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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), Humanities Research Centre (HRC), Global York, as well as academic departments across the University of York.

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York Asia Research Network
York Asia Research Network, Department of History, University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD

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, Founding Director of YARN 

Research regions and members

The Borthwick Institute has recently done some work to add to their online catalogue,, listing various papers they hold of the earls of Halifax that relate to the colonial governance of, and the British experience in, India and Burma. Charles Fonge at the Borthwick would be very pleased to hear from anyone interested in exploring opportunities for the archives to support research, teaching, visits or events.

2019/20 Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) Research Development Fund provides opportunites to visit partner universities globally Find full details about the programme here. Or contact Sabrina Zissler You can find links to many other funding opportunities on our research page as well.

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

This interdisciplinary series involves an hour-long event each term on any aspect of research concerning Asia, as befits YARN’s work. The format involves short talks by two to three speakers 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 (

Special Postgraduate students and ECR session. "Provocations". Congratulations to Arunima!

We held a special session for postgraduate students and ECRs at our annual YARN Network Conference (see the box on this conference lower down on this page). Provocations. Chaired by Sarah Olive, Postgraduate students and early career researchers gave 5 minute mini-presentations intended to stimulate debate. Then took questions from the audience. At the end of the session a ballot was taken on the favorite provocation and the prize awarded to the winner Arunima Theraja.

Network Events

YARN Network Conferences

Our last YARN Network Conference was on Monday July 1st 2019 in the Research Centre for Social Sciences, YH/001B. All were welcome and the event was free.

We held our previous 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 inaugural ECR and PhD Conference was on 23rd May 2017. You can find out more about this conference here And our inaugural YARN Whole Network Event was 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