ICAS 13 mobilises IIAS’s networks of partner institutions and individuals from across the world but is embedded in the social, economic and ecological realities of Surabaya. Our primary local partner is the Surabaya-based Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR), together with its newly established Airlangga Institute of Indian Ocean Crossroads (AIIOC). AIIOC and IIAS's collaborative mission is to stimulate inquiry into the rich resources offered by the city of Surabaya and the people of East Java as a way to create an experiential local-global Conference-Festival (ConFest) that celebrates diversity in collaboration within and beyond academia extending to civil society and the arts.
Established on 10 November 1954, Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) is home to 15 faculties and 2 schools, with 174 study programs which cover fields ranging from life science, health science, technological science and social science. Its vision is to become an independent, innovative, and leading university, both at national and international level, as well as the pioneer of the development in science, technology, and humanities, based on religious morality. Headquartered in Surabaya, UNAIR has six campuses spread across the East Java region, from Surabaya, Banyuwangi and Lamongan.
Airlangga Institute of Indian Ocean Crossroads or AIIOC was officially established on May 8, 2023. Its initiators include four faculties of Universitas Airlangga, namely Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Faculty of Public Health, and Faculty of Medicine. Other than these four faculties, the establishment of AIIOC is carried out in a constant collaboration with the International Institute of Asian Studies (IIAS). The spirit of multiple-scales (local, regional, global) collaboration and trans-disciplinary research programmes has always resonated during the first ideation of AIIOC in 2021 and will always become the vein of any agenda of the center.
The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) is a global research organisation and knowledge exchange platform, based in Leiden, The Netherlands. The Institute initiates and promotes interdisciplinary and trans-sectoral programmes that engage partners in - and with - Asia, in the world. The Institute seeks to promote a contextualized understanding of Asian realities and to pioneer new approaches to the studies of Asia and the ‘Asian factor’ in a changing global environment. It does so through an array of activities in the realms of research, education, publications, dissemination, network development, institutional support, and services to the community outside academia. It seeks to contribute to a culturally and socially-informed policy-relevant knowledge on/in/with Asia.
One of IIAS’s flagship initiatives is ICAS. IIAS hosts and supports the ICAS Secretariat.
The International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) is a global immersive platform enabling individuals and institutions from all over the world to come together to exchange views on a variety of issues pertaining to Asia. Its Secretariat is hosted by the IIAS.
ICAS is a global space in which Asia scholars and social and cultural actors from the whole world can directly interact. It is organised by local hosts (universities, organisations and cities) in cooperation with the ICAS Secretariat. ICAS offers the organising host a unique opportunity to profile itself in the global framework of Asian studies. ICAS also connects in a dynamic way to the host city and attracts participants from all continents to engage in interdisciplinary dialogues on Asia that transcend boundaries between academic disciplines and geographic regions. Since 1997, ICAS has brought more than 20,000 scholars, civil society representatives, practitioners and artists together at, previously, 12 conventions. Publishers, institutes and NGOs converge to display their products, services, and research outcomes in the ICAS exhibition hall.