Dr. Prasenjit Duara elected as Vice-President of the Association for Asian Studies of America

Dr. Prasenjit Duara

Global Asia Initiative is delighted to announce that the GAI director Dr. Prasenjit Duara has been elected vice-president of the Association for Asian Studies of America. As with many learned societies, the vice-president of the AAS will assume the role of president in the following year in 2019-2020.
The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) is a scholarly, non-political, non-profit professional association open to all persons interested in Asia and the study of Asia. With approximately 7,000 members worldwide, representing all the regions and countries of Asia and all academic disciplines, the AAS is the largest organization of its kind. GAI congratulates Dr Duara on this major honor. 
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Duke Welcomes Anderson to Speak on China's Southwest Silk Road

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On November 1st, Duke welcomed Professor James Anderson, Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro to lead a talk on China’s Southwest Silk Road.

Anderson took us on an engaging historical journey on the famed trade route with striking imagery. The talk was perfectly timed with the U.S. President embarking on a 5 nation tour of Asia, including China, on November 3rd. He took us down history lane from the end of the Han dynasty in the 3rd Century BCE through Marco Polo in the 13th century CE to the 1963 discovery of Cui Chengsi’s tomb.

Along the way, we learned about the ascent of the Cuan clan and how its influence persisted over centuries. It was fascinating to hear Anderson talk about the rich history of southwest China and its frontier people. It was interesting to learn how the depiction of history can be reexamined in a new light and how ethnographic study offers useful new approaches to handling historical documents like maps and court records.

Anderson's talk was sponsored by the John Hope Franklin Center and the Duke Global Asia Initiative

Journey of the Universe and Thomas Berry (Online courses now available in Chinese)


The Journey of the Universe courses and the Thomas Berry course are being launched today, October 2nd, in Chinese through Yale/Coursera.This is an auspicious time as October 1st is the anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.

The Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are accessible here:

The Journey of the Universe book has also been published in Chinese through Posts and Telecom Press.

Prasenjit Duara Awarded Honorary Doctorate

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Prasenjit Duara has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Oslo. The award was presented on September 1 in Oslo, Norway.

Duara, a historian, is Oscar Tang Chair of East Asian Studies at Duke, where he also directs the Duke Global Asia Initiative. His research interests include modern Chinese social and cultural history and nationalism and transnationalism. His most recent book is “The Crisis of Global Modernity: Asian Traditions and a Sustainable Future.” In awarding the degree, committee members praised Duara for demonstrating how “topics like climate change and environmental degradation can be studied in Asian historical context with regards to the global future.”

Duara previously served as a history professor at the University of Chicago and as Raffles Professor of Humanities and director of the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore.

To access the Duke Today article, please click here