Asia Association for Global Studies

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Subject Fields: 
Diplomacy and International Relations, Humanities, Philosophy, Political Science, Social Sciences

2019 AAGS Conference to be held in Chiang Mai in Thailand on March 22-23, 2019.

In order to take a break from ‘business as usual’, AAGS invites scholars working within international relations and global studies, in addition to interested scholars from outside these fields, to submit abstracts addressing contemporary issues or theory through the use of non-orthodox concepts. This year we are proud to hold our annual conference at Chiang Mai University in Northern Thailand.

Established in 2006, the AAGS conference is a forum for the open exchange of ideas and spirited debate. The purpose of the selection process is not to maximize income by admitting as many presenters as possible, but to ensure a high quality, small-scale gathering of sincere discussants. 

With this in mind, applicants are asked not simply to repackage their usual line of research in order to make it through the submission process, but to take an exploratory stroll outside (or at least pushing) the bounds of their formal field of expertise. 

The following table gives, for the purpose of illustration, examples of how novel concepts might be used to address established theory or contemporary issues. AAGS also welcomes a reconsideration of ‘oldies but goodies’, from Sun Tzu to Thucydides to Hobbes to Machiavelli. 

Concept                                                                                     Application

➢ ‘The medium is the message’  (media studies)               ➢ Political discourse and the new media

➢ Great man theory   (history)                                            ➢ The power of personality in American presidential politics

➢ Black Swans/antifragile/asymmetry (economics)    ➢ The Tragedy of Great Power Politics revisited: Superpowers and fragility

Applicants are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words explaining: i) The concept in question; ii) The theory/issue to which it is to be applied; and iii) A summary of potential contribution to the field.

Attendees may be invited to contribute a paper to a special edition of the Asia Journal of Global Studies, or to an edited volume in book form. We look forward to seeing you in the beautiful city of Chiang Mai!

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