future or the past, whether you hired in anthropology, history, literature, philosophy, religious studies, gender studies or one of their myriad sister disciplines.
This roundtable uses the trope of “Asia Inside Out” to draw together disparate first-hand experiences of intellectual disparities. The aim is to engage with the vast differences of individual and institutional positionality (methodological, geographical, linguistic etc.) in order identify interdisciplinary overlaps and contradictions, tensions and synergies across the treasure trove that is the collective experience of IIAS Alumni.
The roundtable does not assume that an IIAS fellowship necessarily represents a turning point in global Asian studies, but it is open to all possibilities. It provides the first venue – but not the last! – for a free, unfettered and mutually inspiring exchange of thoughts. Participants’ comments will be followed by an elaborate open discussion on possible future directions of studying Asia and knitting closer ties among the IIAS Alumni community and beyond.