The Asia Research Institute (ARI) and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) of the National University of Singapore, together with the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), welcomes you to the inaugural AAS-in-Asia Conference on ‘Asia in Motion: Heritage and Transformation’, from the 17th to the 19th of July 2014 in Singapore. We are most gratified that the theme has attracted numerous panels and roundtable proposals from humanists and social scientists, as well as people from the worlds of law, policy, civil society and other professional fields.

This event inaugurates a series of other such meetings to be held with regular frequency in different parts of Asia. The idea behind holding a smaller version of AAS-in-Asia nourishes the hope that panels will be formed with a mix of scholars and reflective practitioners from Asia, the USA and other parts of the world.

By bringing together Asian specialists from abroad with scholars and practitioners in Asia whose routine expertise is not foregrounded as ‘Asian’, we hope to spark off new and fruitful areas of collaboration. Through the creation of this forum of global exchange, AAS-in-Asia Singapore seeks to launch a new era in the study of Asian societies.

We believe that Singapore is the ideal place to launch this enterprise. Singapore not only celebrates its status as the crossroads of Asia, it is also a global hub linking many different parts of the world to Asia. We hope you will encounter this astonishing diversity at every turn in this cosmopolitan city. We welcome you to enjoy it at all levels, from the intellectual to the technological to the culinary.


Prof Prasenjit Duara
Chair of the Organizing Committee
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore