The Inter-Asia Research Group focuses on a wide range of relationships and interconnections between different parts of Asia. Building on the expertise at the Centre for Modern East Asian Studies (CeMEAS), the Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS) and other institutions, the platform puts particular emphasis on China and India, but other regions, such as South-East Asia and the Middle East, also play an important role.
The group continues some aspects of the CeMIS-CeMEAS Transregional Research Network (CETREN), which was sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research from 2012 to 2017. The platform is the only European member of the international consortium of universities coordinated and funded by the US-based Social Science Research Council (SSRC), whose Inter-Asia program promotes frameworks and concepts for reconceptualizing Asia as a dynamic and interconnected formation. In the spring of 2017, the platform hosted five fellows for a Global Summer Semester Residency. Residencies will follow again in 2018.