The second Pre-Institute Meeting between CHCI-Mellon Global Humanities Institute’s members was organized in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 6th-8th December 2019.

Thirty-one participants were invited to this planning meeting. Every participant from our partner institutes and affiliations shared their research projects/interests and discussed the design of the 2020 GHI program. We invited four local scholars working on migration issues as well as six NGO groups who work on refugees, migrant workers, human rights, activist journalism, theatrical intervention, refugee education, domestic helper’s federation, and so on.

The participants for this meeting include:

  1. CHCI-GHI 2020 Partner Institutes & Affiliations: 11 international research institutes, 21 scholars
  2. Invited Migration Scholars from the local universities: 4 scholars
  • Evelyn Devadason: Professor, Department of Economics, University of Malaya, Malaysia.
  • Yvonne Khor: Researcher, GCRF South-South Migration, Inequality & Development Hub, Monash University, Malaysia.
  • Koh Sin Yee: Senior Lecturer, Global Studies School of Arts and Social Sciences, Monash University, Malaysia.
  • Aslam Abdul Jalil: PhD, Candidate / Visiting Scholar in UM, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland, Australia.

 3. Invited NGOs/Artistic Groups & Representatives: 6 NGO groups

  • Aegile Fernandez: Director, Tenaganita  ( –Protecting & promoting the rights of women, migrants & refugees since 1991.
  • Adrian Pereira: Executive Director, North-South Initiative ( – To Empower Marginalized Communities with Strategic Tools for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Bariyah: Executive Director, International Domestic Workers Federation ( – International Domestic Workers Federation.
  • Adriana Manan: Project Instructor, Unrepresented KL ( – UnPrepresented: KL.
  •  Elroi Yee: Producer, R.age journalism team ( – Investigative Journalist from Malaysia
  • Saleh Sepas: Director/Producer, Parastoo Refugee Forum Theater (– –Afghanistan Refugee Theatre Group: Theatre of the Oppressed


The key highlights from the meeting: 


Photos from the Meeting 

Day 1: 6th December 2019


Day 2: 7th December 2019


Day 3: 8th December 2019