Research Focus

The goal of this research initiative is to chart an effective multidisciplinary approach for understanding the BRI-related initiatives in Eurasia and beyond. We also aim to build a network of scholars for assessing and mapping China’s current ambitious projects by launching a digital humanities platform for a comprehensive analysis of the BRI.

Scholars from the disciplines of political science, history, international relations, economics, art history, geography, and anthropology are invited to address the following topics:

  • The “push and pull” effects of the BRI both inside and outside China.
  • The active and subtle campaigns undertaken to popularize the BRI through various avenues—socio-political campaigns, cultural projects, educational exchange programs, trade fairs, beauty contests, and through digital scapes and portals.
  • The BRI-related concerns of security, commerce, and infrastructure, and its  impact on ecologies, the global migrant labour force, on women and children, education, and the digital world.
  • The implications of recent Eastern Europe-China, Central Asia-China, South Asia-China, Africa-China interactions on informing the concepts and ideas of security, peace, development, urbanism, and new global order.
  • The revitalisation of older histories of overland and maritime trade and cultural exchange in order to connect countries, ports, and people.
  • And finally, how the Chinese envisioned global corridor either reinforces or disrupts existing Eurasian commercial and cultural networks? How are different non-state actors, corporations, and local communities in the Eurasian region accepting or resisting this “global corridor?”

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