It is our pleasure to inform you that the Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University, together with the Asia and Pacific Sociological Association (APSA) will host an international conference “Transforming Societies: Contestations and Convergences in Asia and the Pacific during February 15-16, 2014 at Chiang Mai University, Thailand.
The conference will be held as a part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Chiang Mai University, graciously joined by National Research Council of Thailand, Siamese Association of Sociologists and Anthropologists (SASA), and Chula Global Network.
In entering the 21st century, various countries in the Asia-Pacific region – from China to the Pacific Islands, from the South China Sea to the Indian sub-continent – are experiencing different degrees and speeds of urbanization, industrialization, and development, yet with diversity and paradoxes. Many countries face rising inequalities and conflicts that threaten their social fabric, stabilities, and social and environmental justice. The conference will be a platform for scholars, from sociology and other disciplines, to analyze and interpret changes in the 21st century, and to examine possible convergences, conflicts and negotiation, as well as suggesting alternatives for the benefits of the respective societies and for humankind.
We are now calling for individual abstracts and panel proposals which accommodate wide-ranging themes, for example:
- Globalization and Urbanization Transition in Asia-Pacific
- Democratization and Civil Society
- Conflicts and Conflict Resolution
- Religion, Politics and Contestations
- Ethnicity and Multiculturalism
- Aging Society
- Urbanism and Public Space
- Middle Class, Youth and Lifestyles
- Media, Social Media, Information Technology and Media Industries
- Regional Cooperation from Below
- Consumerism and Cosmopolitanism
- Transnationalism & Migration
- Gambling Studies
- Fifty years of Thai Social Sciences
We sincerely invite you to submit an individual abstract or a panel proposal which fits to one of these themes. As we are facing temporal limitation, we would be highly appreciative if this information will be distributed among your colleagues or students.
With my warm regards,
Chayan Vaddhanaphuti, Ph.D.
APSA 2014 Secretariat
Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD)
Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University
Attachment: (Click to download) APSA 2014 Announcement