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[공모] THE 4th ASIAN CONSORTIUM OF SOUTH ASIAN STUDIES CONFERENCE

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Vietnam Institute for Indian and Southwest Asian Studies, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences

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CALL FOR PAPER

THE 4th ASIAN CONSORTIUM OF SOUTH ASIAN STUDIES CONFERENCE

South Asia’s Linkages with East and Southeast Asia: Past and Present


ACSAS (Asian Consortium of South Asian Studies) include INDAS – South Asia Studies Program (Japan), Center of Indian Studies – Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), Institute of Indian Studies – Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (South Korea), South Asian Studies Program – Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore (Singapore) and Institute for Indian and Southwest Asian Studies – Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (Vietnam). The Institute for Indian and Southwest Asian Studies (VIISAS), Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS) was among the founding members of ACSAS since 2016.

In 2020, the 4th ACSAS conference shall be organized in Hanoi, Vietnam on the theme “South Asia’s Linkages with East and Southeast Asia: Past and Present”.

1.    The theme of the 4th ACSAS Conference

Connectivity is one of the defining trends of the 21st century. This is reflected in the increasing demand for resources to be invested in linking communities, economies and countries. Connectivity is high on the policy agenda of most countries and global institutions. There are multiple initiatives to meet the growing demand for connectivity networks spanning the globe, to lay the basic infrastructure for economic, political and socio-cultural interactions of greater intensity.

South, East and Southeast Asia are important regions of Asia in particular, of the world in general. The past several decades have shown Asia’s dynamic growth trajectory that helped shift the global balance away from the western economies towards the Asian economies. There are clear imperatives for the three regions to engage closely. All three regions are significant economic groups on the Asian map. All three regions have had deep historical links since ancient times, with established routes for the movement of goods and services along with people.

Among the three regions, South Asia has been considered a region of less integration in the world map. It is also considered a relative latecomer to dynamic regional growth. Linking South Asia with East and Southeast Asian regions has figured in the political thinking of leadership of the regions, but somehow the conditions until recently were not conducive to embarking on such venture. In recent decades, with the rise of India, the largest country in South Asia, the political-economic reforms in Myanmar, and the fast growing economies of some smaller countries in the region, South Asia has also emerged as a dynamic growth region and offered renewed hope of facilitating its linkages with East and Southeast Asia.

It is evident that trade between South Asia and East-Southeast Asia has grown rapidly in the past one or two decades. There has been much more movement of trade along with people. Yet, the regional economic exchanges have not been commensurate with the potentials and expectations. There remain certain challenges in furthering trade among the regions. The continued presence of barriers in infrastructure, trade policies, logistics systems, and institutional gaps continues to hold trade between South Asia and these two regions back.

Contrary to the relatively low economic integration between South and East-Southeast Asia, the cultural linkages and interaction among these regions have been strongly and deeply rooted in history. How to convert the strong historical linkages into present economic development gain? It is believed that deep and thorough understanding the regional linkages between South Asia and East-Southeast Asia will help promote regional connectivity which is a cornerstone of regional economic cooperation and integration.

II. Objectives

-        The conference aims at identifying the historical and current linkages between South Asia and East – Southeast Asia, thereby exploring strategies to optimize the potentials of regional integration and development.

-        It is to provide scholars and policy-makers with useful and update information and materials related to South Asia and East-Southeast Asia relations.

-        To gather scholars, academicians on South Asian Studies in Vietnam, in ACSAS member countries and in other countries of the regions to exchange ideas on issues related to South Asia’s linkages with East-Southeast Asia.

-        To identify relevant research areas for future multi-lateral research and;

-        To strengthen VIISAS-VASS’s institutional linkages with ACSAS as well as the linkages among ACSAS members.

III. Topics

The conference welcome papers on the following issues:

-        Conceptualizing the linkages between South and East-Southeast Asia: formal (visible) and informal (less visible or invisible) linkages

-        Key elements affecting inter-regional linkages between South and East-Southeast Asia

-        Historical linkages: political, economic, security, social and cultural dimensions

-        Present linkages: political, economic, security, social and cultural dimensions; promoting regional connectivity for shared prosperity.

-        Land, air and maritime linkages between South and East-Southeast Asia

-        Sub-regional economic networks/framework between South and East-Southeast Asia: BIMSTEC, Mekong-Ganga Cooperation, SAARC, ASEAN plus…

-        Linkages among individual countries in South and East - Southeast Asia.

-        Regionalism in South, Southeast and East Asia

-        Challenges in strengthening South Asia’s linkages with East-Southeast Asia

-        Any other issues related to the broad theme of the conference.

IV. Time, Venue and program of the Conference

- Time: November 18-19, 2021

- Venue: Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, No. 1, Lieu Giai Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, I would like to invite you to take part in this Conference.

 

The title and abstract of the paper should be submitted to the Conference Coordinator Dr. Le Thi Hang Nga by March 31, 2021 at her email: hangngadph@gmail.com (cc: viisas.vass.contact@gmail.com) the deadline for full paper is September 30, 2021.

The qualified paper will be editted to publish in The Journal of Indian and Asian Studies (JIAS). As a registered journal of the National Research Foundation of Korea since 2008, the journal publishes leading scholarship on India and South Asia from all relevant disciplines, including area studies, anthropology, art, history, economics, environmental studies, history, linguistics, literature, politics, religious studies, and sociology.

We would highly appreciate if you could accept this invitation which will contribute to the success of the Conference.

If you have any queries, please feel free to contact us at vniisas@gmail.com