Joint Conference of Seoul National University Asia Center and Duke Kunshan University 2021 | “Mega-Asia” and Enhanced Connectivity of Asia(s)
As we witness growing connectivity among Asian countries in more recent years, this joint conference between Seoul National University Asia Center (SNUAC) and Duke Kunshan University (DKU) will examine how the processes of connectivity, while maintaining locality, has taken place in different parts of Asia. The first joint event between the two institutions, this online interdisciplinary conference aims to bring faculty together who conduct research in relevant areas together to discuss both connectivity and locality of Asia(s). It further seeks for future opportunities to collaborate under the major theme of “Mega-Asia,” a new paradigm of Asian regional studies suggested by SNUAC to apply a comparative regional studies perspective.
The conference is composed of the following three sessions: The first session examines Asian countries’ historical experience of exchange and resistance. It will discuss historical archetype of Mega-Asia and Asia(s) to understand how it is relevant to contemporary Asian societies from archaeological, historical, and sociological perspectives. It also investigates multidimensional aspects of historical domination and subordination including colonizer-colonized relations, cooperation and resistance, and exchange and connectivity.
The second session discusses possibilities of regional comparative studies with a focus on religious groups in different parts of Asia. Discussions will include religious minorities in Indonesia and Egypt, (re)production Islamophobia in South Korea, and institutionalization of religion-based economic system.
The third session focuses on economic linkage and cooperation among Asian countries. This session examines how global production and labor have enhanced Asia’s locality and connectivity. It also delves into several ways in which global production of East Asian countries has taken place both by the state leadership and entrepreneurs, and how such global production processes move beyond the boundaries between countries, creating space and possibilities of Mega-Asia.
Zoom link: https://duke.zoom.us/j/99487474714
This event is open to the public.