New Threats to Academic Freedom in Asia Book Launch

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

7:00-8:00pm Eastern Time

New Threats to Academic Freedom in Asia

Join the AAS on Wednesday, November 30 to celebrate the publication of the latest Asia Shorts title, New Threats to Academic Freedom in Asia. Edited by Dimitar D. Gueorguiev, this collection includes six essays that examine questions of academic freedom in locations from India to Japan.

New Threats to Academic Freedom in Asia examines the increasingly dire state of academic freedom in Asia. Using cross-national data and in-depth case studies, the authors shed light on the multifaceted nature of academic censorship and provide reference points to those working in restrictive academic environments.

Session Participants

KAMRAN ASDAR ALI is professor of anthropology at the University of Texas, Austin. Ali has served as the President of the American Institute of Pakistan Studies (2011–2017) and is currently the President of the Association for Asian Studies (2022–2023). He is the author of Planning the Family in Egypt: New Bodies, New Selves (UT Press, 2002) and the co-editor of Gendering Urban Space in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa (Palgrave, 2008), Comparing Cities: Middle East and South Asia (Oxford, 2009) and Gender, Politics, and Performance in South Asia (Oxford 2015). His most recent book is Communism in Pakistan: Politics and Class Activism 1947–1972 (I.B Tauris, 2015). He is also the co-editor of a forthcoming volume, Towards a Peoples’ Histories of Pakistan: (In)audible Voices, Forgotten Pasts (Bloomsbury Press).

CHONG JA IAN is Associate Professor of political science at the National University of Singapore. Chong is the author of External Intervention and the Politics of State Formation: China, Indonesia, Thailand, 1893–1952 (Cambridge, 2012), a recipient of the 2013 International Security Studies Section Book Award from the International Studies Association. He has published in journals such as International Security, The European Journal of International Relations, Security Studies, Asian Affairs, the China Quarterly, and others.

CHERIAN GEORGE is Professor of Media Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University, where he also serves as associate dean for research. His latest book, Red Lines: Political Cartoons and the Struggle against Censorship (MIT Press, 2021), was named by the Association of American Publishers as one of the year’s top three scholarly books in Media and Cultural Studies.

DIMITAR GUEORGUIEV is Associate Professor of Political Science in the Maxwell School of Citizenship Public Affairs and Chinese Studies Director at Syracuse University. Gueorguiev specializes in Chinese politics. Gueorguiev’s newest book, Retrofitting Leninism (Oxford, 2021), explores the limits and opportunities of non-democratic participation and digital control in China. Gueorguiev is also co-author of China’s Governance Puzzle (Cambridge, 2017).

STEFANI NUGROHO is lecturer of psychology at Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia. Nugroho’s research covers discursive constructions of the nation, including instances where alternative discourses are silenced, erased, or repressed by the dominant power holders, especially in the context of Indonesia. Nugroho’s book, The Divergent Nation of Indonesia, Heterogeneous Imaginings in Jakarta, Kupang, and Banda Aceh, was published by Springer Singapore as part of the Asia-in-Transition book series.