ISA-AP 2023: Call For Proposals


Global Role of Asia-Indo Pacific in International Relations: Anthropocene, Peace and Security

Submission Deadline: February 15, 2023

The Asia-Indo-Pacific has been a vital and influential region of civilization and prosperity for over 2,000 years, though its potential was severely suppressed by Western colonization and international wars till the end of the Cold War.  Asia’s strengths have re-emerged through the expansion of diligence, education, and fundamental values, especially in Japan, China, India, and Southeast Asia.  By the end of the 20th century, a powerful wave of economic development, social transformation, and international order swept across the Asia-Indo-Pacific.  Despite the benefits these changes have brought, conflicts and tensions have arisen, with the China-US trade war being among the most recent, and they have become widespread.  Tackling these problems requires looking beyond historical hostility and parochial vested interests.  Overcoming regional and global challenges demands the Asia-Indo-Pacific’s urgent action and collective efforts, which are crucial for achieving a peaceful, healthy, and prosperous world.

We have set up the following sub-themes so that we can explore issues and work out the most beneficial actions collaboratively:

1) Anthropocene in the Asia-Pacific and the World
Anthropocene, a geological period describing the veritable impact of human activities on the planet’s ecosystem, has become a primary concern among the members of the academic community. Anthropocene does not only involve the individual or the communal, but it transcends beyond the complex relations of both the living and the non-living, thus, forming a new reality. 

The study of Anthropocene is no stranger to IR since its scholars examine how humanity deals with the challenges of sharing a singular and finite space. Evaluation of the Anthropocene approach is highly needed. Going beyond the humanist approach, Anthropocene is seeking for newer approaches of thinking about humanity’s connection to nature by tethering the fates of both humanity and the planet. 

To meet the demands of the Anthropocene, it needs a deconstruction and reconstruction of conventional frameworks.

2) Covid-19 Pandemic and International Relations
The Covid-19 pandemic, which began in early 2020, has not come to an end, even though we are now in the winter of 2022. Developed countries are being hit by an economic crunch and inflation across the board, and economic and medical activities have not recovered to their pre-Covid states.  We see the spread of post-globalization trends and populism, as well as regional conflicts and the resulting refugee crises.  What can we do to overcome the social effects of the pandemic and create more harmonious international relations?  How can we overcome the prolonged economic stagnation and mutual distrust?  We would like to recruit a panel that boldly challenges the “pandemic with no exit” and questions without answers.

3) Regional Integration and Collaboration in Asia-Indo-Pacific, Europe and the World 
While conservatism, nationalism, and populism have spread in the United States and Europe after the Lehman shock and euro crisis, wide-ranging regional cooperation has grown in Asia, although there are some provocative actors, including China and India.  In addition to giving its support to the Belt and Road Initiative, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, China has recently become actively involved in RCEP. India has strengthened its cooperation in South Asia, centering on SAARC and BIMSTEC, and has established the South Asian University, one of its many efforts to foster the development of young people.  In East Asia, RCEP and CPTPP are growing, and from 2022, IPEF, led by the United States, will soon start making progress.  ASEAN is also developing its own movement toward “Good Governance.”  We look forward to new analyses of regional cooperation and the New World Order, including the lessens and restructuring of the EU and NATO.

4) Security, Geopolitics, and Energy Policy
The geostrategic landscape of Asia and the Indo-Pacific region is undergoing a fundamental transformation.  Despite growing economic integration in the region, strategic rivalries between great powers, especially between China and the United States, have intensified sharply in recent years.  The resumed prominence of geopolitical competitions – driven by a shifting balance of power, competing world views, rising nationalism, and uncertain domestic political developments – has caused widespread concerns about the future for regional peace and stability.  This section invites submissions focusing on the changing security environment in the region, growing geopolitical competition, traditional and non-traditional security issues, conflicts over energy (especially nuclear, oil, and gas), and new approaches to regional security cooperation. 

5) Democracy and Authoritarianism: The Russo-Ukrainian War & the Crisis in East Asia
At the G7 meeting in 2021, when the Biden administration of the United States raised the “Alliance of Values” and advocated democracy vs. despotism, the unity of developed countries behind these values was clearly evident.  On the other hand, the Russo-Ukraine war of February 2022 and its sanctions have created contracting trade, rising inflation, and grain starvation in developing countries, not to mention escalating tensions and militarization involving China in Asia.  Is the world headed towards the formation of a New World Order, or is a new Cold War and polarization beginning?  The panel will investigate and analyze the various directions of a world that appears to be both destabilizing and re-ordering itself at the same time.  

6) Religion and Philosophy
There has been no shortage of intergroup conflict in the Asia-Pacific region, which most often is a consequence of communities mobilized by narratives referring to shared religious heritage and beliefs, and contrasting them with “outside” groups.  On the other hand, the modernist, scientific orientation of the international relations (IR) discipline tends to stigmatize religions rather than acknowledge their potential in conflict transformation. This section welcomes contributions engaging with references to religious symbolism and legacies for political mobilization in Asia and the Pacific, as well as reflections on how IR knowledge production can treat religions in their own right and on their own terms.

7) Gender Studies
In the Asia-Pacific region, the gender issue is a massive, endless conundrum.  Whereas the region’s rapid economic growth in recent years has boosted female workers’ status, the gender gap has not been sufficiently bridged, but rather the risk of backsliding is increasing, and gender-related conflicts have intensified.  This section welcomes contributions that address the puzzle not just from feminist perspectives but from a wide range of perspectives that consider the attainment of global gender parity a worthwhile and essential human aspiration.

8) History of War and Peace in Asia-Pacific and Academic Collaboration 
World War I and World War II had the unfortunate consequence of Japan's continental invasion and colonization in Asia.  The historical trauma continues from the postwar period to the present day, after decolonization.  And in recent years, problems have become apparent even in Europe, which achieved a peace-time community and European integration World War II.  Since the end of the Cold War, various regional cooperation frameworks have been organized, such as EC/ EU, ASEAN, APEC, RCEP, CPTPP, AU, SARC, and numerous others, and have spread widely thanks to the progress of regional cultural exchange and economic cooperation, as well as academic cooperation.  However, tensions have risen again in recent years in many nations.  In this session, we would like to bring together the issues of war and peace and academic cooperation through history.  In this session will be positioned in the context of historical developments over the past 200 years and will consider future issues.

9) Other theme. Cross-Cultural and Japanese Studies, Global South, and any other themes

10) Papers recruitment for Graduate students will be made separately. Graduate students of Master course, not only Doctor course or Research assistant, also be able to apply the Poster session, so we encourage You!


Conference Organizers

Pradeep Singh Chauhan, Program Chair
Kurukshetra University

Soavapa Ngampramuan, Program Chair
Ramkhamhaeng University

Kumiko Haba, Region President
Aoyama Gakuin University, Harvard University

Hajime Okusako, Conference Host
Waseda University

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