Sussex Asia Centre

A Message from the Director

The Covid 19 pandemic has inevitably resulted in the cancellation of all Asia Centre events for the foreseeable future. I wanted, however, to take this opportunity to thank all staff, students, guests and collaborating partners for supporting our activities over the past year and more with such dedication and enthusiasm.

Covid 19 will inevitably have long-lasting effects on the world in which we live and these will be felt in especially pressing ways in Asia. Now more than ever before there is a need for informed insight and analysis on the nature of Asian interconnectivities and Asia’s connections with the wider world – the key focus of the Sussex Asia Centre. We have seen over the past weeks and months how the concerns that lie at the heart of the research we do have relevance to the challenges facing the world today. From understanding migratory flows that connect China to the world to assessing the public health challenges of countries in Central Asia, research on Asian dynamics is of immense relevance to emergent global challenges. Against this backdrop, it is especially critical that decisions about the funding of research and the environments in which researchers share ideas are made with the long-term implications in mind and in relationship to evidence and expertise. Knee-jerk decisions will have a detrimental effect and weaken research and analysis at the time it is needed most.

The Sussex Asia Centre looks forward to playing an active role in debates about the state of research on Asia in the months to come. We anticipate resuming an active, vibrant and relevant range of events and discussions as soon as is possible.

In the meantime, I wish you and your families and friends health and security in the weeks ahead.

Professor Magnus Marsden

Director, University of Sussex Asia Centre

 Current Highlights

The Afterlives of Urban Muslim Asia: Alternative Imaginaries of Society and Polity

In the context of upheaval in Muslim Asia, studies of the region's urban centres and migrant communities can offer critical insights into identities that transcend sectarian and national identity and enable greater sensitivity in heritage preservation.

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2nd Sussex Afghanistan Forum

The Sussex Asia Centre is delighted to once again host a joint forum with AISS. The focus of this year's event will be a potential Afghanistan Peace Settlement. 

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Sussex Asia Centre - AISS Collaborations

The Asia Centre's ongoing collaboration with the Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies  continues with a series of joint events in the UK and Afghanistan.

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Trust, Global Traders and Commodities in a Chinese International City

Professor Magnus Marsden leads this multi-sited and interdisciplinary research project centred on the Chinese city of Yiwu, engaging researchers and theoretical approaches in anthropology, area studies, business studies, and history and drawing on expertise from law, commercial shipping, and international trade policy.

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Inter-Asian Dynamics Research Network 

Professor Magnus Marsden leads a new network exploring the nature of connections, comparisons and circulations across multiple Asian settings.

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Narrating Blood

Professor Maya Unnithan, director of the Centre for Cultures, Reproduction, Technologies and Health (CORTH), is building an international network for cross-cultural research and intervention into blood-related reproductive and adolescent health and care-economies in India, Bangladesh, Ghana and the UK.

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Environmental History of South Asia

Professor Vinita Damodaran uses historical records to understand climate change in the Indian Ocean World.

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Woman's Leadership in the Asian Century

Professor Louise Morley, Director of the Centre of Higher Education and Equity Research, explores women and academic leadership in Asia.

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