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York Asia Research Network (YARN)

The York Asia Research Network (YARN) is an interdisciplinary group for people across the University whose research interests relate to Asia. 

We have built a multifaceted research infrastructure for Asia related research at York: facilitating the creation of new interdisciplinary partnerships; and strengthening existing international collaborations.

YARN is supported and funded by the Research Centre for Social Sciences (ReCSS). We are located in the ReCSS building on the Science Park.

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York Asia Research Network
+44(0)1904 323756
Research Centre for Social Sciences, 6 Innovation Close University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5ZF

The York Asia Research Network (YARN) continues a long established history of Asian research at York. YARN's members are drawn from across the University's faculties. We work across disciplines and across nations (developed and developing) and we all share a focus on Asia.

- Professor Karen Mumford, Director of YARN and Associate Provost International (Asia and Oceania)

Research regions and members

Events and network news

YARN Women in Asia Series

Some past YARN events on Women in Asia

April 2018, As part or our YARN Women in Asia series, Kailing Xie organised a wonderful one-day YARN workshop and talks on Chinese Feminism with additional sponsorship from the the Department of History, Centre for Women’s Studies (CWS), the Centre for Applied Human Rights, and the British Postgraduate Network for Chinese Studies (BPCS).The workshop was a great success, more than 60 attendees joined in throughout the day, from York and beyond. June 20 2018, Oleg Benesch Chaired a group of papers on Women in China, past and present. Ding Yiyun: "The Origins and Contradictions of Chinese Feminism in the 1900s to 1920s: A Case Study of China's First Female University President Yang Yinyu." Jon Howlett: "Looking past the 'best man in Shanghai': women and the social history of the decolonisation of China after 1949." and Sanna Eriksson: "Picturing women in Chinese nationalism."

Marriage, Elopement and Mourning Rituals Political Reconstruction, Ethnicity and Violence in Afghanistan

15th October 2018, 1pm - 2pm, CA/102 The Department of Health Sciences is delighted to welcome Dr Naysan Adlparvar from Yale University on who will be visiting Dr Janaka Jayawickrama. Dr Adlparvar has also agreed to share his research around social relations in conflict-affected and transitional contexts. This includes not only research on ethnicity, religious affiliation and gender, but also examination of processes of social cohesion and peace building. This presentation, based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork and adopting a progressive methodological framing of ethnicity, responds to these questions raised following the fall of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan and a new process of political reconstruction. All are welcome to attend.

YARN Seminar Series (for more seminars see the news events pages)

This interdisciplinary series involves two hour-long events each term on any aspect of research concerning Asia, as befits YARN’s work The format involves a short talk by the speaker with significant scope for informal discussion as part of the Q&A. The series is open to all members of the university to attend. However, we are especially dedicated to fostering participation from YARN's research student and early career members as part of building their capacity as academics. If you would like to present your work please email the seminar organiser Sarah Olive ( Our first seminar is by Jonathan Saha (Leeds) On colonial Burma on 31 October at 1pm. (more details coming soon). Second seminar is on 29 November 2018, 1-2pm - Saeko Machi (JWU) Discourse analysis of Japanese speakers. Pop it in your diary!

India Interest Group at York

Many colleagues are developing links and collaborations in India as part of the University's India Engagement Plan. The Global Partnerships team would like to invite all academics who have collaborations in India, or are in discussion with Indian institutions about research links, to join our new India Interest Group and help shape York's engagement in India. To join the Group, please email You can find out more here

Network Events

YARN Network Meeting - save the date - probably Wednesday June 5th 2019

We held our last annual YARN Network Event on Wednesday June 20th 2018 in the Research Centre for Social Sciences, YH/001B. You can see the program here Our previous ECR and PhD Conference was on 23rd May 2017. You can find out more about this conference here Our Inaugural YARN Network Event on 3rd May 2017. You can find out more about this event here

Funding opportunities provided by UKRI and JSPS

Early Notice. UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) are expected to invite applications to the first UKRI-JSPS joint call. Deadline for Expression of Interests/ Full applications: mid July to mid August 2019 This initiative typically provides funding for high-quality collaborative research projects between UK and Japanese researchers which contribute to advancing impacts for the benefit of both countries. In 2018, the UKRI has allocated £5 million and JSPS has allocated 300,000,000 yen (approximately £2 million) to this activity to support 10 bilateral projects in total. S Global Engagement has a number of links with Japanese universities such as Keio, Tokyo Tech, Waseda and Tohoku, as well as organisations such as the Science Innovation Network, British Council and MEXT. If you are interested in this funding opportunity and need assistance connecting with potential partners, do feel free to get in touch with Andrew Brown (

Barong - a mythological Indonesian creature.
Photograph by YARN member, Dr Colleen Morgan, Department of Archaeology.

Funding opportunities

As part of our approach to collaboration, we facilitate international research collaborations and linkages across HE and third party institutions and also support and conduct collaborative research proposals by increasing information flows across the Network’s members.

We work closely with the Research Office and the International Office at York.

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News and events

Read about recent and upcoming events as well as news items.

News & events

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Key contacts

Find details about the Academic Leads for YARN and meet the Regional Leaders.

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