NZASIA's 22nd Biennial Conference will be hosted by the University of Otago in 2017.





The 21st New Zealand Asian Studies Society (NZASIA) International Conference 2015

University of Canterbury, 29 November - 1 December 2015

Asian Intersections: Identities and Linkages
Asia has long been a crossroads, where civilizations, large and small, and their arts, and cultures, have intersected, interacted and evolved.  This has led to complex patterns of social, artistic, political and economic interactions, which have shaped and reshaped identities over the years, in some places peacefully and syncretically, in some places resulting in long lasting conflict or disorder.  While these exchanges are subject to power relations and cultural hegemony, they have nevertheless resulted in the emergence of networks that bring together disparate communities, at local, national and even international levels. These networks can promote a congruence of identities that intersect cultures and histories, contributing towards a sense of community that transcends spatial and social contexts.  From political communities, such as ASEAN, to economic communities, such as APEC, to NGO communities, such as ANGOC, and even to informal communities organized through social media, interactions have accelerated dramatically in recent years.  What trends can be identified?  What will be the long term impact of the expanding interactions?
We welcome panel and paper proposals on any topic related to Asia, broadly defined, from all disciplines, and particularly encourage panels/papers that address some aspect of the conference themes.
See our website for more information - http://www.arts.canterbury.ac.nz/nzasia/