Humanities across Borders: Asia and Africa in the World is a new four year collaborative education and research initiative of the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) principally funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York and Leiden University in The Netherlands.

We are a network of universities and their civil society partners across Asia, Africa, Europe and North America.

The programme is a collaborative space for everyday academic activism, both inside and outside the classroom. It supports experiments in pedagogical and scholarly practice through comparisons and connections between African and Asian cases.

We believe that we have much to learn from the direct engagement of artists, writers, craft practitioners, local communities, activists and ethnographers with human experiences in-the- world. HaB’s projects on memory, place, food, language, livelihood practice and art are committed to building a curricular matrix ‘from below’ and generating the first glimpses of a more reflective educational praxis.

Ours is a movement in the humanities that sets out to propose an alternative model for academic development for students, faculty and administrators.