Justice and Asia

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In accordance with our strategic plan, the Liu Institute is committed to examining and supporting work on the theme "Justice and Asia” from a wide range of perspectives: social, political, economic, cultural, historical, and linguistic, among others.

“Liu fellows are questioning and expanding the concept of justice, especially through comparative and multidisciplinary perspectives. Their projects couldn't be more timely and important.”—Michel Hockx, Liu Institute director

The concept of justice resonates strongly with Catholic social teaching, as well as with the values of Asian philosophical and religious traditions. Justice is universally understood and innately experienced. It is also foundational to integral human development, the guiding principle of the Keough School of Global Affairs.

Specifically, the Institute supports the examination of the Justice and Asia theme by supporting interdisciplinary research, meaningful events, new courses, social engagement projects, policy initiatives, invitations to visiting scholars, and appointments of postdoctoral fellows.

Call for Proposals

The Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies seeks to fund projects as part of its thematic cluster Justice and Asia. Proposals can be submitted by faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, either as individuals or as groups. Awards of up to $5,000 will be provided.

All proposals should have Asia at their center. Justice is defined broadly and can include social justice, ethics, fairness, well-being, freedom, dignity, inequality, discrimination, poverty, poetic justice, and environmental justice. Proposals for theoretical investigations into Asian concepts of justice are also welcomed.

Although these grants previously only supported collaborative projects, the 2023-24 grant cycle will also give consideration to individual projects. Additionally, students are eligible and encouraged to apply for funding for internships, volunteer opportunities, and other experiential opportunities with organizations that align with the Justice and Asia theme.

For the 2023-24 academic year, preference will be given to projects that focus on countries or geographic areas that have not been examined by previous Justice and Asia projects.

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