Global Asia Initiative

Tokyo highway at night

The Global Asia Initiative launched in 2015 to support research on trans-Asia topics that are collaborative and interdisciplinary in nature.

The initiative explores the connections between Asian nations, cultures and ecosystems, particularly these nations' shared challenges related to politics, security, and environmental pollution and climate change.

By working closely with the Social Science Research Council’s Inter-Asia Program and drawing on the resources of Duke and the Triangle area, the Global Asia Initiative hopes to become an important hub for the study of these issues and the discussion of other trans-Asia themes.








Global Asia Initiative Advisory Committee

  • Dr. Prasenjit DuaraOscar Tang Professor of East Asian Studies, History Department, Duke University
  • Dr. Erika Weinthal, Lee Hill Snowdon Professor of Environmental Policy, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University
  • Dr. Ralph Litzinger, Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University
  • Dr. Carlos Rojas, Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University
  • Dr. Elizabeth Lossos, Senior Fellow, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University

Global Asia Initiative Affiliates

Environmental Humanities

At Duke University’s Global Asia Initiative, a hub for the SSRC’s Inter-Asia program in Environmental Humanities, we seek to develop Environmental Humanities in Asia as a way of raising consciousness and provoke new ways of thinking about the human-nature relationship in Asian societies and its impact and connections with the rest of the world. Details

Recent Publications and Presentations

Global Asia Initiative's director, research associate, affiliates and advisory committee members publish regularly and frequently contribute at conferences, seminars, workshops, key note speeches etc. Explore the depth and breadth of Global Asia Initiative's publications and presentations

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Recent Events

Scalar Effects: The Management of Water Power in Post-war East Asia
December 4, 2017 - 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Mongols, Marco Polo, and Pu'er Tea: China's Southwest Silk Road as a Gateway to Southeast Asia
November 1, 2017 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Three Faces of Contemporary India:  Local, National and Global
October 12, 2017 - 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

China Rising? India Shining? – The Art of Comparison 
An interdisciplinary arts and media conference (GAI Co-sponsored event)
September 29-30, 2017

Politics in Taiwan After the Sunflower Movement
September 21, 2017 - 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Democracy in Hong Kong: Screening and Panel Discussion of "Raise the Umbrellas"
September 20, 2017 - 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Global Asia Initiative's Past Events

Every semester, the Global Asia Initiative hosts a variety of academic and social events including conferences, workshops, and speaker series. List of Past Events



Global Asia Initiative
John Hope Franklin Center
2204 Erwin Road, Box 90404
Durham, NC 27708
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