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Aims of the SeminarLabour studies in Asia are either general in nature with an emphasis on quantitative anlysis, or have a strong regional focus based on a case study approach. Comparison between... [Event]
IISH Staff member Eef Vermeij, co-ordinator of the Asia department, pictured various protest demonstrations in Thailand, Hongkong, Malaysia, Nepal, and the Philippines in the years 2004-2007.A... [Image gallery]
What Asian collections does the IISH have? A first answer to that question is provided by: The Asian Collections at the International Institute of Social History, edited by Emile Schwidder & Eef... [Collection guide]
Recent Collection highlights from South Asia include:Scanned proceedings of the Textile Labour Association (TLA), Ahmedabad (Gujarat, India) 1924-1929; 1933-1937 and 1990-1995. TLA is part of the... [Collection highlight]
The disastrous fires in the Kader Factory (Thailand, 1993) and Zhili Toy Factory (China, 1993), that killed more than 250 workers led to a campaign to improve health and safety rights of workers and... [Collection highlight]
IISH and the RUB-FEAS (Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Faculty of East Asian Studies) seek to promote cooperation and advancement of international research. They wish to expand the basis for scholarly... [News]
Matthias van Rossum (IISH) has been awarded a Veni grant (NWO) for his research project Between local debts and global markets: Explaining slavery in South and Southeast Asia 1600-1800. His research... [News]
'The Sugar Plantation in India and Indonesia; Industrial Production, 1770–2010', the latest book of IISH staff member and professor of 'International Comparative Social History' at Amsterdam Free... [News]
It's there, the 4th edition of our Asia Collections Guide!This 4th edition (PDF 234 p., 1.3Mb) is an update of the 2007 edition and offers a rough survey of all IISH collections with a substantial... [News]
The research project 'Plants, People & Work: the Social History of Cash Crops in Asia' received a 500,000 euro grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (N.W.O.) It fits... [News]