ADI Conference 2018

Photo: Vincent Vaerman

Transition and Disruption in Asia

10th Annual ADI Conference
Asian Dynamics Initiative 

Since the launch of the Asian Dynamics Initiative at the University of Copenhagen in 2008, the ADI annual conference has become a well-established event in Asian Studies internationally. With the conference in 2018 we wish to continue this tradition.

With the spectacular rise of China and India, it is only natural that these populous new superpowers dominate scholarly and media attention, while other regions in Asia are foregrounded only in exceptional moments of  environmental, political or economic crisis. Yet the latter, too, confirm the need to conceive of Asia as a site of accelerated change. This principle also applies to the pre-modern period, in spite of the fact that Eurocentric observers preferred to conceptualize this vast space as a permanently stagnant region. Global historians nowadays argue for considering Asia not as a discrete continent, but as an integral part of the Eurasian landmass, which has always experienced diverse processes of change, including episodes of disruption and crisis. While phases of transition are conventionally identified with positive change and a measure of predictability, disruption has more negative connotations, since it is assumed to increase unpredictability. Yet both can be conceived in terms of opportunities for transformation and applied fruitfully to grasp the complex dynamics of what has been dubbed the "Asian century".

Welcome by Rector of the University of Copenhagen, Henrik Wegener

Opening speech by Permanent Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen “Denmark’s Asia Policy”

Keynote addresses on the overall topic Transition and Disruption will be given by two distinguished scholars:  

Professor Dr Hermann Kreutzmann, Chair of Human Geography, Department of Geography, Freie Universität Berlin
"Pamirian Crossroads and impacts of the New Silk Road Initiative"

Professor Ran Wei, Gonzales Brothers Professor of Journalism, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, College of Information and Communications, University of South Carolina
"A Clash of Cultures? The Cultural Influence of Smartphones and Mobile Devices in Confucian Asia"

The conference will also feature panels on a wide range of themes.

All are welcome - registration is required.

Visit the conference website for information about panels, programme, registration, venue and more.