Humanities Across Borders

Humanities across Borders: Asia and Africa in the World is a new education and research initiative of the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) principally funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York and IIAS, with the support of Leiden University in The Netherlands.

We are a network of universities and their civil society partners across Asia, Africa, Europe and North America.

The program is a collaborative space for everyday academic activism, both inside and outside the classroom. It supports experiments in pedagogical and scholarly practice through comparisons and connections along the Asia-Africa axis of knowledge.

We believe that there is much to learn from the direct engagement of artists, writers, craft practitioners, ethnographers, community activists and civil society actors with human experiences in the world. Our projects on memory, place, food, language, livelihood practice and art are committed to building a curricular matrix in-situ and generating the first glimpses of a reflective educational praxis.

Ours is a movement in the humanities that sets out to propose an alternative model for academic development for students, faculty and administrators.

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