Call for Papers – Upcoming Conference: “Dynamic Asia : Shaping the Future”

Riga, Latvia
13–15th Apr, 2018
Deadline: 15th Dec 2017

On behalf of the Baltic Alliance for Asian studies (BAAS), Latvian Society for the Study of Religions and the Centre for Korean Studies of the University of Latvia we are pleased to welcome both junior and senior scholars from a wide range of academic disciplines and professional fields dealing with all regions of Asia and Middle East under the theme: “Dynamic Asia: Shaping the Future”. Dynamic changing Asia confronts us with a number of issues: power rivalry and rising military tensions, territorial disputes, environmental degradation, economic inequality within and between nations, migration, marginalization, war memory, urban and rural challenges, cross-border cultural encounters, identity in the globalized world, changing models for marriage, work and family, the status of women, shaping lifestyles and modes of leisure. By placing “Dynamic Asia: Shaping the Future” at the centre of attention, this conference intends to put a range of important issues on the agenda, for instance:

■ Theoretical and methodological issues relating to Asian studies.
■ Role of Asia in shaping the global political arena.
■ Social dynamics of the contemporary Asia.
■ Contemporary philosophical issues from Asian perspective.
■ Relationship between tradition and Asian modernity.
■ Quest for anthropological perspective in Asian studies.
■ Representations of Asia in the Baltic states: mass media, literature, arts.
■ Asian literature in the West: interpretations and re-interpretations.
■ Variety of Asian arts and visual cultures in historical and contemporary perspective.
■ Dynamics of religious radicalization/universalization of Asia.
■ Asia in searching for new models of religion.
■ Impact of Asia on the Western esotericism.

Korean Religions Forum will be organized by the Centre for Korean Studies during the conference dates. Panels will be participated by a number of scholars distinguished in the field of Korean religion studies and anyone who is interested may freely take part in the discussion and Q&A sessions. The main topics will be: new aspects on Korean aboriginal religions, the history of Korean religiosity, the identity of Korean national religions and the perspective on religion studies in Korea etc.

All presentations should last 20 minutes with 10 minutes for discussion.
Papers are invited in English.

Important dates:

Submission of session/panel, round-table proposals – December 15, 2017
Submission of proposals for individual presentations – December 15, 2017
Notification of acceptance – January 10, 2018
Early payment of the conference fee – March 13, 2018.
Late payment of the conference fee – after March 13, 2018.
Please send panel, round-table and individual presentation proposals by December 15st, 2017 to: Marika Laudere

Organizing Committee:

Prof. Janis Priede, Head of Asian Studies Department, University of Latvia
Prof. Anita Stasulane, Director of the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Daugavpils, Latvia
Asoc. Prof. Agnese Haijima, Head of Centre for the Japanese Studies at the Asian Studies Department, University of Latvia
Asoc. Prof. Jinseok Seo, Head of Centre for Korean Studies, University of Latvia
Marika Laudere, Secretary of the Conference, Latvian Society for the Studies of Religions and/or
For further information, including the Registration Form and Panel Proposal Form see the link

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