The inaugural event in the Inter-Asian Connections Conference Series, this conference was organized around twelve concurrent workshops showcasing innovative research from across the social sciences and related disciplines on themes of particular relevance across Asia. This structure enabled intensive “working group” interactions on specific research themes, as well as broader interactions on topics of mutual interest and concern.
The conference featured a number of events open to the general public, including a public keynote panel, “The Asian Century,” delivered by professor Prasenjit Duara (National University of Singapore) [watch video here].
The concluding day of the conference brought all the workshop participants together for an exchange of research agendas that had emerged over the course of the deliberations in Dubai.
The conference also included a plenary session, “Dubai: Interconnecting Asia,” which explored issues of pressing relevance to the Gulf region within the context of Asia and highlighted the distinctive relations between corporate, private, and state organizations in the United Arab Emirates and their potential role in connecting local and international research communities.
» Border Problems: Theory, Culture, and Political Economy
David Ludden, New York University, US
Julie Mostov, Drexel University, Pennsylvania, US
Dina Siddiqi, University of Pennsylvania, US
» Distant Divides and Intimate Connections: Migrant Domestic Workers in Asia
Nicole Constable, University of Pittsburgh, US
» Initiatives of Regional Integration in Asia in Comparative Perspective: Concepts, Contents, and Prospects
Howard Loewen, German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Germany
Anja Zorob, German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Germany
» Interreferencing Asia: Urban Experiments and the Art of Being Global
Aihwa Ong, University of California, Berkeley, US
Ananya Roy, University of California, Berkeley, US
» Law-in-Action in Asian Societies and Civilizations
Baudouin Dupret, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France
Zouhair Ghazzal, Loyola University, Chicago, US
» Multiple Flexibilities: Nation-States, Global Business, and Precarious Labor
Kevin Hewison, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, US
Arne Kalleberg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, US
» Neoliberal Globalization and Governmentality: State, Civil Society, and the NGO Phenomenon in Asia
Sangeeta Kamat, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, US
» Networks of Islamic Learning across Asia: The Role of International Centers of Islamic Learning in Building Ties and Forging New Identities
Jacqueline Armijo-Hussein, Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, UAE
» Postcollective Economic Lives and Livelihoods: Studies of Economy, Institutions, and Everyday Practice in Postsocialist Eurasia and Asia
Beth Mitchneck, University of Arizona, US
John Pickles, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, US
» Sites of Inter-Asian Interaction
Sunil Amrith, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK
Timothy Harper, University of Cambridge, UK
» South Asia Regional Fellowship Program: Collaborative Research
Gopalan Balachandran, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland
Srirupa Roy, Social Science Research Council, New York, and University of Massachusetts at Amherst, US
» Transnational Circuits: “Muslim Women” in Asia
Annelies Moors, ISIM / University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Conference proceedings, including detailed reports on each of the workshops, full lists of workshop participants, and analyses of the applicant and participant pools, can be found here.