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The French Network for Asian Studies, or "GIS Asie" was created in 2013 on the initiative of the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and 14 other public institutions of research and higher education.
It is now a consortium of 22 French research and higher education public institutions.
It includes 30 research centers in humanities and social sciences on Asia, located in France, Europe and Asia. Five of these research centers are under the supervision of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and CNRS, in Tokyo, Hong-Kong, Bangkok, New Delhi and Pondicherry.
The French Network for Asian Studies is linked to the dynamics of research on area studies. There are three other networks on area studies in France: the French Network on American Studies, the French Network on African Studies and the French Network on Middle East and Muslim worlds.
Its main goals are:
- to improve visibility of Asian studies,
- to promote dialogue and stimulate initiatives within and among research communities,
- to better structure and open up Asian studies,
- to support young researchers and ensure the future of Asian studies.