Wednesday 24 November pm – Saturday 27 November am
Venue: Massey University, Manawatu Campus, Palmerston North, New Zealand
Hosted by the School of Humanities, Media and Creative Communication, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Massey University
We live in a world where rapid change and disruptions are frequent and often unpredictable. They are however not new to Asian studies scholars. Throughout the centuries Asia has undergone massive disturbances which have tested human, social and cultural resilience. Revolution, invasion, world war, genocide, colonisation, decolonisation, partition, the emergence of new independent states and natural and manmade disasters are some examples. The 21st century has brought a different type of volatility such as the unprecedented economic and geopolitical rise of China, technological revolution, rapid urbanisation, increased populism, extremism and terrorism, as well as the growing impact of climate change. COVID-19 has become the most recent disruption reshaping Asian security, politics, economy, social life and regional cooperation. Asian studies scholars have much to contribute to the understanding of underlying trends for change and disruption as well as in identifying opportunities for a response which will improve our resilience to them.
Call for papers
We therefore invite proposals for panel or paper proposals presenting original research on topics related to the conference theme. The scope of the conference is intended to be broad and multidisciplinary and we encourage flexibility and imagination in the interpretation of the theme. At the same time, in line with NZASIA's key objectives, we welcome proposals for presentations on any topic related to Asian studies. The choice of theme is to encourage papers with a shared research focus and does not preclude panels, papers and presentations that range across all the perspectives which inform Asian Studies.
We particularly seek contributions from emerging scholars and postgraduate students, and a number of events are specifically targeted to support the new generation of researchers, including a postgraduate workshop to be held on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 24th. More details on this event will be uploaded soon.
Natasha Hamilton-Hart, Sekhar Bandyopadhyay, Patrick Thomsen and Jason Young.
Conference platform and Covid-19 restrictions
We are planning to hold the conference face-to-face with a Zoom contingency plan should alert levels in New Zealand change. To this end our keynote speakers are all New Zealand-based. Prospective attendees from overseas must be aware that the border is currently open only to NZ citizens and permanent residents who are required to quarantine in managed isolation facilities for two weeks on arrival in New Zealand at personal expense. Please refer to the NZ Immigration website for detailed and up-to-date information: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/covid-19/border-closures-and-exceptions