ASIANET 2022: Asia and Fragmented Globalisations

The annual Asianet conference 2022 is hosted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), in collaboration with the Norwegian Network for Asian Studies.

Asian lives, stories and perspectives have global implications. This year’s Asianet Conference takes a bottom-up perspective, situating the local Asian daily life in the wider global context.

The conference solicits perspectives that are sensitised to the local and contextual, but at the same time considers what this means in a new globalised context. The aim is to get a view at what is happening on the ground in Asia; to understand the role of local knowledges and understandings in Asian worldviews, and how these interact and interrelate with global knowledge circulations, value chains and trade networks. This conference highlights fragmentation and coming together in ongoing negotiations, relations, combinations, and enmeshments that constantly destabilise, reproduce, and reshape worlds. Fragmentation is a productive perspective that allows us to discuss how new things come together: some relations are silenced, or backgrounded, some are foregrounded.

How do large-scale phenomena, such as a destabilising pandemic, play out in ongoing developments? How do we make sense of the MeToo movements that have swept throughout Asia? What impact has the climate crisis had on the local communities caught in its deadly grip? How has increased international mobility of people, capital, information, and cultural products affected the political changes in Asia that are on the front pages of major news outlets worldwide? Does it still make sense to talk about the ‘particular’ and the ‘specific’ when local cultural production trends in all parts of the world?

These and many more questions are explored in the 2022 Asianet Conference held in Trondheim 16th and 17th of June 2022.

Call for abstracts

We invite individual abstracts for talks, and session proposals with a minimum of four abstracts by 21 February 2022 relating to the conference theme. We also accept abstracts that go beyond the theme. The abstracts should be max 250 words. Individual abstracts will be organised into thematic sessions by the conference organisers. We also invite suggestions for roundtable discussions.

Abstracts should be sent to, and should contain the following information: Title, Author(s) name(s), Affiliation, and Abstract. Please limit your affilitation to include work place and current position.

Interdisciplinary contributions from across the social sciences and humanities are encouraged. We also encourage PhD candidates and master’s students to submit abstracts.

We do not require submission of final papers. We also welcome different forms of presentations, such as videos, performances and similar.

This conference takes place physically in Trondheim. We will only consider hybrid and digital participation if the COVID situation does not allow for a physical meeting.

Participation in this conference is open for everyone. Participation is free of charge, but we will not cover travel expenses. There will be a conference dinner on June 16th, and we ask participants who wish to participate to let us know. There will be a small fee for the dinner, which we will let you know in due time.

We will let you know by March 15 whether your abstract or session proposal has been accepted.


Tags: Asianettverket, Asia, conference, SDGs
Published Jan. 3, 2022 7:42 AM - Last modified Jan. 6, 2022 10:03 AM