Building on the imperative to promote region-based Southeast Asian studies, nine leading Asian and Southeast Asian Studies institutions in Southeast and Northeast Asia established a Consortium for Southeast Asian Studies in Asia (SEASIA, pronounced “see-Asia”) on 11 October 2013.

This consortium aims to foster exchanges and deepen collaboration among scholars and students of Southeast Asia based in the region and beyond. Its objectives are as follows.

Firstly, SEASIA will promote Southeast Asian studies by linking the leading area studies institutions in the region in a cooperative venture to provide a multilateral forum for organizing academic meetings, seminars, workshops, and symposia. One of its key highlights will be a biennial conference, the first of which is expected to take place in Kyoto in 2015.

Secondly, it aims to connect institutions specializing in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities whose scholars have an interest in, and who work on or in Southeast Asia, but do not necessarily consider themselves area studies specialists.

Thirdly, SEASIA will promote joint research and networking that will help develop not only area-based and multi-disciplinary, but also comparative, trans-disciplinary, global, and historical approaches that consider Southeast Asia in relation to other regions and to the world.

Fourthly, SEASIA will provide a platform for information- and resource-sharing in the form of inter-library cooperation, joint publication, and other endeavors.

Finally, SEASIA will foster and provision opportunities for the education and training of young and up-and-coming scholars from the region and beyond.

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