2 May from 12.30-17.00 and 3 May from 8.45-10.00

Rising Asia, Anxious Europe

The conference "Rising Asia, Anxious Europe" 2-3 May was recorded and is now available as a video podcast. Watch the grand opening with speeches by Minister for Foreign Affairs Villy Søvndal, Prorector Thomas Bjørnholm, and keynote presentations by:

  • Prof. Dr. Ulrich Beck
  • Isabel Hilton
  • Prof. Dr. Peter van der Veer
  • Prof. Wang Gungwu
  • Prof. Aihwa Ong (note: poor sound quality for the first 3-4 minutes)


2 May 2012

The Ceremonial Hall, University of Copenhagen, Frue Plads, Copenhagen
Registration from 11.30

Moderator: Marie H. Roesgaard, Associate Professor in Japanese Studies, and Chair of the ADI Steering Committee


Opening Speech by the Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs Villy Søvndal


Speech by Prorector Thomas Bjørnholm


Prof. Ulrich Beck, Department of Sociology, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich and London School of Economics
"World at Risk: are Asia and Europe chasing the same dream or nightmare?"


Isabel Hilton, London-based international journalist and broadcaster, Editor of
"Future green superpowers: Chinese competition or cooperation?"


Tea and Coffee 


Prof. Peter van der Veer, Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity at Göttingen
"Coping with Diversity in Europe, India and China"


Prof. Wang Gungwu, Chairman of the East Asian Institute and University Professor, National University of Singapore
"The China Effect in Asia and Europe"


Concluding remarks

17:00-18:30 Reception


3 May 2012

Faculty of Humanities (Building 22, 24 and 27), Njalsgade 120-136, 2300 Copenhagen S

Panel sessions

8:00-8:45 Registration

8:45-10:00 - Session 1 - Auditorium 22.0.11
Keynote presentation by Professor Aihwa Ong, Socio-Cultural Anthropology and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley
"Science as the Heart of “World-Class” Cities in Asia"

10:00-10:30 Coffee and tea
Session 2
Room 27.0.09   Room 27.0.49 Room 27.1.49 Room 24.1.45

Panel 1A :

Business, markets and enterprise in Asia-Europe encounters

Panel 1B :

Orientalism, Asian values and perspectives

Panel 1C :

Changing Security Dynamics

Panel 1D :

Urban identity and everyday life

12:30-13:30 Lunch
Session 3
Room 27.0.09   Room 27.0.49 Room 27.1.49 Room 24.1.45

Panel 2A :

Global resource competition, international aid and global consequences

Panel 2B :

Anxieties and accounts

Panel 2C :

Trade and investment flows between Europe and Asia

Panel 2D :

Urban ecology, transformation and negotiations

15:30-16:00 Coffee and tea
Session 4
Room 27.0.09  Room 27.0.49 Room 24.1.45
16:00-18: 00

Panel 3A :

Resource competition and consequences for food security and rural livelihoods

Panel 3B :

Languages and forms of Asia-Europe Comparison

Panel 3D :

Xindu case and Discussion of Urban Imaginaries and Power

Detailed programme here