The UCLA Asia Institute is the UCLA campus member center of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI).


Established in 1988, CHCI serves as an arena for the discussion of issues germane to cross-disciplinary activity in the humanities, and as a network for the circulation of information and best practices related to the organizational and management dimensions of humanities centers and institutes. Member centers may participate in thematic collaborative research initiatives, workshops and seminars, and programs that support postdoctoral studies and curriculum development. CHCI currently has a membership of over 170 organizations and affiliates in 23 countries and 46 US states. Through our affiliation, UCLA humanities faculty and centers have access to CHCI’s international institutional networks and programs. The Consortium has made efforts to engage humanities scholars and institutions in Asia and more recently begun efforts with people and groups in Africa and Latin America.

In conjunction with the UCLA Division of Humanities, the Asia Institute endeavors to raise awareness of the organization’s activities and serves as the gateway center for faculty and student participation in CHCI programs and opportunities:

Annual Meeting
The 2016 annual meeting will be held at the School of Advanced Study, University of London June 28 through July 1. The theme isArea Studies in a Globalizing World: Past, Present, and Future.

Summer Institutes in Chinese Studies and Global Humanities
Proposals for the 2017 summer institute, funded by Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange (CCKF) and CHCI up to $50,000, are now being accepted. The deadline is April 1, 2016, and UCLA applications must be submitted via the Asia Institute.

CHCI Member Networks
Centers and faculty may participation in CHCI member networks, which are organized around shared themes. Groups may apply for small grants for collaborative projects and research with other CHCI members. Networks include: Digital Humanities; Humanities for the Environment; Public Humanities; and Medical Humanities.

In addition, CHCI is invested in research and graduate training that incorporates the latest trends in humanities scholarship, including environmental and medical humanities, as reflected in the project,Integrating the Humanities across National Boundaries, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which ends in 2016. CHCI is currently formulating proposals to put forward to the Mellon Foundation and other funding agencies for future projects.

Asia Institute Director R. Bin Wong was elected for a five-year term to the CHCI International Advisory Board in 2014. The Asia Institute’s membership in the organization and representation on its board arose from an interest in both the role of Asia in American humanities research and the unique place of the humanities in Asian universities. Asia Institute projects such as the Taiwan Studies Lectureship and the faculty working group on Rethinking Ritual and Performance in Asia demonstrate a sustained commitment to engagement with Asian humanities.

For more information about participation in CHCI programs, contact the Asia Institute at (310) 825-0007 or