"Asia on the Move" - 11th Annual Nordic NIAS Council Conference

Asia – a region that contains nuclear states, the second and third largest economies in the world, the largest global population – is on the move!

Conference Programme

Schedule for Parallel Sessions

Unless otherwise stated all sessions are open to the public, while lunches and dinner is for registered participants only.

The continent which has changed the most in the 21st century is Asia: be it Asia’s engagement with the Arctic region, presence in Africa, economic prominence, or geopolitical influence within and outside of the region, increased population movements in and outside Asia, increased risk of climate change, democratization and citizenship issues, nuclear proliferation and security threats to and from some of the Asian countries – all require in-depth analysis for good global governance.

For example, the rise of China in Central Asia has led to many speculations, including a ‘New
Great Game’ with Russia and the United States. On the other hand, new moves from both parties
on the Korean peninsula may see a ‘new hope’ for peace. Sideways, in the context of climate change and ‘arctic race’, new geo-ecopolitical, and geostrategic dynamics led to the growing interest of non-Arctic states in the affairs of the Arctic. Engagement of countries like China, Japan, Korea and India in the Arctic will significantly influence the evolving dynamics in that region.

Meanwhile, forced migration (e.g. Rohingya issues) and climate change induced displacement, corruption, violation of human rights and citizenship, crisis in Asian mega cities, and rising inequality have huge influence on ‘The Move’ and hence require much attention from policymakers and academics working on Asia.

In this context, the annual NNC conference 2018 will take place in the High North venue of Tromsø, at UiT-The Arctic University of Norway. Scholars within Asian studies are invited to present their research in the form of a paper or poster. Abstracts for individual papers and panel proposal may involve topics from all Asian Studies disciplines in the broadest possible sense and topics could range from (but are not limited to) Asia in the arctic, migration and refugee issues, changing cities, security (human, food and livelihood), energy, mining and
natural resources, history, postcolonial and religious transformation.

 Keynote Speakers

  • Arne Strand, Lecturer, Director, Chr. Michelsen Institute, Bergen, Norway
  • Cholpon Chotaeva, Professor, American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
  • Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv, Professor, Centre for Peace Studies, Tromsø, Norway
  • Mohammad Salehin, Associate Professor, Centre for Peace Studies, Tromsø, Norway

Additional Information on the conference can be found here.


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05.11.18 kl. 08:00
07.11.18 kl. 16:00
UiT - The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Teohus 1, Solhallen, Auditorium 2

Christine Smith-Simonsen