CFP: 8th Annual ADI Conference

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Call for Papers
March 1, 2016
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, Chinese History / Studies, South Asian History / Studies, Southeast Asian History / Studies, Japanese History / Studies

Scholars of Asian Studies have convened annually in Copenhagen since 2008 under the aegis of the Asian Dynamics Initiative (ADI). Past conferences have brought together scholars, students, media professionals and policy practitioners from across the world and a number of leading institutions. 

Building on this success, we are pleased to announce the ADI Conference 2016. The aim of the conference is to rethink Asia across historical time and space in a global context. Home to more than half the world’s population, Asia is now widely acknowledged as the main driving force of world economy in the early 21st century. While the euphoric discourses of the ‘Asian century’ have gathered considerable force in the past decade, the actual accounts of this shift still remain skeletal and dispersed. The conference collectively addresses this by bringing together fresh intra-disciplinary scholarship built upon a number of related research enquiries. Locating Asia beyond, and within, its territoriality, we explore historical connections, circulations and contentions that produce Asia within a global epistemic frame. 

The conference will take place at the University of Copenhagen on 20-22 June 2016 and feature keynote addresses, roundtables and panels across disciplines, temporalities and themes in the study of Asian dynamics.

We invite abstracts for paper presentations addressing Asian dynamics in a global context, but especially welcome perspectives relating to one of the panels listed below. 

  1. Ethnographies of Capitalist Transformation across Asia
    Conveners: Dan Hirslund and Rune Bennike, Dept. of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, Luisa Steur, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen
  2. Minorities in Asia between homogenization and fragmentation
    Conveners: Ildikó Bellér-Hann and Nikolaos Olma, Dept. of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen

  3. Heritagizing Asia: The politics of time and space in Asian cities
    Convener: Oscar Salemink, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen

  4. Dynamics and drivers of change in Chinese politics
    Conveners: Jørgen Delman, Department of Cross-cultural and Regional Studies, Bertel Heurlin and Camilla Tenna Nørup Sørensen, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, and Anna Ahlers, University of Oslo

  5. Musical Modernity in Asia
    Conveners: Margaret Mehl, Dept. of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen, David Hebert, Bergen University College, Jonathan Service, University of Oxford

  6. Globalization and Export Opportunities
    Convener: Jakob Roland Munch, Dept. of Economics, University of Copenhagen

  7. Feminist activism in the PRC: Generational changes, global connections
    Conveners: Cecilia Milwertz, NIAS, University of Copenhagen, and Elisabeth Engebretsen, University of Oslo

  8. Managing Cultural Diversity - Asian Case-Studies
    Conveners: Alexander Horstmann, Dept. of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen, and Purvo Santoso, UGM, Yogyakarta 

  9. China's One Belt, One Road Initiative
    Convener: Chunrong Liu, Fudan-European Centre for China Studies, University of Copenhagen

  10. Remembrance and Forgetting of War, Conflict and Disasters in Asia
    Conveners: Kyoko Murakami, Dept. of Psychology, University of Copenhagen

  11. Civil society in South Asia – a comparative approach 
    Conveners: Peter B. Andersen and Rubya Mehdi, Dept. of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen

Individual paper proposals should include:

  • Name, institutional affiliation, short bio
  • Abstract  that clearly lays out the title, argument and methodology (approx 250 words)
  • Intended panel (if applicable) 

Please submit your proposal to conference coordinator Marie Yoshida ( no later than 1 March 2016.

The organizing committee will assess the submitted abstracts and inform you of the decision soon hereafter.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

  • Kenneth Pomeranz, University Professor of Modern Chinese History and in the College, The University of Chicago

  • Tansen Sen, Professor of History, City University New York (CUNY) and NYU Shanghai Campus 

  • Engseng Ho, Professor of Anthropology and Islamic Studies, Duke University and Muhammad Alagil Distinguished Visiting Professor in Arabia Asia Studies, ARI, National University of Singapore 

  • Christian Göbel, University Professor of Modern China Studies, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Vienna 
Contact Info: 

Conference Coordinator Marie Yoshida
Asian Dynamics Initiative
University of Copenhagen, Oester Farimagsgade 5, 1353 Copenhagen, Denmark

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