Every semester, the Global Asia Initiative hosts a variety of academic and social events including conferences, workshops, and speaker series. Click on the links below for additional details.


GAI's speaker events highlights new research on the interconnectedness of Asia countries in history, environmental humanities, culture, politics, and much more. Experts from around the world present their work on a variety of important subjects and engage with audience members in intellectual exchange and dialog.

January 17, 2017: Dr. Yih-Ren Lin - Indigenous Governance and Traditional Territory: The Wind-Fallen Beech Incident and the President's Apology to Indigenous People in Taiwan

March 8, 2017: David Rose-Burton - Translocal Melancholy: Ba Jin's Anarcho-Humanism in Republican Shanghai

April 4, 2017: Marc Jeuland - Hydro-economics and the issue of large dams in Western Nepal

April 20, 2017: Ian Johnson - The Soul of China: The Return of Religion After Mao


Conferences sponsored by GAI, often in collaboration with other Duke programs and/or area universities, enable participants to delve deeply into important topics and themes that impact our present understanding and future actions.

May 22 - 24, 2017: Environmental Justice and Sustainable Citizenship


GAI hosts and cosponsors workshops with other Duke programs and/or area universities to give participants the opportunity to participate in the exchange of knowledge and discussions on subjects ranging from film to philosophy. 

January 22 - 23, 2017: Environmental Humanities for Sustainable Citizenship in Asia

May 4, 2017: Historical Identities and Sovereignty Claims: Focus on South China Sea

Past Events