CFP, Asia and Africa in Transition, 28-30 June 2021, University of Copenhagen

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Call for Papers
January 31, 2021
Subject Fields: 
African History / Studies, Asian History / Studies, Humanities, Public Health, Social Sciences

The 2020 Asian Dynamics Initiave (ADI) conference has been postponed until 28-30 June 2021. Given the uncertainty ahead, we are planning for a hybrid conference with both online and face to face options. 

The conference is organized in collaboration with a number of globally oriented networks and centres at the University of Copenhagen:

NIAS – Nordic Institute of Asian Studies/NNC; School of Global Health; Sustainability Science Centre; ThinkChina; Global Development Network

Asia and Africa in Transition
Linkages between Asia and Africa have a transformative impact across the globe in areas ranging from economic development, climate and demography to health care, politics and entertainment. Placing Asia-Africa engagement as a focal point, this conference will feature keynote speeches and a range of panels and roundtables across disciplines, temporalities and themes in the study of Asian and African dynamics. 

Keynote speakers

  • Ching Kwan Lee, Professor of Sociology, University of Califormia, Los Angeles
  • Jonathan Rigg, Professor and Chair in Human Geography, University of Bristol
  • Reiner Klingholz, Former Director of Berlin Institute for Polulation and Demography

We invite abstracts and full panels. 
Deadline for submitting proposals: 31 January 2021
Read the full call here:

Panels open for submissions

  • Asian partners in the transition of ports in Africa
  • Banal democracies: Beyond electoral temporality
  • China going global: Historical trajectories, current debates, and future prospects
  • Engendering humanity in Africa and Asia
  • Foreign agricultural investments as driver of rural transformation?
  • From recipients to donors: New engagement of Asian countries in humanitarian aid in Africa
  • Health systems in transition: Human health resources as agents of change
  • Local expressions of global ideas: Negotiating modernity, aesthetics and cultural heritage in African and Asian museums
  • Situated natalisms – familial and filial forms in Africa and Asia
  • Sustainability strategy and Asian investments in energy in Africa: Regulation, governance and investment
  • The geopolitics of China’s rise in Africa: Implications and challenges for democratisation and human rights
  • The geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific
  • The making of Belt and Road Initiative projects in African states: Local actors, interests and policy link-ups
  • Urbanization in rural regions of Africa and Asia

Read more about the panels and the full call here:

Contact Info: 

Marie Yoshida

Senior Advisor, Asian Dynamics Initiative, University of Copenhagen

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