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.
"The Great Wave off Kanagawa" by Katsushika Hokusai; collage: Linn A. Christiansen
The maritime environment shapes Asia. The majority of the region’s population lives within 400km of the coast. The sea is also 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 analyse how the sea influences Asian security, economics, politics, culture and society.
In keeping with its tradition the NORASIA conference also aspires to be a meeting and networking point for scholars in the Nordic region working on Asia more broadly. We therefore welcome panels and papers that are not directly related to the overall conference theme. We also conduct our annual MA-course for Norwegian students writing their thesis on Asia.
The NORASIA VII conference on 'Maritime Asia' takes place in Oslo, 12-13 January 2017. It is supported by the Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation and Toshiba International Foundation.