The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) is a research and exchange platform based in Leiden, the Netherlands. It encourages the multidisciplinary and comparative study of Asia, and actively promotes (inter)national co-operation. IIAS acts as an international mediator, bringing together academic and non-academic partners including cultural, social and policy organisations.
IIAS is located at Leiden University. The Institute was jointly established in 1993 by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), Leiden University, the Universiteit van Amsterdam (UVA) and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). The branch office in Amsterdam was closed down per 31 December 2011.
The permanent staff is responsible for the coordination, organisation and administration of the activities of IIAS. The Director answers to a Board, made up of academics in the field of Asian studies. IIAS hosts many postdoctoral researchers (fellows) in Asian Studies, who are selected by an academic committee on the basis of merit, quality, and available resources.
The study of Asia
IIAS objective is to encourage the multi-disciplinary and comparative study of Asia. Its research focus is on urbanisation, heritage and globalisation. In addition IIAS remains open to new ideas for other important research topics.
IIAS hosts many postdoctoral researchers (fellows) in Asian Studies, who are selected by an academic committee on the basis of merit, quality, and available resources. Most fellows hold a PhD in some branch of learning from the social sciences or humanities. Fellows are supported financially by either IIAS, partner universities, (inter)national funding agencies, or are self-funded. In addition IIAS facilitates the work of various professors as part of agreements with Dutch universities, foreign ministries and funding organisations.
Clearinghouse of knowledge and information
In keeping with the Dutch tradition of transferring goods and ideas, IIAS works as a clearinghouse of knowledge and information. In this way, IIAS functions as a window on Europe for non-European scholars and contributes to the cultural rapprochement between Asia and Europe.
This entails activities, such as:
At a broader level, IIAS strives to link up with other groups in society, including business people, civil society organisations, policy makers, and the media with the purpose of making expertise on Asia available to non-academic organizations.
The IIAS logo
The IIAS logo is a chandrasa, or bronze axe-head, found in East Java. It was probably produced during the Early Bronze Age (c. 500 BC) in North Vietnam (Dong Son). The flying bird holds another chandrasa in its claws. The function of the object is unclear.
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