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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, Kailing Xie organised YARN one day workshop on "Chinese Feminism". June 20 2018, Oleg Benesch Chaired 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." 21st November 2018, Claire Smith Chaired Centenary Roundtable: Women’s right to stand for office: 100 years on.

The politics of violence, glue-sniffing, and liberation: making 1968 in Japan

28th November, 17:30. V/N/123 William Marotti (UCLA). 'The politics of violence, glue-sniffing, and liberation: making 1968 in Japan.' Brought to you by YARN and CMoDs, for more information email

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 November 2018, 1-2pm in SLB/004 - Saeko Machi (JWU) ‘How to participate in Japanese conversations: What you can learn from discourse analysis’.

Recent funding call (for more research calls see our funding pages)

UK-China-belt-and-road-initiative countries partnership fund British Council , GB This supports multilayer higher education links between the UK, China and belt and road initiative countries, including association of Southeast Asian nation countries. The total budget is £430,000 for projects of between £60,000 and £80,000 and up to five years duration. Maximum award: £80,000 Closing date: 30 Dec 18 , please email in Global Engagement for help and advice. 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

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