Upcoming Events

Postponement announcement

We regret to inform you that our first Decolonising Knowledge discussion on 19 May 2021 titled ‘ Decolonising higher education in India: Comparisons, connectivites' collaborations ’ had to be postponed due to unexpected personal problems of one of our discussants.

Original Event Date: May 19, 2022
Postponement announcement Date: may 11, 2022
New Event Date: to be communicated soon. Stay tuned!

Online Book Talk

We cordially invite you to the upcoming online Book Talk by Dr. Merav Shohet (Boston University), who will discuss her new book: Silence and Sacrifice: Family Stories of Care and the Limits of Love in Vietnam (University of California Press, April 2021). This engaging ethnographic monograph makes a powerful contribution to psychological, medical and linguistic anthropology and Vietnam studies.

When: Friday, 21 May 2021, 12.00-13.30 CET
Where: Online, the zoom-link will be sent to registered participants one day in advance
Registration: please register here.


Shaping Asia Workshop  Coastal Futures - Life between and at the edges of the sea is now scheduled as follows: 3 and 4 and 11 June.

Organisers: Arne Harms and Lukas Ley. The programme will follow in due time.

Online Forum—Decolonising Knowledge

The research group  Shaping Asia: Knowledge Production and Circulation will organise two online discussion events entitled  Decolonising Knowledge.

The first forum will take place on 19th May 2021 between 12 and 2 pm (CET) and will be held by Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka (Bielefeld University) and Dhruv Raina (Jawaharlal Nehru University).

The second forum convened by Thomas Stodulka (Freie Universität Berlin), Veronika Kusumaryati (Harvard University) and Ferdiansyah Thajib (Freie Universität Berlin) will take place on the 15th July 2021 between 9 and 11 am (CET).

Those who are interested to participate, please consult this webpage to register via Zoom.

Lecture Series

The 2021 colloqium series Understanding Asia: Bridging Margins is a joint cooperation of four working groups (WG Missbach; WG Nguyen; WG Pfaff and WG Vasilache) of the Faculty of Sociology, Bielefeld University. For information and registration, please check the colloquium's programme.

Situating Knowledge/Sites of Knowledge

End of September 2022, Kathmandu
International Workshop within the "Knowledge Production and Circulation" Network
Coordinators: Prof. Dr. Dhruv Raina and Prof. Dr. Joachim Kurtz.

Embodied and Sensorial Knowledge

18-19 February 2022, Singapore
International Workshop within the "Knowledge Production and Circulation" Network
Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Kelvin Low.

Alternative Discourses

17-18 February 2022, Singapore
International Workshop within the "Knowledge Production and Circulation" Network
Coordinator: Dr. Noorman Abdullah.

Cooperation Partners


Bielefeld University

Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies

Institut für Sinologie, Universität Heidelberg

Institut für Ethnologie, Universität Leipzig

Institute of Asian and African Studies