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​Global Asia International Symposium | Global Asia in Interdisciplinary Perspectives: Sustainability, Security, and Governance

Published on: 16-Nov-2018

Event​​​​​​Global Asia in Interdisciplinary Perspectives: Sustainability, Security, and Governance
​Date​16-17 November 2018
​Venue​Nanyang Technological University Singapore (NTU Singapore)
​Main Organiser​Global Asia Research Cluster​
​Co-organisers​Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, University of Tokyo, and Council on East Asian Studies, Yale University
​Keynote Speaker​Professor Peter J. Katzenstein,
Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies, Cornell University

In recent decades, deepening global interconnectedness has been one of the most powerful forces shaping global political economy, cultures and societies. Many nations have become ever more embedded in socio-political, geopolitical and military, and financial and trade networks at regional and global scales. In Asia, existing state and non-state partnerships are evolving while new ones are being formed, creating cross cutting ties that spur socio-cultural, political, and environmental movements seeking to address complex challenges. In this context, issues surrounding sustainability, security, and governance demand closer critical scrutiny than ever before. 

This international symposium invites scholars, activists, and policymakers to present research and critical reflections on sustainability, security, and governance in globalizing Asia. Sustainability relates not only to the natural environment but also to aspects such as social sustainability, development sustainability, community sustainability, and government sustainability. Security now includes not only state-centric traditional security (particularly military security) but also human security, comprising economic security, food security, health security, environmental security, personal security, community security and political security. Examples of human security related issues include poverty and unemployment, war, hunger and famine, infectious diseases, food and water safety, pollution, physical and state violence, domestic violence, child labour, ethnic and religious conflicts, human trafficking, etc. Similarly, Governance not only entails government’s decision-making process and policy implementation; it also involves the contributions of, and negotiation between, socio-political groups such as religions and ethnic communities, and other civil society organisations. All these are engaging in efforts to formulate and achieve societal goals. 

Nations and communities in Asia, as elsewhere, are facing interlocking challenges of sustainability, security, and governance. For examples, the way that human security can be achieved in times of emergencies, or how military and political power can be exercised in times of crisis, requires both sustainable approaches and effective governance at national and international levels. Likewise, sustainable security solutions to ethnic and religious conflicts require robust legal frameworks and coordinated implementation by all the parties involved. 

We welcome panel and individual paper proposals that provide critical examination of the formidable challenges in sustainability, security, and governance in Asia from a regional and/or global perspective. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

Methods and models for sustainable security solutions 
Inter-state security under power shift 
Evolution of regional security complex 
Security for global commons (cyber, maritime, and space) 
Surveillance ethics and technology 
Crisis management and complex emergencies 
Humanitarian Assistance/ Disaster Relief 
National emergencies and resilience 
Human rights 
Terrorism and counter-terrorism 
Fears and terrors in social psychology and behaviours 
International migration
International migration
Public space safety and urban security 
Border security 
Health challenges in modern society 
Inequality, poverty and unemployment 
Sustainable policy and practice 
Environmental changes and sustainability 
Social sustainability and community values 
Gender and security 
Sustainable education 
Political system, governance 
and regulation 
Urban sustainability 
Ethnic and religious relations

Submissions Timeline​
​Deadline for panel and paper proposals​31 May 2018
​Acceptance announced​End June 2018
​​Submission Guidelines
​Paper presentation submissions
  • ​Abstract of up to 300 words​
  • Include FOUR keywords
  • In English
​Panel submissions​
  • ​​Panel proposal of up to 500 words
  • THREE paper abstracts of up to 300 words each
  • Include FOUR keywords for each paper abstract
​​Paper and Panel submissions should be sent to

Accommodation subsidies for postgraduate presenters
Limited number of single rooms will be provided for postgraduate speakers on a case by case basis. 

Recommended accommodation 
Conference attendees are able to enjoy corporate rates at these recommended hotels: 

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