International Institute for Asian Studies

August
31
2019

Call for papers

CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN AND THE RISE OF ASIA

INTERNATIONAL AND MULTIDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE
Paris, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, February 12, 2020
Le Havre, Université Le Havre Normandie, February 13-14, 2020

CALL FOR PAPERS AND FOR PARTICIPATION
The conference is open to individual and group paper presentations. Those willing to present their papers are invited to submit their abstracts before August 31, 2019. The selected abstracts will be communicated to their authors in October 2019.

INTRODUCTION

The contemporary world system is undergoing a process of profound changes marked by the refocusing of its most dynamic economic centres, moving from Europe and the United States of America to Asia, and particularly to China, which since 2014 has become the largest economy in the world, replacing the United States. This reveals fundamental changes, not only in the dynamics of the world economy, but also in the reconfiguration of the world financial system and geopolitical alignments. In addition, this process is accompanied by significant changes in scientific and technological production, which show a shift in Sciences and Technology production worldwide to South, East and Southeast Asia, especially China.

In this context, contemporary conjuncture of Central & South America and Caribbean, which showed significant progress in the projects and regional integration processes, from a new cycle of political accumulation of progressive and left forces in the region at the beginning of the 21st Century, shows nowadays as a wide field of dispute between conflicting projects, with the beginning of a new wing of conservative governments in the region.

The new silk route “one belt, one road” (OBOR) proposed by China in September 2013, has the capacity to reorganise the Eurasian continent but also to impact the economy and world system as a whole. Certainly, the impact of these changes in Central & South America and Caribbean will tend to deepen, decisively influencing regional economic and political dynamics.

Central & South America and Caribbean seems to be between the possibility of developing new strategic relations with Asia, placing national and regional interests on the agenda and the negotiating table, or reproducing with Asia, and especially with China, the same relations of dependence and subordination that characterized its insertion in the world system during the last centuries. The challenges for the region are enormous and the future mainly depends on its ability to deepen the dynamism of the integration projects, enabling the region to pursue a more active role on the profound changes that are being developed in the world system.

This session welcomes proposals of presentation of research outcome dealing with direct or indirect relations between Asia and Central & South America and Caribbean in diverse fields (culture, ecology, economy, politic, religion…) and levels (local, national, regional, international…). (Monica Bruckmann, Latin American Council of Social Sciences, Department of Political Sciences, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

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