“Pacific” connotes the region around the Pacific Ocean, but also suggests peace and conciliation.
The location of the conference in Hong Kong is perfect for pondering both meanings of the
The Pacific region is increasingly important economically and politically. As a result,
some have suggested that the twenty-first century will be the Pacific Century, placing the
countries around the Pacific at the center of global relations. Countries around the Pacific and
beyond have experienced dramatic economic growth, changing political dynamics in the Asian
region and elsewhere. These political and economic changes have given rise to the call for a
“pivot to Asia,” demonstrating the increasing importance of the region. Indeed, the political,
economic, demographic, and environmental transformations under way in the Asia-Pacific
region will reverberate beyond the region throughout the globe.
The term “pacific” also suggests a focus on peace. Scholars in international relations
have shown a decrease in interstate war, but comparativists note that intrastate conflicts remain
an important source of instability and suffering. The Asia-Pacific region shows that tensions
between states and conflicts within states both remain significant concerns. Hence, a focus on
the second meaning of the term pacific suggests a focus on conflict resolution, as well as the
requirements for building durable institutions for governance. Further, inquiry into the
preconditions for peace suggests a focus on decent livelihoods, decent futures for women and
men, and life-sustaining, thriving ecosystems.
We invite papers that address themes related to this dual meaning of the notion of a
pacific century. We are especially keen to use the meeting’s location in Hong Kong as an
invitation for dialogue between scholars from different geographic locations and broaden the
range of perspectives on international studies.
We especially encourage proposals that address the following questions, and that seek to foster
dialogue between scholars from different geographic regions and intellectual traditions:
You can read about the various types of proposals that we are accepting for the conference on our submission types page. You can also find details on the requirements - including abstract limits and paper counts - on that page as well.