NORASIA VII: Maritime Asia
The Network for Asian Studies (Asianettverket) invites to the conference NorAsia VII: Maritime Asia. The conference will explore maritime Asia from multiple perspectives, and will also function as a meeting and networking point for scholars in the Nordic region working on Asia more broadly. This will take place at the University of Oslo, Blindern, January 12 and 13 2017.
The maritime environment shapes Asia, and the majority of the region’s population lives within 400km of the coast. The sea is its economic lifeline, allowing for the import of the vital energy and raw materials and for the export of goods. It is a resource to be exploited with large fishing grounds and substantial reserves of oil and gas under the sea floor. However, the sea has increasingly become a crucible for inter-state competition. China’s rise and move to the sea is altering the regional balance of power and challenging international norms. Clashing claims of sovereignty and resource exploitation rights have fueled increasing militarization in the region. What occurs at sea in East Asia has a substantial impact on the region, the Indo-Pacific and beyond. This conference aims to explore maritime Asia from multiple perspectives to analyze how the sea influences Asian security, economics, politics, culture and society.
As well as the conference in itself, a MA-course for Norwegian students writing their thesis on Asia will also be conducted.
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