ICAS 3 was jointly hosted by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Asia Research Institute of the National University of Singapore in 2003 (19-22 August). Over 1,000 scholars from 54 countries participated and some 940 papers were presented in 250 sessions, on a wide variety of topics. ICAS 3 also provided a platform for scholars to explore ways of coordinating Asia research in Asia.
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, jointly hosted ICAS 3. Its Organizing Committee has deliberately refrained from imposing a particular theme or topic on the conference, in the belief that Asia research would benefit from crossing disciplinary boundaries and that all aspects of the study of Asia are worthy of serious attention.
Fittingly, the keynote address, delivered by Professor Prasenjit Duara, University of Chicago, is entitled “Crossing Boundaries: A Personal Journey in Asia Research”. The organization of the conference was interrupted by the outbreak of SARS; but thankfully, it proceeded as planned. Over 1,000 scholars from 54 countries participated in ICAS 3, including scholars from Cambodia, Cyprus, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Nepal, Syria, Turkey, Ukraine. Some 940 papers were presented in 250 sessions, on topics ranging from science and technology, archaeology and history, economics and politics, literature and film, philosophy and religion, and a host of multidisciplinary areas such as migration and social networks, gender and sexuality, family and aging, and popular culture and urban development. Perhaps one common thread drew all the participants together—namely, their passion for Asia research. ICAS 3 also provided a forum for scholars to explore ways of coordinating Asia research in Asia.During a meeting of representatives of the partcipating organizations it was decided that ICAS 4 should be held in China in 2005. The location of the conference and its organizers will be announced at the beginning of 2004.
About ICAS 3
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The International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) is one of the largest regular gatherings of scholars whose research centres on Asia and/or Asians, especially in the humanities and social sciences. Asian studies at the start of the new millennium is increasingly cross-disciplinary and inter-regional in character, a positive development which ICAS both demonstrates and seeks to further. Convened in Leiden, the Netherlands in 1998, and Berlin, Germany in 2001, the next conference (ICAS3) will take place in Singapore in August 2003, jointly hosted and organised by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Asia Research Institute of the National University of Singapore.