THE RISE OF ASIA CONFERENCE SERIES

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This series of conferences provides a platform for physical meeting, sharing, exchanges, studies, discussion, networking and publication on diverse issues in contemporary world through a phenomenon widely recognised : THE RISE OF ASIA. Contact : conference-masterasie@univ-lehavre.fr

THE RISE OF ASIA IN GLOBAL HISTORY AND PERSPECTIVE
150 years of Gandhi : will it bring peace, justice and non-violence to the world ?
LA MONTEE DE L’ASIE EN HISTOIRE ET PERSPECTIVE GLOBALES
150 ans de Gandhi : va t-elle amener la paix, la justice et la non-violence au monde ?

INTERNATIONAL AND MULTIDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE
Paris and Le Havre, France, March 13-15, 2019
Co-organised and hosted by
CHAC (Centre d’Histoire de l’Asie Contemporaine)
Univeristé Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France
GRIC (Groupe de Recherches Identités et Cultures)
Université Le Havre Normandie, France

SCIENTIFIC BOARD

CALL FOR PAPERS
APPEL A COMMUNICATIONS
Central & Eastern Europe and the Rise of Asia
Latin America and the Rise of Asia
Middle East & North Africa and the Rise of Asia

The conference is open to individual and group paper presentations. Those willing to present their papers are invited to submit their proposals following the GUIDELINES FOR PRESENTER CANDIDATES described in the call for papers. The conference call for papers lasts from November 1, 2018 to January 31, 2019. The selected proposals will be communicated to their authors between December 2018 and February 2019.

INTRODUCTION
The twenty-first century is emerging as the Asian century. During the first half of this century, the Asian region, extending from the Pacific Ocean to the Arabian Sea and northwards, to include Central Asia, is likely to establish itself as the new centre of the economic universe. This will draw to a conclusion three centuries of Western dominance over the world economic resources and for much of this time, its political spaces. This transformation in the world economic order will not be painless either for the East or for the West. Indeed, the transition has the potential for causing much grief to the world as no established order is likely to cede its hegemony without challenge.

The significant point of departure during this phase of transition lies in the fact that the receding economic power of the West (also more broadly classified as the North), dominated by the United States (US), remains and is likely to remain in the immediate future the dominant military power. Historically, the dominant political power, whether it was Rome, Britain or the US was, within its own spheres of influence, also the dominant military as well as economic power. This erosion of the economic power of the West while retaining military dominance with the US and its North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies, does not bode well for an easy transition for the global order.

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How the established powers of the West, led again by the US, will react to this changing balance of economic power towards Asia, which has narrowed their competitive space and domestic employment opportunities, remains a challenge for the leaders of the Western world. How far the hitherto dominant West will go to preserve their hegemony over their economic order remains critical in determining whether the Asian century will evolve peacefully or through a process of turmoil. (Rehman Sobhan, ”The Political Economy of the Asian Century” in Manoranjan Mohanty, Vinod C. Khana, Biswajit Dhar (eds.) with a foreword by Boutros-Boutros Ghali, Building a Just World. Essays in Honour of Muchkund Dubey, India, New Delhi, Orient Black Swan, 2015, pp. 144-161).

The quotation above raises many questions : will military powers continue to determine the future of the world ? Can military forces establish a world order based on peace, justice and non-violence ? Does economic development entail military development ? Is economic power equal with military power ? Is there any other force than military that may rule the world locally and globally ? Do the weak, the poor, the marginalized, the dominated, the discriminated, the oppressed, the disadvantaged have any chance to change their state of being in a non-violent way ?

It is to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi that the questions of world order based on peace, justice and non-violence are chosen to be the main subject of presentation and discussion of the third edition of The Rise of Asia Conference Series. It encourages the participation of scholars from a wide range of scientific disciplines (area studies, cultural studies, ecology, economics, geography, history, humanities, languages, management, political and social sciences…) and practitioners from diverse professional fields (business, civil society, education, enterprise, government, management, parliament, public policy, social and solidarity movements…), based in diverse geographical areas (Africa, North and South America, Australia, Asia, Europe, Pacific…).

SPECIAL SESSIONS : TRIBUTE TO SAMIR AMIN AND OTHER TOPICS
A source of fundamental references of the Bandung Spirit-based Academic, Social and Solidarity Movements, SAMIR AMIN, passed away on August 12, 2018. A special session of the conference will be dedicated to a tribute to him. Those willing to present a tribute are invited to submit their proposal following the GUIDELINES FOR PRESENTER CANDIDATES described in the call for papers. Other special sessions/panels/roundtables/workshops will be dedicated to :
- Asia-Africa
- Asia-Asia
- Asia-Eastern Europe
- Asia-Latin America
- Asia-Middle East-North Africa
- Asia-North America
- Asia-Pacific-Oceania
- Asia-Western Europe
- Asia-World System
- BRICS-World Order
- Culture-Literature-Religion-Spirituality
- Ecology-Architecture-Urbanism
- Gender-Women Issues
- Social and solidarity movements
- Tribute to Samir Amin

ASIAN NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY AND POLICY : What role in the Rise of Asia ?
LA TECHNOLOGIE ET LA POLITIQUE NUCLEAIRES ASIATIQUES : Quel rôle dans la Montée de l’Asie ?

INTERNATIONAL AND MULTIDISCIPLINARY SYMPOSIUM
Le Havre, October 25-26, 2018
The most powerful Western countries (USA, UK, France) have been the Master of Nuclear Technology and have used it for both constructive and destructive purposes. At the same time and afterward, some Non-Western states joined the list, including Russia, China, India, Pakistan, North Korea, Israel, and Iran. Tensions have emerged in global politics, as many of the late-comers to nuclear technology are not countries aligned with the Western nuclear powers. This symposium explores why this is. Presenters and participants of symposium will also consider what role of nuclear technology has been in the rise of Asia : whether it is to balance and deter potential adversaries, to meet the increasing demand for energy, or both ? This symposium will also raise the issues of ecological, economic, and social impacts of nuclear technology in Asia and worldwide.

The symposium aims at sharing with the public the state of knowledge on contemporary issues related to The Rise of Asia, i.e. the nuclear issue. The public consists of scholars and students interested in Asia. The symposium invites experts, researchers, public officers, activists of social and solidarity movements, to share their view without formal paper.

PROGRAMME OUTLINE

Thursday, October 25, 2018
Fukushima and Hiroshima documentary films screening, testimonies of victims, conference, discussion.

Friday, October 26, 2018
Asian Nuclear Technology and Policy : Ecological, economic and social impacts in Asia and worldwide

THE RISE OF ASIA 2018 CONFERENCE REPORT

PHOTOS


OPENING SESSION : Amphitheatre Turgot, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, March 14, 2018.


OPENING SESSION : Theatre Raymond Queneau, Université Le Havre Normandie, March 15, 2018.


SOCIO-CULTURAL EVENING : Gymnase Sport Centre, Université Le Havre Normandie, March 16, 2018.

THE RISE OF ASIA IN GLOBAL HISTORY AND PERSPECTIVE
What local and global changes in diversity of life ?

LA MONTEE DE L’ASIE EN HISTOIRE ET PERSPECTIVE GLOBALES
Quels changements locaux et globaux dans la diversité de vie ?

  • Paris, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, March 14, 2018
  • Le Havre, Université Le Havre Normandie, March 15-16, 2018

HOSTING INSTITUTIONS

  • CHAC (Centre d’Histoire de l’Asie Contemporaine), Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris, France
  • GRIC (Groupe de recherche identités et cultures), Université Le Havre Normandie, Le Havre, France, in collaboration with Master’s Degree in Exchanges with Asia and Master’s Degree in Excanges with Latin America, Université Le Havre Normandie, France

CO-ORGANISING INSTITUTIONS

  • Tsinghua Institute for Advanced Study in Humanities and Social Sciences, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
  • Universitas Airlangga, Surabaya, Indonesia
  • Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi, India
  • African Studies Center,Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Tokyo, Japan
  • Department of Political Sciences, Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, India
  • Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, Shanghai University, Shanghai, China

SCIENTIFIC BOARD
CONSEIL SCIENTIFIQUE

PARIS PROGRAMME, March 14, 2018
Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

08:30-11:30 : Amphithéâtre Lefebvre, 14 rue Cujas, Paris 75005
Plenary Roundtable on The Rise of Asia seen from inside Asia
14:00-16:30 : Amphithéâtre Turgot, 17 rue de la Sorbonne, Paris 75005
Plenary Roundtable on The Rise of Asia seen from outside Asia

LE HAVRE PROGRAMME, March 15-16, 2018
Université Le Havre Normandie
25 rue Philippe Lebon 76600 Le Havre

THURSDAY MARCH 15 : LE HAVRE
08:00-10:00 : Paris-Le Havre by train
10:00-11:00 : Hotel check-in
11:00-11:30 : Welcoming coffee
11:30-12:30 : Opening session
12:30-14:00 : Lunch Break
14:00-15:30 : Parallel Sessions (4-5 rooms)
15:30-15:45 : Coffee break
15:45-17:15 : Parallel Sessions (4-5 rooms)
17:15-17:30 : Coffee break
17:30-19:00 : Parallel Sessions (4-5 rooms)

FRIDAY MARCH 16 : LE HAVRE
09:00-10:30 : Parallel Sessions (4-5 rooms)
10:30-10:45 : Coffee Break
10:45-12:15 : Parallel Sessions (4-5 rooms)
12:15-14:00 : Lunch Break
14:00-15:30 : Plenary Report from every panel/roundtable/workshop
15:30-15:45 : Coffee break
15:45-17:15 : Plenary Closing Remarks
17:15-17:30 : Closing Words
18:00-22:00 : Socio-Cultural Evening with dinner : dances, demonstration of Asian martial arts, défilé of Asian dresses, buffet of Asian cuisines (University Gymnase Sport Centre)

SATURDAY MARCH 17 : LE HAVRE
Le Havre visit, back to Paris

ITINERARY
13/03/2018 : Arrival in Paris. First night in France (Paris).
14/03/2018 : First day conference in Paris. Second night in France (Paris).
15/03/2018 : Moving to Le Havre. Second day conference. Third night in France (Le Havre)
16/03/2018 : Le Havre. Third day conference. Fourth night in France (Le Havre)
17/03/2018 : Moving back to Paris

INTRODUCTION
The rise of the West transformed the world. The rise of Asia will bring about an equally significant transformation. […] The rise of Asia will be good for the world. Hundreds of millions of people will be rescued from the clutches of poverty. China’s modernization has already reduced the number of Chinese living in absolute poverty from six hundred million to two hundred million. India’s growth is also making an equally significant impact. Indeed, one key reason why the United Nation (UN) will actually meet one of its Millennium Development Goals of reducing global poverty by half by 2015 will be the success of China and India in reducing poverty significantly. By the standards of any Western moral philosopher, from the British utilitarian philosophers of the nineteenth century to the moral imperatives of Immanuel Kant, it is clear that the rise of Asia has brought more “goodness” into the world. In purely ethical terms, the West should welcome the transformation of the Asian condition. (Kishore Mahbubani, The Asian Hemisphere : The Irresistible Shift of Global Power to the East, USA, Public Affairs, 2008, pp. xiv-xv).

The statement of Kishore Mahbubani quoted above raises many questions. “The rise of Asia will be good for the world.” What does it mean ? Good for whom or for what ? For peoples, nations, states ? For culture, ecology, economy, politics, religions ? In what way ? “Hundreds of millions of people will be rescued from the clutches of poverty.” Does it mean that the “rise” is an economic question ? How about human rights, animal rights, vegetal rights, ecological rights ? “In purely ethical terms, the West should welcome the transformation of the Asian condition.” Does it mean that the rise of Asia is an ethical challenge for the West ? Does it mean that the rise of Asia is not in the interest of the West ? But who is the “West” ? Is it a cultural, political, economical and ideological entity ? Is it the incarnation of capitalism, imperialism, colonialism ? Is it a former power block during the Cold War ? And who is the “Non-West” ? Is it an entity formerly colonised by the West ? Is it including or consisting of exclusively Africa and Asia ? How about Australia and America, which were colonies of the West ? And how about Russia and Central and Eastern Europe, which where the core of the “East” during the Cold War ? And so on and so forth….

It is to discuss those questions and many others that the conference is organised. Consequently it encourages the participation of scholars from a wide range of scientific disciplines (area studies, cultural studies, ecology, economics, geography, history, humanities, languages, management, political and social sciences…) and practitioners from diverse professional fields (business, civil society, education, enterprise, government, management, parliament, public policy, social and solidarity movements…), based in diverse geographical areas (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 2018 (see below for other dates and instructions). Selected papers will be published in a book.

SUB-THEMES
The following sub-themes are not exhaustive :
- The Rise of Asia : myth and reality
- The Rise of Asia : history and perspective
- The Rise of Asia seen from inside Asia
- The Rise of Asia seen from outside Asia
- The Rise of Asia and new world order
- The Rise of Asia : impacts, risks and opportunities for the rest of the world
- The Rise of Asia : local and global changes for peoples, nations and states
- Cultural and religious issues in the Rise of Asia
- Ecological, architectural and urban issues in the Rise of Asia
- Economic issues in the Rise of Asia
- Political issues in the Rise of Asia
- Gender and women issues in the Rise of Asia

SPECIAL SESSIONS/ROUNDTABLES/WORKSHOPS
Special sessions/Roundtables/Workshops will be organised on the following topics :

FINANCING
The presenters as well as simple participants of the conference are supposed to find the necessary fund for their own participation (visa, international and national transport, accommodation).

PRACTICAL MATTERS
The organising committee will provide practical information related to local hotels and transport in Paris and Le Havre. The participants will be accompanied by students of the Université Le Havre Normandie in Master’s Degree in Exchanges with Asia (with their language proficiencies in Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean and Russian, in addition to English and French) and Master’s Degree in Exchanges with Latin America (with their language proficiencies in Portuguese and Spanish, in addition to English and French).