South Asia in the South China Sea

Image courtesy: E.G. France and Special Collections, University of Bristol Library

Webinar Series and Research Collaborations hosted by the Network of South Asia Scholars in Hong Kong and the Centre for Inter-Asian Research, Ahmedabad University. 

Co-hosts: Department of Anthropology, Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), and the Department of History, University of Hong Kong (HKU)

Over the last few decades, scholars have explored South Asia’s longstanding and enduring connections with different parts of the world, with the Indian Ocean emerging as a particularly rich site for such studies. Placed just beyond the recognised limits of the Indian Ocean, the South China Sea and its surroundings have occupied an ambiguous space within this scholarship. Though scholars have highlighted the region’s longstanding connections with South Asia, many aspects of these linkages, especially in the modern era, have yet to receive adequate attention. Through a focus on South Asia’s connections with this maritime region, China and the broader Sinophone world in the past and the present, this series aims to transcend area studies frameworks that have tended to separate the study of these areas.  By bringing together scholars from across disciplinary backgrounds working at the intersection of South, South East and East Asian studies, this seminar series intends to function as a meeting ground for those attempting to broaden and move beyond the traditional boundaries of their respective fields.

The Network of South Asia Scholars in Hong Kong aims to build on its strategic location as a historical centre for interaction between South Asia and the Sinophone world and its continuing importance as a global Asian city.

The Centre for Inter-Asian Research, Ahmedabad University, is interested in putting forth expansive ideas about region and neighbourhood and forging intellectual as well as creative connections across Asia.

Areas of interest:

  • Comparative Colonialism
  • Trade and Economy
  • Regional political and social movements
  • Migration
  • Religious identities
  • Cultural flows
  • Urban studies
  • Digital affordances
  • Intellectual History
  • Climate and Environment
  • Medical humanities