Intra-­Asian Connections: Interactions, Flows, Landscapes

6th annual International Conference

22-­24 October 2014 - Asian Dynamics Initiative - University of Copenhagen

The Asian Dynamics Initiative (ADI) is pleased to announce the conference 'Intra-­Asian Connections: Interactions, Flows, Landscapes' to be held at the University of Copenhagen on 22-24 October 2014.

Please visit the conference website for further information including CFP.

The conference will take place over three days and feature distinguished keynote speakers as well as panels emphasizing intra-Asian connections in order to highlight the historical contingency of modern borders and hence of area studies themselves.

Through comparative and cross‐border perspectives we seek out opportunities to rethink the ‘maps in our minds’; to theorize alternative temporalities, spatialities and modernities that emerge when Asia is not simply cast in opposition to the West; and to seek alternative epistemological grounding in conceptualizations of interactions, flows, and more dynamic landscapes.

'Intra-­Asian Connections: Interactions, flows, landscapes' is the sixth in a series of annual, interdisciplinary conferences initiated by ADI in 2008. ADI is a cross-faculty and interdisciplinary effort to meet the current challenges and demands for better knowledge of and deeper insights into Asian matters.

Keynote speakers

  • Professor Prasenjit Duara, National University of Singapore
  • Professor Shalini Randeria, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies Geneva
  • Professor Willem van Schendel, University of Amsterdam 
  • Professor Adam T. Smith, Cornell University


  1. Travel along the Silk Roads
  2. Maritime Territorial Disputes: China and its Neighbours
  3. Governing Landscapes across Asia
  4. Centering Southeast Asia from the outside in
  5. Popular Cultures in and of and out of Asia
  6. Intra-Asia connection in a Changing Arctic
  7. Asian Concepts of Development
  8. Civil Society in Asia reconsidered: Rights, Governmentality and Inclusion of the Disadvantaged
  9. States of Lack and Dynamics of Emptiness and Fullness in China and Asia
  10. Economic Integration in Asia