Upcoming Events

We have finalised the schedule for our inaugural workshop.

Please see below an outline of the day, explaining what will be happening in our sessions, and some action points that our participants will be addressing on the day.

Researching Southeast and East Asia Workshop Schedule

1030-1045: Arrival. Tea and Coffee

1045-1230: Session One: Bridging the Gaps: Disciplinary Challenges to Researching Southeast and East Asia.

The first session explores the challenges that face scholars of East and Southeast Asia, bridging the gap between the subfields of Politics, International Relations and Area Studies, and will provide the opportunity to foster an interdisciplinary approach to our studies, and ideally an internationalised one.

Action: We would invite all delegates to think about their thoughts on how disciplinary divisions have affected their capacity to study your region? What does your (sub)discipline offer? What is it lacking? How can we make our work truly inter/trans-disciplinary? What institutional mechanisms should we develop to make this happen? (Whether our Specialist Group, or other)

1230-1330: Lunch Provided

1330-1530: Session Two: Exploring the Opportunities: Sharing the Experience of Researching Southeast and East Asia.

The second session recognizes that while it is imperative that academics think creatively about how to fund, conduct, and disseminate their research, and while collaboration outside of academia can be a significant and fruitful endeavour, these dimensions of scholarship may be intimidating to the uninitiated. This session will therefore bring together a mix of scholars and practitioners, enabling them to share ideas and best-practices, providing a forum for scholars at all stages to learn from each other the “tips of the trade” of tackling the multitude of challenges that researchers face.

Action: We will have presentations from representatives of Foreign Affairs Committee, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Overseas Development Institute, and The Foreign Policy Centre, outlining how they work researching the region, and how they see the relationship between academia and practice in developing policy driven/impactful research. We invite all delegates to think about their experiences in working with non-academic researchers, and how they think about embedding impact within their research activities. Or, perhaps, what challenges have you faced in engaging with the impact agenda.

1600-1700: PSA Politics and Policy in Southeast and East Asia Specialist Group Annual Meeting.

(Full Agenda to Follow)

Action: Please email Leanne-Marie McCarthy-Cotter (l.cotter@sheffield.ac.uk) if there are specific items you would like to add to the agenda.

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We have finalised a one-day workshop for the purpose of discussing current best practices, challenges, and issues in researching politics and policy in Southeast and East Asia. It is arrranged in collaboration between Nottingham Trent University’s Insecurity, Political Violence, and Change research cluster, and the PSA Specialist Group Politics and Policy in Southeast and East Asia.

These sessions set out to explore and attempt to foster solutions to two core challenges that researchers in East and Southeast Asia face: interdisciplinary disconnect, and the need for more effective impact beyond academia.

The first session explores the challenges that face scholars of East and Southeast Asia, bridging the gap between the subfields of Politics, International Relations and Area Studies, and will provide the opportunity to foster an interdisciplinary approach to our studies, and ideally an internationalised one.

The second session recognizes that while it is imperative that academics think creatively about how to fund, conduct, and disseminate their research, and while collaboration outside of academia can be a significant and fruitful endeavour, these dimensions of scholarship may be intimidating to the uninitiated. This session will therefore bring together a mix of scholars and practitioners, enabling them to share ideas and best-practices, providing a forum for scholars at all stages to learn from each other the “tips of the trade” of tackling the multitude of challenges that researchers face.

The day will end with the Politics and Policy in Southeast and East Asia Specialist Group Annual Meeting where we will prepare for the coming year.

The workshops will foster a network of participants working in similar areas (and possibly many in the same countries). It will work towards creating a support network of peers who not only face similar issues in field research, but may also encounter each other in the field. It will create opportunities to explore collaborative projects across members, and across disciplinary boundaries. The workshop will be especially useful for the growing proportion of Asia-focused scholars not at universities with strong Asia-studies centres, who are thus less likely to interact regularly with similarly Asia-oriented scholars, as well as those seeking to move from other areas of study to research on Asia.

To book your place please follow the link here.