3rd International Conference

Conference Theme: Developing Asia: 
Past, Present and Future

Organizer: Asia Association for Global Studies (AAGS)
Date: March 28-29, 2008
Venue:  Kobe Gakuin University, Japan

Development is one of the most ubiquitous yet least understood concepts of our age. It is something all governments claim to be engaged in and is considered desirable by scholars, activists, policymakers and laypeople alike. Yet it is also a highly contested term. For some, development is simply a matter of economic growth. Others maintain that it must entail improving life expectancy, literacy, education levels, and access to resources. Others yet, disillusioned by the results of development initiatives, have rejected development altogether, equating it with a self-serving aid industry that entraps the poor in a vicious cycle of dependency. Yet critics argue these post-development theorists merely replicate earlier doctrines of development and have themselves become part of the problem they wish to transcend.

This conference intends to gather together scholars, practitioners of development, and others interested in or associated with the theory and practice of development to debate and discuss its implications and varied meanings. The conference will explore development in Asian contexts both in its objective and constructivist senses. That is, it will examine how societies and nations have developed over time and how experts or trustees have attempted to develop these same societies and nations. Has true development been occurring in Asia? Is it possible to direct development? What have been the results of past attempts to develop Asian societies or nations? Should the concept of development be retained or discarded? These are a few key questions the conference aims to debate. Finally, it is hoped that the event will foster discussion on the future of development in Asia.

Conference organizers invite paper proposals on the following themes (though others will be considered):
  • the development of capitalism
  • globalization and development
  • culture and development
  • education and development
  • development doctrines
  • (neo) colonialism and development
  • indigenous knowledge systems
  • sustainable development
  • Asian perceptions of development
  • development projects
  • ethics and development
  • foreign aid
  • gender and development
  • poverty
  • hunger and famine
  • democracy and development
  • social movements and development
  • comparative development

Proposals should be between 150 to 200 words and include the paper¡¯s title and the author¡¯s name, affiliation, and contact information. A bio of 100 to 125 words describing the author¡¯s background, accomplishments and research interests should also accompany the proposal. Both proposals and bios should be written using the templates provided at:
 http://asia-globalstudies.org/templates. Applications should then be submitted as email attachments to 
conferenceproposals@asia-globalstudies.org. Documents not using the templates or following the specified format will not be accepted. The deadline for proposals is December 14, 2007. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application by January 7, 2008. 

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1. Call for papers (See column on left)

2. Keynote Speaker 

Dr. Jou-juo CHU, Professor, Dept. of Labour Relations, National Chung Cheng University (Taiwan)

Title of presentation: An Overview of Gender Occupational Segregation in Taiwan

3. AAGS 2008 Schedule: PDF here

4. Location

The conference will be held in Kobe, Japan. Kobe is a historical port-city, having a population of approximately 1.5 million. The port-city of Kobe, together with Osaka and Kyoto, form the focal points of population concentration, industrial activity and transportation in the Kansai area. Kobe's urbanized area is nestled between the Rokko Mountain Range and Osaka Bay. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful views of the mountains and the bay, as well as strolls around the vibrant and historic city centre. 

5. Conference Fees
Members: 10,000 yen 
Non-members: 12,000 yen

* For two days of conference only. No one day fees. The fee covers registration plus the reception on Friday evening (drinks included).