From the Director

Eugenio Menegon, Director

Eugenio Menegon, Director of BU Center for the Study of Asia

Welcome to the Boston University Center for the Study of Asia! Since our foundation in July 2008, we have worked to serve our community of scholars and students with a rich program of on-campus events, and offered to BU faculty our support for collaborative research ventures within and outside the university. BUCSA has also helped develop new curricular opportunities at Boston University and in our Study Abroad Asia programs, and has collaborated in attracting to our university new faculty in Asian Studies. Finally, we have enjoyed fruitful partnerships with other local universities, the wider Boston community, nonprofit organizations and private entities working on Asia, and Asian government agencies.

We continue to engage on these multiple fronts, with the support of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, and in collaboration with the International Center for East Asian Archeology and Cultural History, the Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations, the Center for the Study of Europe, the Pardee Center, the Center for the Humanities, other centers and institutes, and all schools and colleges at Boston University. But to focus our attention on crucial issues animating Asia today, we now choose a yearly theme, and build a chain of events around it during the academic year. In 2012-13, our theme was “YOUNG ASIA.” In 2013-14 was “ASIA AND THE CITY.” In 2014-2015 is “Asia in Love.”

Boston University nurtures an extensive community of teachers and scholars engaged in Asian topics: archeologists, literary scholars, political scientists, sociologists, anthropologists, historians, specialists of religion, economists, film scholars, musicologists, medical and social work experts (and the list continues…) BUCSA hopes to be an inviting intellectual home for all of them, so that they all may find this the place to bring together their expertise on the complex realities of Asian cultures, economies, political systems, natural and human habitats.

BUCSA is a welcoming place for our undergraduate and graduate students. Here they can experiment themselves with ideas and initiatives, with our support. The tremendous collaboration over the years between BUCSA and the undergraduate group ASIABU (Asian Studies Initiative at Boston University), organizer of our Annual Asian Studies Reception and of student-coordinated talks by BU faculty and invited guests, is just an example of what BU students interested in Asia can do. We invite more and more of them to come to us for support to their initiatives. This invitation extends to BU’s graduate students, who can receive logistical support and funding for specific initiatives, such as the East Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference organized in past years, or special library grants, and find a supportive environment to present their research in progress.

BUCSA is also the place where our campus community meets Asia and the world. We dialogue with our alumni in Asia and the USA, support the efforts of our Study Abroad and Global Programs offices in their Asia-related activities (including BU’s India Initiative), collaborate with nonprofits, foundations, private entities, individuals and governments on outreach and other initiatives. We hope to strengthen all these areas, and reach out even more to alumni in Asia.

I invite you to learn more about BUCSA and about the study of Asia at Boston University by exploring our webpage, and subscribing to our Weekly Newsletter. We hope you will take advantage of our classes and events to join our vibrant community! Keep in touch!


Eugenio Menegon