ADI Conference 2016
Photo: Trevor Mills
University of Copenhagen, 20-22 June 2016
Scholars of Asian Studies have convened annually in Copenhagen since 2008 under the aegis of ADI. Past conferences have brought together scholars, students, media professionals and policy practitioners from across the world and a number of leading institutions.
Building on this success, we were pleased to announce the ADI Conference 2016. The aim of the conference was to rethink Asia across historical time and space in a global context. Home to more than half the world’s population, Asia is now widely acknowledged as the main driving force of world economy in the early 21st century. While the euphoric discourses of the ‘Asian century’ have gathered considerable force in the past decade, the actual accounts of this shift still remain skeletal and dispersed. The conference collectively addressed this by bringing together fresh intra-disciplinary scholarship built upon a number of related research enquiries. Locating Asia beyond, and within, its territoriality, we explored historical connections, circulations and contentions that produce Asia within a global epistemic frame.
The conference featured keynote addresses, roundtables and panels across disciplines, temporalities and themes in the study of Asian dynamics.
Welcome and introduction
Welcome by Troels Østergaard Sørensen, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Marie Roesgaard, Chair of ADI's Steering Committee
Professor Kenneth Pomeranz
Wastelands, Heartlands, and El Dorados: Rethinking Territories on China’s Western Frontiers Since 1760
Professor Engseng Ho
Wealth and War in East and West Asia: Concepts for a Connective Understanding of Inter-Asian Dynamics
Professor Tansen Sen
The Impact of Zheng He’s Expeditions on Indian Ocean Interactions
Professor Christian Goebel
Mass Line, Assembly Line, Online: Social Unrest in a Masterplanned China
Conveners: Dan Hirslund, Rune Bennike, Luisa Steur, University of Copenhagen
From the dawn of the industrial revolution onwards, the expansion of capital has played a key role in shaping social and political transformations in Asia societies. Since the global hegemony of finance capital that began in the 1980s, capital has taken on an even more determinant role …
Conveners: Ildikó Bellér-Hann and Nikolaos Olma, University of Copenhagen
The persistence of nationalism and the impact of globalization continue to attract a great deal of attention both inside and outside academia. Modern nation-states typically have their origins in the forging of an imagined nation from disparate cultural, regional groupings within their territory …
Convener: Oscar Salemink, University of Copenhagen
Contemporary Asian cities have often been associated with economic success and concomitant visions of modernity. Political authorities, private companies as well as many citizens promote modern lifestyles, which in many cities have been internalized and integrated into urban planning to such a degree that the embrace of success in the guise of modern cityscapes has entailed wholesale destruction of historical rural and urban landscapes, as distinctly un-modern …
Conveners: Jørgen Delman, Bertel Heurlin, Camilla Tenna Nørup Sørensen, University of Copenhagen, and Anna Ahlers, University of Oslo
The Chinese political system is often cast as a fairly ossified authoritarian party-state system with the Communist Party of China (CPC) at the centre fighting to maintain its monopoly of power without conceding to pressure for political reform. However, some analysts also recognize that the CPC has maintained its legitimacy through its embrace of economic and social reforms …
Conveners: Margaret Mehl, University of Copenhagen, David Hebert, Bergen University College, Jonathan Service, University of Oxford
The premise of this panel is that music provides a distinct and even privileged way into examining many facets of global modernity, including transnational flows, whether within Asia, between Europe and Asia or elsewhere. Modernity is here understood as “a condition, historically produced over three centuries around the globe in processes of change that have not ended yet” …
Conveners : Jakob Roland Munch, University of Copenhagen; Georg Schaur, University of Tennessee
This panel will focus on aspects related to increased economic integration between Europe and Asia. Increasing globalization brings challenges as well as new opportunities for domestic firms. Firms and their workers are more exposed on domestic markets from increased competition from firms in Asia and other low income countries …
Conveners: Cecilia Milwertz, NIAS, Elisabeth Engebretsen, University of Oslo
With a focus on how feminists speak and act in diverse publics to address gender issues and injustice more broadly, this panel is concerned with the changing practices of political activism in the People’s Republic of China. We are particularly interested in looking at similarities and differences in modes of organizing and activism between what we suggest is a generational divide on many levels …
Convener: Chunrong Liu, Fudan-European Centre for China Studies, University of Copenhagen
Over the last two decades, there has been substantial progress in cooperation in Asia evidenced by the proliferation of free trade negotiations and community building projects. The rise of China and its recent regional interconnectivity projects of Belt and Road Strategy have generated new dynamics to regionalism …
Convener: Kyoko Murakami, University of Copenhagen
In recent years, the study of commemoration has proved to be fertile ground for research in social sciences and humanities involving Asia. The aftermaths of a wide variety of wars and other conflicts as well as catastrophic natural and man-made disasters have been examined through studies which pay attention to the debates …
Conveners: Peter B. Andersen and Rubya Mehdi, University of Copenhagen
During the recent years the frames of civil society in South Asia have changed in considerably under the impact of international as well as local developments. The World Bank has stressed that good governance may be strengthened by the inclusion of civil society organisations in the governmental development strategies …
Conveners: Edyta Roszko and Birgitte Schepelern Johansen, University of Copenhagen
In modern states territoriality is a technology that enables states to control territory, people and things by delimiting and distributing them in a geographic area. However, in spite of visible signs and objects that mark state borders, for many people everyday life continues to take place in a social space that transgresses national borders …
Future Tense: Asia in the World
- Engseng Ho, Professor of Anthropology and Islamic Studies, Duke University and Muhammad Alagil Distinguished Visiting Professor in Arabia Asia Studies, ARI, National University of Singapore
- Kenneth Pomeranz, University Professor of Modern Chinese History and in the College, The University of Chicago
- Tansen Sen, Professor of History, City University New York (CUNY) and NYU Shanghai Campus
- Ravinder Kaur, Director, Centre of Global South Asian Studies, University of Copenhagen
Researching Politics and (Big) Data in China/Asia: Opportunities and Challenges
- Christian Göbel, professor, East Asian Studies, University of Vienna
- Lauri Paltemaa, Professor, Contemporary Chinese History, University of Turku
- Jun Liu, Assistant Professor, Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, University of Copenhagen
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 onSilk 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"
Ildiko Beller-Hann, Dept. of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
Jørgen Delman, Dept. of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
Ravinder Kaur, Dept. of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
Jakob Roland Munch, Dept. of Economics
Marie Roesgaard, Dept. of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
Oscar Salemink, Dept. of Anthropology
Ayo Wahlberg, Dept. of Anthropology
Marie Yoshida, Asian Dynamics Initiative
The conference has received generous support from
ØK’s Almennyttige Fond |