Events: Global Asia. New Asia? Urbanization and Other Tectonic Shifts

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The spring 2014 workshop was held at Duke University on
Saturday, February 15, 2014:

Room 229 Carr Building (Boyd Seminar Room, East Campus)

Program Information | Abstracts


The fall 2013 workshop was held at UNC on Saturday, November 2, 2013:

Room 569 Hamilton Hall

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Duke UNC Joint Workshops (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)

Urbanization, the economic dynamism of China, India, South Korea, and Southeast Asia and a transportation revolution are fundamentally challenging our inherited knowledge-models about Asia. The Trans-Asian Railway Network (TARN) sponsored by UN ESCAP and supported by China, are in the process of linking Europe and Asia, East Asia with South Asia and Southeast Asia, and through to Turkey and other Mediterranean countries. Asia is shifting from rural to urban, the Himalayan barrier between China and India is rapidly becoming part of the past with accelerating bilateral trade, while Japan, which was the first to become a largely urban society, is rapidly strenghthening its ties with South Asia.

By 2015, 16 of the world's 24 megacities (cities with more than 10 million people) will be located in Asia. By 2030, more than 55% of the population of Asia will be urban. With approximately 4.3 billion people, Asia makes up 60% of the world's current human population. The demands of agriculture and food security in China and India, the environmental impact of multi-directional trans-boundary megaprojects of dams for hydroelectricity for agriculture and industrial growth are integral dimensions of this transformation.

This is an exciting moment for us to be engaging in the study of post-Cold War Asia and the post-Area studies world, to generate cross regional conversations and research, while opening up new avenues for exploring the study of Asia in interdisciplinary trans-regional and global perspectives.

Duke and UNC faculty in Asian history, in collaboration with UNC Global History group, propose to organize two joint workshops in 2013-2014 and further conversations across regions and disciplines.

For further information:

Sucheta Mazumdar; Miles Fletcher



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