Wednesday 24 November pm – Saturday 27 November am
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.
Natasha Hamilton-Hart, Sekhar Bandyopadhyay, Patrick Thomsen and Jason Young.
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. The conference includes events which are specifically targeted to support the new generation of researchers, especially a POSTGRADUATE WORKSHOP to be held on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 24th (online).
Conference platform and Covid-19 restrictions
Due to the uncertainty over Covid restrictions likely to be in place at the time of the conference, the decision has been made, with great regret, to hold the conference online only. Keynote sessions will take place as webinars and other presentations using Zoom. The links will be included in the conference programme which is being designed specifically for optimal engagement and enjoyment online. Please ensure you have a stable internet connection. If you are in a centre with other colleagues and access to Zoom-supported facilities, we suggest you might wish to get together face-to-face for parts of the programme or even just a meal. Please feel free to arrange this yourselves.
NZASIA Pre-Conference Asian Studies Postgraduate Workshop
Massey University, Palmerston North
Wednesday 24 November 2021,
1 pm to 4 pm
In conjunction with the 24th NZASIA Conference, the Asia New Zealand Foundation will offer postgraduate students who are working on Asia-related topics the opportunity to participate in a pre-conference postgraduate workshop.
The workshop schedule is available here.
NZASIA Postgraduate Prize
NZASIA is sponsoring two postgraduate prizes for the best student papers at the 2021 NZASIA conference. The prizes aim to recognize outstanding student achievement in research on Asia and award students who display a high level of scholarship in their work. More information is available here.