On 2-3 May 2012, the Asian Dynamics Initiative, University of Copenhagen will convene an international conference to unravel the ‘new' encounter between Asia and Europe. The conference will feature distinguished keynote speakers and paper presentations from an inter-disciplinary group of scholars, focusing on Europe's ‘new' relationship with Asia or the changes in Europe and Asia against the backdrop of such changing relationships.
We invite scholars to reflect, describe and speculate on the current state as well as the future of Europe's ‘new' engagement with Asia. We particularly invite empirical studies, ethnographies and historically grounded accounts of the event - of the rise of Asia - as witnessed in a variety of settings and localities. These include not only different regional experiences, but also transformations experienced at the level of macro policy making to everyday individual choices and patterns.
Abstracts (no more than 250 words) should be submitted by 15 January 2012 to Marie Yoshida (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The organizing committee will notify abstract submitters of acceptance by email no later than 27 January 2012.
The idea is to address the political and policy concerns - ranging from anxieties of economic downturn and changing capital flows, climate change attributed to increased energy consumption in growing Asian economies, continued population growth that will potentially lay an even greater demand on the world's natural resources to fears of Europe losing its competitive edge in a world where Asian economic and military power might have an upper hand. In short, the ‘rise of Asia' is not an event confined to Asia alone. Its effects can be witnessed in the ways European economies, societies, politics and cultural imaginings are themselves being rearranged as a consequence.
There is of course nothing new about Europe-Asia encounters as such, yet the contours of such encounters continue to shift. The thrust of our exploration is not limited to the imagined rivalries between Europe and Asia, but includes exploring similarities, intimacies and unities in terms of intellectual, literary and artistic output that have defined and blurred the two entities predicated upon one another.
We suggest the following sub-themes, although other topics relevant to the overall Asia-Europe theme are also welcome:
Shifting Centres of Economic Gravity
Urban Imaginaries and Power
Changing Security Dynamics
Bodies and Boundaries
Competition for Resources
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