Maritime Asia Heritage Survey (MAHS)
The Maritime Asia Heritage Survey (MAHS) works to digitally document historical and archaeological sites across the coastal and island world of Southern Asia through field survey work in the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and Vietnam.
The seasonal monsoon cycles of this region have for centuries facilitated the circulation of people, materials and ideas across this vast seascape and created a complex mosaic of diverse local cultures. Today, many of the important sites, monuments and objects associated with the rich history of the region are increasingly under threat: exposed to environmental stress from cyclones, tsunami, coastal erosion, land subsidence and rising sea-levels; rapid and unplanned development and construction; and in some instances deliberate acts of vandalism.
To document this endangered heritage, the MAHS field teams uses digital technologies including GIS, RTK mapping, aerial and terrestrial LiDAR, digital photography, 3D modelling, video, CAD and IIIF standard manuscript digitizations to produce robust records in on online archive for the benefit of historians, local communities, governments, and heritage management professionals. The Maritime Asia Heritage Survey is led by R. Michael Feener at CSEAS. The project is funded by a grant from Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing & Peter Baldwin.
Japan-ASEAN Science, Technology and Innovation Platform (JASTIP)
The Japan-ASEAN Science, Technology and Innovation Platform (JASTIP): Promotion of Sustainable Development Research within the framework of the Collaboration Hubs for International Research Program (CHIRP) 2015 is funded by the Strategic International Collaborative Research Program (SICORP) of Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). Started in 2015 (2015-25), it aims to promote Japan-ASEAN collaboration on science and technology research and accelerate the application of its outcomes to social innovation in order to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In order to strengthen cooperative research and foster links between ASEAN nations and Japan, it has established joint laboratories focusing on three fields; energy and environment, bio-resources and biodiversity, and disaster prevention.
JASTIP is accelerating the promotion of research based on Japanese-ASEAN cooperation, and encourages discussions toward building a collaborative system with ASEAN countries in the areas of science, technology, and research education to move beyond institutions and the confines of particular projects. It also aims to promote the implementation of research results that have a social impact.
Visual Documentary Project
Southeast Asia is rich in its diversity of ethnic, religious and cultural composition. The region has maintained coexistence through its diversity while at the same time achieving economic progress and becoming a hub for the flow of people, goods, money and information. To respond to the changes taking place across the region, the Visual Documentary Project (VDP) was started in 2012 to provide a platform to deepen exchanges on Southeast Asia through documentary filmmaking. It aims to supplement academic research on Southeast Asia and create bridges between filmmakers and researchers working in the region. Each year VDP holds a call for documentaries from the region on different themes and promotes exchanges between directors, researchers and an interested public. So far the project has received over 1,200 submissions and each year’s selection are subtitled and archived for viewing and research.
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Last Updated: 19 February, 2024
Japan-ASEAN Platform for Transdisciplinary Studies: FY2016-2021
The project was carried out between 2016 and 2021 to address urgent political, economic, social, and environmental issues of the 21st century by generating a transdisciplinary community and program of research across Japan, ASEAN countries, and the rest of the world. It sought to bring together individuals from a wide range of disciplines and fields to conduct research on a diverse spectrum of environmental and social topics.
International Program of Collaborative Research (IPCR): FY2010-2021
Having been qualified as one of the Joint Use/ Research Centers by the MEXT from 2010 to 2021, the IPCR Center promoted Southeast Asian studies with an emphasis on the integration between the humanities and natural sciences and collaboration with local peoples and societies by providing support for various collaborative research endeavors and sharing facilities and equipment such as the CSEAS library and its Map Room.
Center for Information Resources of Area Studies (CIRAS): FY2010-2021
Between 2010 and 2021, the Center for Information Resources of Area Studies (CIRAS) served two primary functions as a Joint Use/Research Center: “Integration and Sharing of Information Resources for Area Studies” and “Promotion of Cross-regional Area Studies.” CIRAS promoted comparative studies among more than one area of the world in order to analyze research topics relating to politics, economy, society, and the different environments of the contemporary world, while aiming to apply state-of-art information technology to integrate and analyze data produced in area studies research.
Southeast Asian Studies for Sustainable Humanosphere: FY2011-2017
Between 2011-17, the large-scale research program “Promoting the Study of Sustainable Humanoshpere in Southeast Asia” was carried out. The main aims of the program were to provide support for the construction of an Southeast Asian academic community and this culminated in the creation of the consortium for Southeast Asian Studies in Asia (SEASIA).
Over 5 years this program also promoted research on plural co-existence focusing on social capital, the strengthening of social infrastructures, and supranational regional restructuring as well as innovative research on tropical biomass society taking the global capitalization of tropical biomass as our key concept and examining glocal linkages between tropical biomass society and global interests.
This program, along with the Asian Core Program made possible various efforts to further strengthen networks in and beyond the region. This included a post-doctoral program which employed 7 PD fellows who were active in helping develop ties between disciplines within Southeast Asian Studies. This program eventually led to the publication of 10 proceedings, 219 international workshops/academic and outreach activities, and the Visual Documentary Project (VDP).
This is an overview of the New Large-Scale Research Program “Promoting the Study of Sustainable Humanoshpere in Southeast Asia” that has been initiated as of 2011. In this program, we aim to strengthen the sustainable humanosphere as a leading principle supporting the construction of an East Asian academic community. In order to overcome the political and economical imbalances inherent in globalization and worldwide environmental problems, we will develop research that actively makes use of “local knowledge” that has accumulated in response to Southeast Asia’s specific characteristics.
Strategic Young Researcher Overseas Visit Program for Accelerating Brain Circulation: FY2014-2016
The Strategic Young Researcher Overseas Visit Program for Accelerating Brain Circulation (hereafter the Brain Circulation Program) was a competitive program for research funding which JSPS established based on the concept of “Funding Program for World-leading Innovative R&D on Science and Technology Research.” It supported dispatching overseas young researchers who were engaged in international collaborative research and promoted Japan’s science initiatives through accelerating international brain circulation. The program focused on expanding the opportunities for young researchers to be involved in world-class research and tackle various crucial issues faced by the world, as well as strengthen research networks with overseas research institutions, other universities and individuals.
Asian Core Program: FY2009-2013
“Asian Connections: Southeast Asian Connection for the 21st Century” has been running under the JSPS Asian Core Program (FY2009-13). Over the centuries, Southeast Asia as a region, has adopted Hindu, Chinese, Islamic and Euro-American civilizations into its history, which has led to the formation of a pluralistic world where multiple ethnic groups and cultures co-exist. Under the present world order of globalization and neo-liberal economy, Southeast Asia has, on the whole, overcome the Cold War and internal conflicts, demonstrating economic and social developments. At the same time, many problems and issues have emerged which transcend national boundaries. In order to cope with these, there has been a move toward regional cooperation and flexible response towards co-existence. Where state-level institutional arrangements may not be fully functional, there is a multi-layered and dynamic social foundation that adapts to these changes. In this program, we look at the grounded responses that can be found in the region towards various problems and issues such as in the post-economic crisis reconstruction, super-regional governance of resources and environment, emergence of local powers, social and cultural reconstruction in the face of mobility and flow. By focusing on the concrete level, we hope to provide an alternative view of the region: rather than one of peripheral region that becomes incorporated in the globalization of the central and powerful regions, we look at Southeast Asia’s own model of development in re-constituting the region and beyond.
G-COE Program: In search of Sustainable Humanosphere in Asia and Africa: FY2007-2011
Between 2007-11, CSEAS received MEXT funding to initiate a five year project for a Global COE program titled “In search of Sustainable Humanosphere in Asia and Africa” (740 million yen over 5 years). This program aimed at an integrated multidisciplinary approach toward the humanosphere. This was led by Professor Sugihara Kaoru and was a collaboration between eight different institutions within Kyoto University: ASAFAS, the Research Institute for Sustainable Humanopshere (RISH), the Center for Integrated Area Studies (CIAS, now merged with CSEAS), the Institute of Sustainability Science (ISS), the Graduate School of Agriculture, the Institute for Research in Humanities, and the Graduate School of Engineering. The core institutions worked together to ask research questions in relation to Southeast Asia and other tropical regions.
At the heart of this program was a shift in research emphasis from Southeast Asian Studies for understanding Southeast Asia as a region and object of study to tackling questions emerging from the region that spoke toward global issues. This project eventually led to the publication of six edited volumes, 68 international symposia 273 domestic workshops and 127 working papers.