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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

28 May 2019, from 9:30am. Venue: tbc This postgraduate symposium offers a platform to debate challenging questions in a one-day event consisting of a keynote speech by a leading academic in the field, a series of panels, and a wine reception. It aims to generate stimulating new conversations on key themes from diverse methodological angles and provides an inclusive and welcoming space in which students from across disciplines and faculties can present their research. MA, PhD students and ECRs are invited to submit an abstract (200 words) and brief bio (100 words) to by 28th of April 2019. We are open to receiving standard and non-traditional presentation/paper formats. Those selected will be required to present for 20 minutes. Please don’t hesitate to contact the conference team at the above address. More information can be found here.

2019/20 Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) Research Mobility Programme (RMP) open for applications. Deadline 5pm Friday 28 June The WUN RMP provides the opportunity for postgraduate research students or staff members to bid for funding up to £2,500 to support travel to a WUN international partner university. The aim of the RMP is to support the development of international networks and long-term research links with WUN partners, exchange expertise and share access to specialist facilities. Find full details about the programme here.

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 next YARN seminar is on 29 May 2019, 4-5pm BS/008 – Dimitrios Stroikos (York) ‘Identity, Geopolitics, and India's Space Programme'.

3rd Annual White Rose South Asia Conference

3rd Annual White Rose South Asia Conference , From Zahid (Doctoral Candidate, Department of Politics) The 3rd Annual White Rose South Asia Conference will be held at the University of York on 23rd May 2019 . If you would like to register or have any other queries about the conference, please email

Network Events

YARN Network Meeting Monday July 1st 2019 call for papers

Our next YARN Network meeting is on Monday July 1st 2019 in the Research Centre for Social Sciences, YH/001B. If you would like to present a paper or poster please email your abstract to by April 30th . 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

New research strand on "Medievalism and Imperial Modernity"

Medievalism and Imperial Modernity draws on expertise across the university, including the Centre for Modern Studies, the York Asia Research Network and the Centre for Medieval Studies, and seeks to promote discussions and collaborations between modernists and medievalists across disciplines. Events are open to staff and students from across the university, as well as interested members of the public. Please see their website here or get in touch with for further information.

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.

Key contacts