Naresuan University’s College of ASEAN Community Studies (CACS) will host the 11th APISA congress: 50 Years of ASEAN amidst Contemporary Challenges: Human Security, Conflict Resolution, Connectivity and Democratization.
ASEAN is thriving, in part as a result of continuing macro-economic growth in Asia, combined with increased transnational collaboration and a focus on shared norms. Challenges persist, however, in terms of economic disparity, persistent underdevelopment, lack of conflict resolution, growing authoritarianism, environmental catastrophes and an intensifying Cold War between China and the United States. Other issues include entrenched economic marginalization, discrimination of cultures and religions, environmental challenges, health problems, education issues, gender and gender orientation issues, border disputes, and democratic erosion.
Human Security, Conflict Resolution, Connectivity and Democratization
The purpose of the Congress is to contribute to scholarship about Asia, encompassing interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research, especially with regard to issues of identity, economics, food, environment, health, education, security, peace, religion, gender and minority rights, and democracy.
The activities of this multi-disciplinary conference will be divided into different issue-areas which represent challenges facing Asia. The various disciplines participating include political science, sociology, economics, anthropology, fine arts, international business, geography and history. These activities will be grouped into several panels that will take place across two days. Also, there will be several keynote addresses. Conference proceedings will be recorded in an electronic book of abstracts. Papers from this conference are to be published afterwards in APISA-connected journals or edited volumes.
Themes of the Congress
- Human Security Issues
- Conflict Management
- Security Sector Reform
- Local Democratization
- Social movements in modern and contemporary Asia
- Citizen engagement and political participation in modern and contemporary Asia
- Organized interest representation, nongovernmental organizations and civil society in Asia
- Formal representation, party politics and electoral systems
- Deliberative democracy and participatory politics
- Different forms of resistance in Asian societies
- Communities at the margins
- Politics of internal migration
- Religion and society
- International migration, transnationalization of migration and diaspora politics
- Transnational issues, environmental politics, energy politics
- Creative Economy
- Multi-Culturalism in Asia
- Issues of Economic Inequality
- Issues of Gender and Gender Orientation
- Other related topics
College of ASEAN Community Studies (CACS), Naresuan University
Located just outside of the historic city of Phitsanulok, in Thailand’s Lower North, CACS focuses on issues and challenges faced by the peoples of the ASEAN community as a sub-section of Asia.
Naresuan University is not far from the ancient historical parks of Sukhothai, Srisachanalai and Kamphaengpet, and is easily accessible by air, train or bus. Phitsanulok is strategically at the crossroads of the North-South Economic Corridor, the East-West Economic Corridor of the Greater Mekong Sub-region, and the Luang Prabang-Indochina-Mawlamyine-Economic Corridor.