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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Being a Migrant Academic in Japan

Tuesday 5 March 12:00 until 13:30
Room 106, Ashdown House
Speaker: Professor Robert W. Aspinall, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan
Part of the series: ESW Open Seminar Series

This event is hosted by the Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research (CHEER)

There exists an impression that, within the Japanese university system, Japanese employees are generally permanent whilst foreign employees are temporary. Traditionally, this is justified by the view that foreign academic staff have two primary functions: to be involved with specific, time-limited research projects, and to act as 'native speakers'.

In his seminar, Professor Aspinall will describe some of the strategies adopted by foreign academics with significant experience of the Japanese university system. He will also give details ethnographic studies conducted by non-Japanese staff who work in the Higher Education system in Japan.

This event can be joined live remotely at https://adobeconnect.sussex.ac.uk/japan.
NOTE: The above link will only be live/accessible from a few minutes before the start time of the event on the day.

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All welcome

Pre-booking not required

Light refreshments served

 

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By: Heather Stanley
Last updated: Thursday, 28 February 2019

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Upcoming Events

Being a Migrant Academic in Japan

Tuesday 5 March 12:00 until 13:30
Room 106, Ashdown House
Speaker: Professor Robert W. Aspinall, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan
Part of the series: ESW Open Seminar Series

This event is hosted by the Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research (CHEER)

There exists an impression that, within the Japanese university system, Japanese employees are generally permanent whilst foreign employees are temporary. Traditionally, this is justified by the view that foreign academic staff have two primary functions: to be involved with specific, time-limited research projects, and to act as 'native speakers'.

In his seminar, Professor Aspinall will describe some of the strategies adopted by foreign academics with significant experience of the Japanese university system. He will also give details ethnographic studies conducted by non-Japanese staff who work in the Higher Education system in Japan.

This event can be joined live remotely at https://adobeconnect.sussex.ac.uk/japan.
NOTE: The above link will only be live/accessible from a few minutes before the start time of the event on the day.

____________________________________________

All welcome

Pre-booking not required

Light refreshments served

 

Back to events list


By: Heather Stanley
Last updated: Thursday, 28 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
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University of Sussex
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