CHCI-GHI 2020-2021 Workshop Series – Session II 

The second session of the ongoing CHCI-GHI 2020-2021 workshop took place on the afternoon of 30th April, 202. The session saw an active and satisfying exchange between participants and expert scholars who acted as their discussants. For detailed information on session II, see

CHCI-GHI 2020-2021 Workshop Series – Session I 

The first session of the ongoing CHCI-GHI 2020-2021 workshop series took place on 30th April 2021. The workshop series has been initiated with the aim of bringing scholars and participants together for a fruitful exchange. For detailed information on session I, see

Agenda for CHCI-GHI 2020-2021 Webinar “Interventions from the South” 

The webinar “Interventions from the South” is spread out over the course of two days – 13-14 January 2021. For detailed agenda, see

Webinar Series “Interventions from the South” – NGO Forums and Academic Engagements

The webinar encompasses four themes: (1) Multidirectional Unequal Care and Unequal Rights (2) Precarious Conditions and the Legality/Illegality Divide of Migrant Workers; (3) Lawless Ocean: Fishermen at Sea; and (4) Transnational Care and Journalistic Activism During the Pandemic. Under the broad and diverse themes, the webinar inculcates the perspectives and experience of several NGOs across the breadth of the South-East Asian region. The NGO’s joining us under different themes can be seen here,

Registration – CHCI-GHI 2020-2021 Webinar “Interventions from the South” 

Migration  has become a critical field of study for social scientists due to the harsh realities and rising inequality migrants are subjected to. Asia, though hosting a substantial portion of the world’s migrants, provides the poorest protection and fewest policies for advancing migrants’ rights and livelihoods. This webinar aims to feature some of the most crucial queries and questions revolving around ‘migration’. It provides an interdisciplinary platform where distinguished scholars of the CHCI-GLOBAL HUMANITIES INSTITUTE 2020-2021 and Asia-based migrant rights activists and NGOs present their research and professional observations of the complexities of migrant issues in the context of the global COVID-19 pandemic. For more, see

Registration – CHCI-GHI 2020-2021 Webinar Series _Session III

Migrant workers and the Covid pandemic, repatriation is part of an ongoing 2020-2021 series: “Migration, Logistics and Unequal Citizens in Contemporary Global Context.” The main objective of the webinar will be to join with workers, researchers, activists, policymakers, civil society organizations, journalists, and GHI participants to highlight and address the urgency of ASEAN migrant worker justice in Asia under the Covid-19 crisis. For more, see

Registration – CHCI-GHI 2020-2021 Webinar Series _Session II

Continuing with the CHCI-GHI 2020-2021 Webinar Series on the issue of “MIGRATION, LOGISTICS AND UNEQUAL CITIZENS IN CONTEMPORARY GLOBAL CONTEXT” during times of the COVID-19, the topic of October’s webinar is “Pandemic, Border Politics, Xenophobia, and Auto-immunity Mechanism”. The speakers for this panel are Alain Brossat, Yuan-Horng Chu, Rafal Smoczynski and Juan Alberto Ruiz Casado. Each of them will offer us their critical point of view on current issues such as the drastic turn in biopolitics during the pandemic, the situation of the uncertainty of the internal migrant workers within China after the crisis caused by COVID-19, the “moral panic” of migrants in the UK in the post-Brexit age, or the effects of Sinophobia and the anti-China narrative on Taiwan and the Taiwanese identity construction. For more, see

SEMINAR – Refugee Advocacy and Engagement Through the Arts

The seminar on Refugee advocacy and engagement through the arts took place on 27 August 2020. The webinar is part of a series focusing on issues concerning refugees in Malaysia by looking beyond the framing of refugees as beneficiaries but exploring the agency of refugees as active participants in advocating and mobilizing for their rights and livelihood. The seminar foresaw a conversation with Mahi Ramakrishnan and Saleh Sepas, co-directors of the 2020 Refugee Festival in Malaysia, discussing the role of the arts for advocacy and engagement. The seminar was moderated by Rusaslina Idrus, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. For more, see

CHCI-GHI 2020-2021 Webinar Series Session I: Borders, Logistics, and Unequal Lives

The webinar on “Borders, Logistics and Unequal Lives,” to be held on 22 September 2020, is the first event we organize for the CHCI-GLOBAL HUMANITIES INSTITUTE 2020-2021: Migration, Logistics and Unequal Citizens in Contemporary Global Context.

 We begin with the issue of “borders, logistics, and unequal lives” in the time of COVID-19 as an introduction to the series of events we plan to initiate in the coming months.  In this webinar, Sandro Mezzadra, Ranabir Samaddar, Brett Neilson, and Joyce C.H. Liu will offer their reflections and thoughts on the research lines we need to engage concerning the precarity of migrant lives in the pandemic and the operation of logistics behind the flow of capital.  The forum provided by this webinar aims to bring together all GHI participants, speakers, and researchers from the partner institutes to exchange their experiences, views, and research outcomes with critical outlooks to aspects of border politics, logistics, and rising inequalities from a global perspective.  This webinar will also open to the public so that we can generate more discussions for future research. For more, see

ICCS – Call for Visiting Short Term Scholars 

To cope with varied forms of conflicts rising from enormous changes in Inter-Asian societies, it is imperative to establish research teams across disciplines, universities, and countries; in order to initiate reexamination of history, analytics of current issues, decolonization of knowledge, and exploration of the question of community, and finally come up with thinking strategies and solutions for the building of cross-border cooperation and co-living society in inter-Asian societies. Therefore, the International Center for Cultural Studies (ICCS) and the International Institute for Cultural Studies (IICS) hope that we could stimulate pluralistic research and innovation, and encourage cross-disciplinary exchange through the short-term cooperation of international outstanding researchers. For more, see

CHCI-GHI 2020-2021 First Online Forum/June 15th, 2020.

CHCI-GHI 2020-2021 first online forum took place on June 15th, 2020. The forum provided a platform for Principal Investigators (PIs) and Co-PIs of CHCI-GHI 2020-21 to introduce themselves and to share our revised lines of research in the context of COVID-19. For more, see

CHCI-GHI 2020-2021 Introductory Meeting

CHCI-GHI 2020-2021 will hold its first online meeting on 15th June 2020. The online forum would be a platform for Principal Investigators (PIs), Co-PIs, and participants of CHCI-GHI 2020-21 to introduce themselves and to share our revised lines of research in the context of COVID-19. For more, see

Second Pre-Institute Meeting In KL, Malaysia /December 6-8, 2019

he 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. For more, see

First Pre-Institute Meeting in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam/April 18-21, 2019

The first Pre-Institute Meeting between CHCI-Mellon Global Humanities Institute’s members was organized in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam from 18 April until 21 April. On this occasion, the conveners and affiliated members gathered together to discuss the detailed agenda and expected outcomes of the Global Humanities Institute, which is going to be held next year at National Chiao-Tung University, Taiwan. For more, see 

Call For Participants/CHCI-Mellon Global Humanities Institute (GHI)

This GHI will form a platform for interdisciplinary collaboration for people studying or working on issues related to migration, logistics, and unequal citizens in the global context.  Activities in the institute include seminars, participant presentations, workshops, group discussions, film and performance viewings, and site visits. We will create occasions for sharing knowledge and experiences among participants, migrants, activists, NGOs/CBOs, and other stakeholders. For more, see