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World Wide Asia: Asian Flows, Global Impacts

Posted on 30/05/2012

In August 2012, Leiden Global Interactions (LGI), Asian Modernities and Traditions (AMT) and the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) will host an international conference on the theme of ‘World Wide Asia’ to critically explore Asian migrations as a globalizing force.

Date: 31 August - 1 September 2012  

Venue: Leiden, the Netherlands

Deadline for submissions: 1 February 2012

Confirmed Speakers:

Adam McKeown (Columbia University, USA)

Radhika Singha (Jawaharlal Nehru University, India)

Leo Lucassen (Leiden University, The Netherlands)

Call for Papers: The theme of Asian migrations, in the broadest sense, touches upon a wide array of practices, infrastructures, social issues and configurations of power. The mobility and influence of Asian peoples and productions have been a driving force in reshaping global and local landscapes from ancient to modern times, as demonstrated, for instance, by the historical trade networks that facilitated European colonialism, the intensified global trajectories of commodities, ideas and technologies, and the redefinition of urbanization by processes emerging from the ‘Global South’. 

This conference seeks to gain a nuanced understanding of Asia’s role in historical and modern articulations of the global. It seeks to explore the problematics of place, dislocation/connectivity, and culture from diverse Asian perspectives on travel, exchange, circulation, translation, identity, and global power. We are particularly interested in the following topics and issues with respect to Asia:  

• Migration and the City
• Mobility, Markets & Human Capital
• Regimes of Identification
• Migrant Lives and Global Labor
• Borderlands
• Commodities and Migration
• Expanding Empires
• Disaster, Development and Aid

The conference will be preceded by a four day master class on the same theme.

Submissions: The deadline for submission of paper proposals is 1 February 2012. Please send an abstract of not more than 250 words, along with the proposed title, author’s name, affiliation and email to worldwideasia2012@gmail.com. We will send out notifications in March. 

Contact: Carolyn Nakamura, Leiden University, P.O. Box 9515, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands
c.m.nakamura@hum.leidenuniv.nl, +31(0)71 527 26 55

LGI: http://www.research.leiden.edu/research-profiles/global/

AMT: http://research.leiden.edu/research-profiles/amt/

IIAS: http://www.iias.nl/ 


The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) is a postdoctoral research centre based in the Netherlands. The Institute encourages the interdisciplinary and comparative study of Asia and promotes national and international cooperation. The Institute focuses on the human and social sciences and on their interaction with other sciences.

IIAS | P.O. box 9500 | 2300 RA | Leiden | www.iias.nl


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