The Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP) National Conference provides a space for interdisciplinary and insight-generating conversations among higher education teachers, scholars, learners, and leaders. In a convivial and inclusive environment, the conference promotes enhanced appreciation for the multidisciplinary field of Asian studies and how it is evolving across interdependent spheres of investigation and analysis.
Resilient Futures: Using Asian Studies to Envision a More Humanely Shared World
The ever-evolving challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate disruption, economic inequality, identity conflicts, post-truth media, and political turmoil are opportunities for creative and collaborative thinking that draws equally on historical understanding and contemporary conceptual and technological resources to question narratives and envision more resilient communities and more humane systems of global interdependence.
The conference theme of Resilient Futures invites appreciative and critical reflection on the complexity of Asian perspectives and responses to current challenges, and how they open prospects for imagining global futures that are ecologically, economically, and culturally resilient—and also more humanely shared. How can philosophy, history, literature and the arts, natural and social sciences, and the societal formations of East, Southeast, and South Asian Studies contribute to a “planetary realism” that both sustainably and more inclusively advances visions of an ecologically and ethically responsible humanity?