Metacluster: Asian Connections

Jonathan RIGG
Asia Research Institute & Department of Geography


The Metacluster: Historical Sociology of Asian Connections was initiated in April 2011 and has recruited participants from other existing clusters interested in a historical sociological approach as well as a few researchers working primarily on connections between different Asian societies. Current research shows that the various parts of Asia are becoming increasingly interconnected and interdependent. These countries are beginning to derive benefits and face challenges from this emergent or re-emergent region which needs to be grasped by a new paradigm that goes beyond ‘methodological nationalism’ and develops a historical view of regional connections. The metacluster has an on-going reading group drawn from ARI and NUS faculty. Current areas of research include Asian Connections and Global History and Philosophy of Science; the nature of the contemporary Asian state; disaster governance in Asia, among others.