Vendredi 28 octobre 2016, par DK // CONFERENCES

International and multidisciplinary conference
Organised by GRIC (Group of Research on Identities and Cultures), University of Le Havre, France
In partnership with CHAC (Centre of History of Contemporary Asia), the first day of the conference will take place at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris, March 22, 2017
The following days of the conference will take place at the University of Le Havre, Le Havre, March 23-24, 2017


That Asia has “risen” in the world economy since at least 1960, and especially since 2000, is a proposition that is widely accepted. But what does this mean ? And what explains it ? There is a wide range of answers to these questions, and they are somewhat contradictory. Some argue that Asia (or even China alone) has always been at the center of world economic activities, except for a brief period between 1800 and 1950. For these analysts, the recent “rise” is merely the reassertion of Asia’s “historic” or “natural” position. There are others who agree that what is happening now is the relocation of the “center” of the world economy to Asia. For them, this relocation of the center is simply the outcome of a process that has occurred several times before in the modern world system, and which is the result of the logic of how a capitalist system operates. (Immanuel Wallerstein, The Rise of Asia in the World Economy, GIS Réseau Asie - French Network for Asian Studies, September 2012)

In The Rise of Asia in the World Economy, Immanuel Wallerstein does not provide any perspective — political, economic, cultural or ecological — that may allow us to foresee whether the rise of Asia will lead the world — humanity as well as ecology — to the better or the worse. Neither does his paper explain how Asia is rising. Indeed, his short essay was certainly not intended to explain the rise of Asia at great length. However, its greatest merit is to stimulate debate and critical thinking. It definitely triggers exciting discussions related to the history of and the varying perspectives on the rise of Asia. Facing the expansion of Asian economic and cultural forces in Africa, America, Europe and other parts of the world, it is only natural that the international community and world citizens raise questions about the origin and condition of the rise of Asia, but also about its development, more specifically the impacts, risks and opportunities it may imply for the rest of the world.

The purpose of this conference is to assess and qualify the rise of Asia. The questions raised above may serve as topics of discussions for academics from a wide range of disciplines (area studies, cultural studies, ecology, economics, geography, history, humanities, languages, management, political and social sciences…), but also for practitioners working in diverse professional fields (business, civil society, education, enterprise, government, management, parliament, public policy, social and solidarity movements…) and geographical basis (Africa, North and South America, Australia, Asia, Europe, Pacific…). Those willing to participate in the conference as presenters are invited to send their abstract before February 2017 (see below for other dates and instructions). Selected papers will be published in a book.

More than 60 papers from diverse parts of the world (Algeria, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, China, Ethiopia, France, Georgia, Ghana, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Nigeria, Palestine, Philippines, Russia, Taiwan. Thailand, Turkey, UK, USA, Vietnam...) will be presented and discussed in the conference, covering a wide range of issues :
- The Rise of Asia seen from inside and outside Asia
- The Rise of Asia in Global History
- The Rise of Asia and New World Order
- The Rise of Asia : impacts, risks and opportunities for Africa, Latin America, Arab World, Europe
- The Rise of Asia in the fields of architecture, business, culture, ecology, economy, gender, international relations, religion, urban development

The conference programme is the development of the following outline :
Wednesday, March 22, 2017, the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne : Plenary Sessions of Introduction
Thursday, March 23, 2017, the University of Le Havre : Parallel Sessions of Paper Presentations
Friday, March 24, 2017, the University of Le Havre : Parallel Sessions of Paper Presentations and Plenary Sessions of Conclusion and Recommendation
During the conference, there will be exhibition, demonstration (caligraphy, origami, and other Asian art and craft), book launching, and film screening dealing with the Rise of Asia. The conference will be ended with a Socio-cultural Evening with dances, music, défilé of Asian dresses, demonstration of martial arts and buffet of Asian gastronomy.

International participants are invited to consider the following itinerary :
March 21 : Arrival in Paris. First night in France (Paris).
March 22 : First day conference in Paris. Second night in France (Paris).
March 23 : Moving to Le Havre. Second day conference. Third night in France (Le Havre)
March 24 : Third day conference. Fourth night in France (Le Havre)
March 25 : Moving back to Paris

The registration concerns only the simple participants (those who do not present a paper). The paper presenters are automatically registered by the organising committee. The participant registration is not compulsory. The access to all the conference sessions is open to public with or without registration within the limit of available seats. However, those who are registered have the advantage of having the right to :
1) A personalised badge
2) A copy of conference booklet
3) A certificate of participation
4) A priority to enter into the conference rooms in case of crowd
5) A choice of drink during all the coffee sessions of the conference in Le Havre : a cup of coffee, a cup of tea, a small bottle of water or a can of soft drink.

The registration consists of two steps :

The registration payment can be done online or by cash on site of the conference in Le Havre only (not in Paris). The payment online a few days prior to the conference is preferable. It allows the conference organising committee to prepare in advance the first three items mentioned above. It also avoids participants from filling in the registration form in the crowd and going to the university administrative office to pay the registration fee. The amount of the registration fee is 20 (twenty) euros per person and its payment can be done through a bank transfer following REGISTRATION PAYMENT.

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