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Testing the HaB Methodology at Yangon University

At Yangon University, Tharaphi Than has been testing out the new methodology developed under the Humanities across Borders programme with the students. They explored items of cultural significance—from tea, betel quids, cheroot to thanakha—from various perspectives. Previously, the first-year students of the new South-East Asian Languages and Cultures programme at the National Chengchi University in Taiwan also … Continue reading Testing the HaB Methodology at Yangon University

Asia Beyond Boundaries: Transdisciplinary Perspectives on Primary Sources from the Premodern World

Leiden University 27- 31 August 2018 at Museum Volkenkunde Steenstraat 1 2312 BS Leiden The 5-day international conference Asia Beyond Boundaries: Transdisciplinary Perspectives on Primary Sources from the Premodern World will unite a wide range of scholars—working in the fields of history, archaeology, religion, anthropology, art history, classics, and philology—in an effort to explore new perspectives and … Continue reading Asia Beyond Boundaries: Transdisciplinary Perspectives on Primary Sources from the Premodern World

The Cotton Spring: Revisiting the Guwahati Workshop

Rakhee Kalita Moral, the principal investigator in the project India's Northeast: Where Women Make Up Another Tribe, revisits the HaB workshop on Feminist Methodologies that took place in April this year for the IIAS newsletter.  The two-and-a-half-day workshop was “a liberating exercise”, as one women’s studies scholar and teacher remarked, filled with lively conversations with … Continue reading The Cotton Spring: Revisiting the Guwahati Workshop

Call for Papers: (Re)Thinking Fashion Globalization

Seminar co-organized by The Transboundary Fashion Seminar & the Research Collective for Decolonizing Fashion Bunka Gakuen University Tokyo 15-16 February 2019 CALL FOR PAPERS There are few histories as entangled as ‘global fashion’ in terms of crafting identities, negotiating change, developing technologies and making communities. Diverse ‘world’ fashion histories have often remained largely undocumented, outside … Continue reading Call for Papers: (Re)Thinking Fashion Globalization

Street Food Vendors’ Toolkit: Sustainable Solutions to Secure the Livelihoods of Street Food Vendors in Kolkata

Kolkata has a long history of a strong and diverse street food culture. However, despite the socio-economic importance of street food as a means of livelihood as well as an accessible and affordable source of nutrition, the business is constantly threatened by issues of hygiene, harassment from local authorities and failure to comply with regulations … Continue reading Street Food Vendors’ Toolkit: Sustainable Solutions to Secure the Livelihoods of Street Food Vendors in Kolkata

Roundtable: Resource Management and Political Power: Comparison between Africa and Asia

Institutional roundtable by the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and the Institute of Developing Economies – Japan External Trade Organization (IDE-JETRO) at Africa-Asia, A New Axis of Knowledge – Second Edition 20– 22 September, 2018 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Convenor and Chair Shinichi Takeuchi, Director, African Studies Center - Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (ASC-TUFS) … Continue reading Roundtable: Resource Management and Political Power: Comparison between Africa and Asia

Blue Depths: The Revival of Traditional West African Indigo Dyeing Techniques by Artist Aboubakar Fofana

https://www.instagram.com/p/BdR2-6GFc_J/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link Malian-born artist and designer Aboubakar Fofana has worked for decades to reinvigorate, preserve and reinterpret traditional West African textiles, materials, and natural dyeing techniques. A recent article by Keith Recker describes the process of fermented indigo dyeing Fofana has perfected at his farm in the district of Siby, Mali in conjunction with the local community, where … Continue reading Blue Depths: The Revival of Traditional West African Indigo Dyeing Techniques by Artist Aboubakar Fofana

Indigo Traditions and Itineraries: Towards a Syllabus for Humanities across Borders

A Humanities across Borders (HaB) Methodologies Workshop at Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA), Taiwan, organized in association with IIAS. October 25-27, 2018 Indigo was the ‘cross-over’ color par excellence: from the Orient to the European ruling classes, from a color-filled world of the wealthy and the churches in the West until the late … Continue reading Indigo Traditions and Itineraries: Towards a Syllabus for Humanities across Borders