International Institute for Asian Studies


Call for papers


Paris, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, February 12, 2020
Le Havre, Université Le Havre Normandie, February 13-14, 2020

The conference is open to individual and group paper presentations. Those willing to present their papers are invited to submit their abstracts before August 31, 2019. The selected abstracts will be communicated to their authors in October 2019.

In 2020 the defining context of the conference is the 65th anniversary of the Bandung Conference where Asia had begun to present itself as global civilisational space together with Africa. Latin America joined these joint efforts a few years later. After decades of cold war, regional conflicts and political upheavals, Asia was once again re-emerging in the recent years as a global arena where human futures are actively pursued in multiple ways. Our common challenge as academics is to capture the reasons underlying the period of violent upheaval and explain the recent trends of resurgence of Asia.

This enterprise may be framed in a new discourse on history that breaks the monopoly of colonial terms of discourse as well as schools of thought that merely counter the colonial paradigms. Our efforts are consciously located in the Bandung Network that uses creative intellectual tools rooted in the grassroots practice of people in Asia, Africa and Latin America (ASAFLA) in social, cultural, economic, environmental and political spheres. With this at the core, we look at the debates in all parts of the world including in Europe and North America. In other words, the new global discourse has to be consciously based on the historical experiences of ASAFLA for generating categories of thought. So far such categories have been rooted in Western historical experience or Western view of the rest of the world.

Hence continuing the important themes of the 2019 conference we shall focus on three questions:
1) Has Asia regained intellectual and political capacity for self-understanding?
2) Has the West through its command over technology and knowledge launched a drive for establishing a new hegemony over Asia?
3) What are the prospects of Asian countries and peoples developing structures of cooperation and solidarity to promote a world where all groups, cultures and regions enjoy conditions of peace, freedom, equality and sustainability?

These broad questions may be kept in mind in preparing interdisciplinary papers by scholars from humanities, social sciences and global affairs. Social activists engaged in people’s movements for global restructuring should also share their experiences.

Scholars interested in the historical interaction between regions of Asia and regions of the West or other specific aspects are welcome to take part and relate it to these questions. Researchers engaged in studying big issues of our time such as Climate Change, Terrorism and counter-terrorism, rise of religious nationalism, nationality movements, Belt and Road Initiative, Asia-Pacific Cooperation, Indo-Pacific Security, Nuclear Disarmament in Asia can make contributions with the broad questions informing their analysis.

Manoranjan Mohanty
Distinguished Professor, Council for Social Development, New Delhi
Former Professor of Political Science, University of Delhi

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