Samedi 16 septembre 2017, par DK // CONFERENCES

This series of conferences provides a platform for physical meeting, sharing, exchanges, studies, discussion, networking and publication on divers issues in contemporary world through a phenomenon widely recognised : THE RISE OF ASIA. Contact :

What local and global changes in diversity of life ?

Quels changements locaux et globaux dans la diversité de vie ?

  • Paris, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, March 14, 2018
  • Le Havre, Université Le Havre Normandie, March 15-16, 2018


  • CHAC (Centre d’Histoire de l’Asie Contemporaine), Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris, France
  • GRIC (Groupe de recherche identités et cultures), Université Le Havre Normandie, Le Havre, France, in collaboration with Master’s Degree in Exchanges with Asia and Master’s Degree in Excanges with Latin America, Université Le Havre Normandie, France


  • Tsinghua Institute for Advanced Study in Humanities and Social Sciences, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
  • Faculty of Humanities, Universitas Airlangga, Surabaya, Indonesia
  • Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi, India
  • African Studies Center,Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Tokyo, Japan
  • Department of Political Sciences, Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, India
  • Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, Shanghai University, Shanghai, China


The conference is open to individual and group paper presentations. Those willing to present their papers are invited to submit their proposals following the GUIDELINES FOR PRESENTER CANDIDATES described below. The conference call for papers lasts from November 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018. The selected proposals will be communicated to their authors between December 2017 and February 2018.

In the framework of the conference, ASEA (Association of Students in Exchanges with Asia) of the University Le Havre Normandy proposes a Student Forum in Asian Studies. The Forum will take place at the University Le Havre Normandy on March 15-16, 2018. Students or fresh graduates in Asian Studies or doing academic work on Asia from all over the world willing to participate in the Forum are invited to send the abstract of their work following the guidelines for presenter’s candidates available at

The rise of the West transformed the world. The rise of Asia will bring about an equally significant transformation. […] The rise of Asia will be good for the world. Hundreds of millions of people will be rescued from the clutches of poverty. China’s modernization has already reduced the number of Chinese living in absolute poverty from six hundred million to two hundred million. India’s growth is also making an equally significant impact. Indeed, one key reason why the United Nation (UN) will actually meet one of its Millennium Development Goals of reducing global poverty by half by 2015 will be the success of China and India in reducing poverty significantly. By the standards of any Western moral philosopher, from the British utilitarian philosophers of the nineteenth century to the moral imperatives of Immanuel Kant, it is clear that the rise of Asia has brought more “goodness” into the world. In purely ethical terms, the West should welcome the transformation of the Asian condition. (Kishore Mahbubani, The Asian Hemisphere : The Irresistible Shift of Global Power to the East, USA, Public Affairs, 2008, pp. xiv-xv).

The statement of Kishore Mahbubani quoted above raises many questions. “The rise of Asia will be good for the world.” What does it mean ? Good for whom or for what ? For peoples, nations, states ? For culture, ecology, economy, politics, religions ? In what way ? “Hundreds of millions of people will be rescued from the clutches of poverty.” Does it mean that the “rise” is an economic question ? How about human rights, animal rights, vegetal rights, ecological rights ? “In purely ethical terms, the West should welcome the transformation of the Asian condition.” Does it mean that the rise of Asia is an ethical challenge for the West ? Does it mean that the rise of Asia is not in the interest of the West ? But who is the “West” ? Is it a cultural, political, economical and ideological entity ? Is it the incarnation of capitalism, imperialism, colonialism ? Is it a former power block during the Cold War ? And who is the “Non-West” ? Is it an entity formerly colonised by the West ? Is it including or consisting of exclusively Africa and Asia ? How about Australia and America, which were colonies of the West ? And how about Russia and Central and Eastern Europe, which where the core of the “East” during the Cold War ? And so on and so forth….

It is to discuss those questions and many others that the conference is organised. Consequently it encourages the participation of scholars from a wide range of scientific disciplines (area studies, cultural studies, ecology, economics, geography, history, humanities, languages, management, political and social sciences…) and practitioners from diverse professional fields (business, civil society, education, enterprise, government, management, parliament, public policy, social and solidarity movements…), based in diverse geographical areas (Africa, North and South America, Australia, Asia, Europe, Pacific…). Those willing to participate in the conference as presenters are invited to send their abstract before February 2018 (see below for other dates and instructions). Selected papers will be published in a book.

The following sub-themes are not exhaustive :
- The Rise of Asia : myth and reality
- The Rise of Asia : history and perspective
- The Rise of Asia seen from inside Asia
- The Rise of Asia seen from outside Asia
- The Rise of Asia and new world order
- The Rise of Asia : impacts, risks and opportunities for the rest of the world
- The Rise of Asia : local and global changes for peoples, nations and states
- Cultural and religious issues in the Rise of Asia
- Ecological, architectural and urban issues in the Rise of Asia
- Economic issues in the Rise of Asia
- Political issues in the Rise of Asia
- Gender and women issues in the Rise of Asia

Special sessions/Roundtables/Workshops will be organised on the following topics :

The selection of presenters is based on the abstract and the basic personal data of the presenter candidates in respect to the following dates :
1. Deadline for abstract submission : January 31, 2018
2. Announce of the selected presenters : December 2017-February 2018
3. Deadline for full paper submission : February 28, 2018

The abstract is limited to approximately 300 words (figures, tables, and references should not be included in the abstract) accompanied by basic personal data of the author(s) including :
- Full name and surname
- Gender (male/female/other)
- University title (if any)
- Specialism (if any)
- Professional category (lecturer/researcher or activist/practitioner or both)
- Institution/organisation/company
- Function in institution/organisation/company
- Full address (physical/postal address, phone and fax numbers, email)
The basic personal data are to be presented below the abstract (in the same file of the abstract, not in a separate file)

The full paper is to be presented according to the following basic rule :
- Paper size : A4 (kwarto)
- Margins : 3 cm from all the borders (top, bottom, left, right)
- Interline : double space
- Typography : Times New Roman, 12 points
- Article size : around 4000 words
- Language : English, British style, article to be checked by a competent person in language editing before submission

The abstract with basic personal data and the full paper are to be sent by e-mail to the following e-mail address :

The presenters as well as simple participants of the conference are supposed to find the necessary fund for their own participation (visa, international and national transport, accommodation).

The organising committee will provide practical information related to local hotels and transport in Paris and Le Havre. The participants will be accompanied by students of the Université Le Havre Normandie in Master’s Degree in Exchanges with Asia (with their language proficiencies in Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean and Russian, in addition to English and French) and Master’s Degree in Exchanges with Latin America (with their language proficiencies in Portuguese and Spanish, in addition to English and French).