International Institute for Asian Studies

January
31
2018

Call for papers

THE RISE OF ASIA IN GLOBAL HISTORY AND PERSPECTIVE: What local and global changes in diversity of life?

CALL FOR PAPERS

INTERNATIONAL AND MULTIDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE, FRANCE, MARCH 14-16, 2018

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JANUARY 31, 2018

The conference is open to individual and group paper presentations. Those willing to present their papers are invited to submit their proposals following the GUIDELINES FOR PRESENTER CANDIDATES described below. The conference call for papers lasts from November 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018. The selected proposals will be communicated to their authors between December 2017 and February 2018. Website: http://www.bandungspirit.org/

INTRODUCTION

The rise of the West transformed the world. The rise of Asia will bring about an equally significant transformation. […] The rise of Asia will be good for the world. Hundreds of millions of people will be rescued from the clutches of poverty. China’s modernization has already reduced the number of Chinese living in absolute poverty from six hundred million to two hundred million. India’s growth is also making an equally significant impact. Indeed, one key reason why the United Nation (UN) will actually meet one of its Millennium Development Goals of reducing global poverty by half by 2015 will be the success of China and India in reducing poverty significantly. By the standards of any Western moral philosopher, from the British utilitarian philosophers of the nineteenth century to the moral imperatives of Immanuel Kant, it is clear that the rise of Asia has brought more “goodness” into the world. In purely ethical terms, the West should welcome the transformation of the Asian condition. (Kishore Mahbubani, The Asian Hemisphere: The Irresistible Shift of Global Power to the East, USA, Public Affairs, 2008, pp. xiv-xv).

The statement of Kishore Mahbubani quoted above raises many questions. “The rise of Asia will be good for the world.” What does it mean? Good for whom or for what? For peoples, nations, states? For culture, ecology, economy, politics, religions? In what way? “Hundreds of millions of people will be rescued from the clutches of poverty.” Does it mean that the “rise” is an economic question? How about human rights, animal rights, vegetal rights, ecological rights? “In purely ethical terms, the West should welcome the transformation of the Asian condition.” Does it mean that the rise of Asia is an ethical challenge for the West? Does it mean that the rise of Asia is not in the interest of the West? But who is the “West”? Is it a cultural, political, economical and ideological entity? Is it the incarnation of capitalism, imperialism, colonialism? Is it a former power block during the Cold War? And who is the “Non-West”? Is it an entity formerly colonised by the West? Is it including or consisting of exclusively Africa and Asia? How about Australia and America, which were colonies of the West? And how about Russia and Central and Eastern Europe, which where the core of the “East” during the Cold War? And so on and so forth….

It is to discuss those questions and many others that the conference is organised. Consequently it encourages the participation of scholars from a wide range of scientific disciplines (area studies, cultural studies, ecology, economics, geography, history, humanities, languages, management, political and social sciences…) and practitioners from diverse professional fields (business, civil society, education, enterprise, government, management, parliament, public policy, social and solidarity movements…), based in diverse geographical areas (Africa, North and South America, Australia, Asia, Europe, Pacific…). Those willing to participate in the conference as presenters are invited to send their abstract before February 2018 (see below for other dates and instructions). Selected papers will be published in a book.

SUB-THEMES

The following sub-themes are not exhaustive:

- The Rise of Asia: myth and reality

- The Rise of Asia: history and perspective

- The Rise of Asia seen from inside Asia

- The Rise of Asia seen from outside Asia

- The Rise of Asia and new world order

- The Rise of Asia: impacts, risks and opportunities for the rest of the world

- The Rise of Asia: local and global changes for peoples, nations and states

- Cultural and religious issues in the Rise of Asia

- Ecological, architectural and urban issues in the Rise of Asia

- Economic issues in the Rise of Asia

- Political issues in the Rise of Asia

- Gender and women issues in the Rise of Asia

GUIDELINES FOR PRESENTER CANDIDATES

The selection of presenters is based on the abstract and the basic personal data of the presenter candidates in respect to the following dates:

1. Deadline for abstract submission: January 31, 2018

2. Announce of the selected presenters: December 2017-February 2018

3. Deadline for full paper submission: February 28, 2018

The abstract is limited to approximately 300 words (figures, tables, and references should not be included in the abstract) accompanied by basic personal data of the author(s) including:

- Full name and surname

- Gender (male/female/other)

- University title (if any)

- Specialism (if any)

- Professional category (lecturer/researcher or activist/practitioner or both)

- Institution/organisation/company

- Function in institution/organisation/company

- Full address (physical/postal address, phone and fax numbers, email)

The basic personal data are to be presented below the abstract (in the same file of the abstract, not in a separate file)

The abstract with basic personal data and the full paper are to be sent by e-mail to the following e-mail address: conference-masterasie@univ-lehavre.fr