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


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. 

Read more about the Afghanistan Forum 

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.

Read more about our work with AISS

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.

Read more about the Yiwu Project

Inter-Asian Dynamics Research Network 

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

IADRN Project Page

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.

Read more about our research on Health and Well-being

Environmental History of South Asia

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

Read more about our research on the Environment

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.

Read more about our research on Knowledge and Education

 Recent Events

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Further details.

Inaugural Sussex Afghanistan Forum

Wednesday 13 March 9:00 until 17:00
Bramber House Conference Centre
Part of the series: Asia Centre Special Events

 

The first Sussex Afghanistan Forum will take place on 13th March 2018 at the University of Sussex, hosted by the Sussex Asia Centre and the Afghanistan Institute of Strategic Studies.

It will be a day of presentations and discussion followed by a reception.

Initiated the University of Sussex Asia Centre (USAC) and the Afghanistan Institute for Strategic Studies (AISS), in 2018, Sussex Afghanistan Forum (SAF) will hold an inaugural an event to discuss the pressing issues confronting Afghanistan’s development, both domestically and internationally, and areas of mutual interest between Afghanistan and the UK. The event also represents the ambition of USAC and AISS to strengthen their research excellence and outreach. It is hoped that SAF will consolidate into a major platform at which Afghanistan’s leaders from governmental and non-governmental sectors can identify areas for research and Afghanistan’s policies in those areas, and where UK-based academics can communicate their research findings or analytical insights to relevant institutions in Afghanistan, building the prospect of future collaborations.

Aiming to promote dialogues between Afghan government strategists and scholars and Western academics, the forum will be held on March 13th 2019. There will be keynote presentations from specially invited Afghan leaders followed by panels dealing with the issues surrounding the keynotes.

The panels will focus on the following themes:

(1) Afghanistan – UK relations;

(2) Commerce, The Environment and Regional Connectivity;

(3) The Peace Process in Afghanistan and its wider international context;

(4) Research Afghanistan: Problems and Prospects

 

 

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By: James McMurray
Last updated: Wednesday, 6 February 2019

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Upcoming Events

Inaugural Sussex Afghanistan Forum

Wednesday 13 March 9:00 until 17:00
Bramber House Conference Centre
Part of the series: Asia Centre Special Events

 

The first Sussex Afghanistan Forum will take place on 13th March 2018 at the University of Sussex, hosted by the Sussex Asia Centre and the Afghanistan Institute of Strategic Studies.

It will be a day of presentations and discussion followed by a reception.

Initiated the University of Sussex Asia Centre (USAC) and the Afghanistan Institute for Strategic Studies (AISS), in 2018, Sussex Afghanistan Forum (SAF) will hold an inaugural an event to discuss the pressing issues confronting Afghanistan’s development, both domestically and internationally, and areas of mutual interest between Afghanistan and the UK. The event also represents the ambition of USAC and AISS to strengthen their research excellence and outreach. It is hoped that SAF will consolidate into a major platform at which Afghanistan’s leaders from governmental and non-governmental sectors can identify areas for research and Afghanistan’s policies in those areas, and where UK-based academics can communicate their research findings or analytical insights to relevant institutions in Afghanistan, building the prospect of future collaborations.

Aiming to promote dialogues between Afghan government strategists and scholars and Western academics, the forum will be held on March 13th 2019. There will be keynote presentations from specially invited Afghan leaders followed by panels dealing with the issues surrounding the keynotes.

The panels will focus on the following themes:

(1) Afghanistan – UK relations;

(2) Commerce, The Environment and Regional Connectivity;

(3) The Peace Process in Afghanistan and its wider international context;

(4) Research Afghanistan: Problems and Prospects

 

 

Register here.

Back to events list


By: James McMurray
Last updated: Wednesday, 6 February 2019

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Contact

Director:

Professor Magnus Marsden
T: +44 (0)1273 606755 ext2312
E: M.Marsden@sussex.ac.uk

University of Sussex Asia Centre
Room C246, Arts C,
University of Sussex
Falmer,
Brighton
BN1 9SJ,
UK