This research network is founded on an initial collaboration between the University of Bristol and the University of Leiden, which brings together a group of international participants from the University of York, Cambridge University, the University of Birmingham, the London School of Economics, The University of Amsterdam, Heidelberg University, the University of Berlin, and the University of California – Berkeley. Participants have a wide range of regional expertise throughout Asia and Africa, and in the methodological approaches of global and transnational history.

This collaboration was recently awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Council grant to engage in a week of collaborative research in the archives of the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam. A follow-up workshop will be held in Bristol in September 2016, as well as a public event in autumn 2017.

*NEW: We have also been awarded seedcorn funding from the University of Bristol’s Brigstow Institute to create a visualisation of the data generated from our project. We will be producing a moving, historical map of events and key individuals uncovered through our research, and an online platform for researchers to contribute their own data on Afro-Asian connections. Stay tuned to this website and our twitter feed: this visualisation will be ready by October 2017.