Keynote speakers – University of Copenhagen

ADI Conference 2016 > Keynote speakers

8th annual international ADI conference
Asian Dynamics Initiative, University of Copenhagen 20-22 June 2016

Keynote speakers

Kenneth Pomeranz is University Professor of Modern Chinese History and in the College at the University of Chicago. His field specialities are: Reciprocal influences of state, society and economy in late Imperial and twentieth-century China; the origins of a world economy as the outcome of mutual influences among various regions; and comparative studies of labor, family organization, and economic change in Europe and East Asia. His publications include award winning The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy and The Making of a Hinterland: State, Society and Economy in Inland North China, 1853–1937.

Professor Pomeranz' keynote address: “Wastelands, Heartlands, and El Dorados: Rethinking Territories on  China’s Western Frontiers Since 1760”

Tansen Sen is Professor of History, City University New York (CUNY) and NYU Shanghai Campus. He specializes in Asian history and religions and has special scholarly interests in India-China interactions, Indian Ocean trade, Buddhism, and Silk Road archeology. He has done extensive research in India, China, Japan, and Singapore. Tansen Sen is currently working on two book projects: one examines cross-cultural trade in Asia during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, and the second is about networks of exchange and interactions between India, China and the world. 

Professor Sen's keynote address: The Impact of Zheng He’s Expeditions on Indian Ocean Interactions

Engseng Ho is Professor of Anthropology and Professor of History at Duke University in the U.S. Currently he is the Muhammad Alagil Distinguished Visiting Professor in Arabia Asia Studies at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. He is an expert on Arab/Muslim diasporas across the Indian Ocean, and their relations with western empires, past and present. At ARI he contributes to the Institute's InterAsia thematic focus through Arabia Asia studies. Recently he convened a conferences on Silk Roads, Muslim Passages: The Islam Question in China’s Expansion Print.

Professor Ho's keynote address: "Wealth and War in East and West Asia: Concepts for a Connective Understanding of Inter-Asian Dynamics"

Christian Göbel is University Professor of Modern China Studies at the Dept. of East Asian Studies, University of Vienna. A political scientist and sinologist by training, his research is concerned with the adaptability of the Chinese Party-State to social, economic and political challenges. He is especially interested in effects of digital technology on local governance in China. In a project funded by the ERC, he examines the emergence and impact of virtual communication platforms that allow Chinese people to openly voice their grievances. Other research interests are corruption and anti-corruption in Taiwan, and the comparative study of authoritarian regimes. 

Professor Göbel's keynote address: "Mass Line, Assembly Line, Online: Social Unrest in a Masterplanned China"