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CFP: Chin­a’s Rise/​Asi­a’s Re­sponses Conference, 10-11 June 2021

Monday, January 25, 2021

15th Bi­en­nial Conference of Nordic As­so­ci­ation for China Stud­ies (NACS)
and the
14th Annual Nordic NIAS Coun­cil Conference (VIR­TUAL CONFERENCE)
10-11 June 2021

China’s power in economic, political, military and cultural terms is mounting. In our contemporary world, this rise in China’s influence has been phenomenal. However, the extent, of its actual impact on Asian countries and societies remain subject to scholarly and practitioner debate. To understand the significance of China’s ascendancy, some would argue, there is a need for concise and accurate analysis of its political, economic, and military engagement, as well as its proclaimed intentions. Tools to conduct such studies on the power and influence of China are, according to some scholars, still missing, and at best, insufficient.

Regardless, what matters is how “actors” (broadly defined to include policy-makers, business people, elites, intellectuals, general public) in different Asian countries perceive, interpret and respond to China’s engagement and use of power. Obviously, some embrace China, while others reject it outright; in addition, there are significant bystanders neither embracing nor rejecting. In any case, how do these Asian actors rationalize their positions? How do they act out their stance towards China? These questions are critical because – voluntarily or involuntarily –  many societal actors assumed to have played a role in making their communities, societies and/or countries become more sinicized, de-sinicized or re-sinicized than before.  If this assumption holds, are these actors collaborators or competitors of China? In what ways, and how, have they enabled or disabled the sinicization, de-sinicization and re-sinicization?

During this two-day interdisciplinary conference, we are welcoming participants to share their findings on how the rise of China occurs, and how China’s rise is perceived, and how different states and societal actors have reacted to it in Asia. Evidence of sinicization, de-sinicization and re-sinicization will be identified and studied.

The theme of the conference reflects our objective; however, scholars are encouraged to think broadly, especially in submissions under the following indicative individual topics of interest:

  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • History
  • Politics and Law
  • Economics
  • Environmental Studies
  • International Relations
  • Translation, Sinology and Linguistics
  • Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language
  • Cinema, Media and Performing Arts
  • Art and Archaeology
  • Gender Studies
  • Literature
  • Philosophy and Religion

Conference or­gan­isa­tion and format

The conference runs from 10 to 11 June and will consist of keynotes, panels, and roundtables, while also reserving time for informal discussions and networking. We invite proposals for panels, roundtables, and individual papers on the topics above as well as any related topics. We also welcome suggestions for other formats. The conference offers good opportunities to meet people in the field, network, and informally exchange views and ideas. 

Prior to the conference is a two day PhD course (8-9 June, see separate announcement below).  Participants in the PhD course are expected to also take part in the conference (with or without a paper presentation).

Key­note Speak­ers

  • William A. Callahan, London School of Economics
  • Camilla T. N. Sørensen,  Royal Danish Defence College
  • Mette Halskov Hansen, University of Oslo

Dead­lines and Sub­mis­sion Guidelines

25 January 2021: Individual paper abstracts (Max. 250 words)
25 January 2021: Panel abstracts (Max. 300 words), in addition to 250 word abstracts for contributing papers

Please submit your abstract/panel proposal by sending an email to by 2pm, January 25, 2021.

Please include the following information in your submitted abstract/panel proposal:
name, title/position, email address and institutional affiliation.

If you plan to submit to the PhD workshop, the requirements are here (different from conference submission).

Read the full call here.

CFP Asia and Africa in Transition 28-30 June 2021

Monday, June 28, 2021 - 12:00 to Wednesday, June 30, 2021 - 16:00

International Conference
University of Copenhagen | 28–30 June 2021

In 2021, the annual ADI conference and the annual NNC conference will join forces with a number of globally oriented networks and centres at the University of Copenhagen.

The organisers are:

  • Asian Dynamics Initiative
  • NIAS – Nordic Institute of Asian Studies
  • School of Global Health
  • Sustainability Science Centre
  • ThinkChina
  • UCPH Global Development

Call for Papers and Panels

Linkages between Asia and Africa have a transformative impact across the globe in areas ranging from economic development, climate and demography to health and health care, politics and entertainment. Placing Asia-Africa engagement and dynamics as focal points, this conference will feature keynote speeches and a range of panels and roundtables across disciplines, temporalities and themes.

We invite abstracts for paper presentations addressing one of the panels listed below:

• Asian partners in the transition of ports in Africa … »
• Banal democracies: Beyond electoral temporality … »
• China going global: Historical trajectories, current debates, and future prospects … »
• Constructing historical and identity narratives in Central Eurasia … »
• Engendering humanity in Africa and Asia … »
• Foreign agricultural investments as driver of rural transformation? … »
• From recipients to donors: New engagement of Asian countries in humanitarian aid in Africa … »
• Health systems in transition: Human health resources as agents of change … »
• Local expressions of global ideas: Negotiating modernity, aesthetics and cultural heritage in African and Asian museums … »
• Situated natalisms – familial and filial forms in Africa and Asia … »
• The geopolitics of China’s rise in Africa: Implications and challenges for democratisation and human rights … »
• The geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific … »
• The making of Belt and Road Initiative projects in African states: Local actors, interests and policy link-ups … »
• Urbanization in rural regions of Africa and Asia … »

Your submission should include:

• Name, affiliation, short bio
• Abstract including title (up to 250 words)
• Intended panel

We also invite full panel proposals on Asia – Africa related themes. Your submission should include:

• Name, affiliation and contact details of convener/contact person
• Title and description of panel (up to 250 words)
• Name and affiliation of 3-4 presenters in the panel, title of their presentations and abstracts (each up to 250 words)

Read the full call here

Deadline for submitting abstracts or full panel proposals: 31 January 2021
Proposals should be submitted via email to

In the event that we receive more proposals than we can accommodate, the organisers and conveners will decide among the submitted proposals.

Keynote Speakers

  •     Ching Kwan Lee, Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles
  •     Jonathan Rigg, Professor and Chair in Human Geography at the University of Bristol
  •     Reiner Klingholz, Former Director of Berlin Institute for Population and Development

Read more about the conference here