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











































































































































Organising Committee

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  |  
EAC Foundation


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