Asia and Europe: Histories of Entanglement

15 July, the Hague
Anna van Buerenplein 301
Den Haag

2019 marks three decades since the end of the Cold War, its aftermath marked by the ‘end of history’ thesis. Political and ideological transformations converged around an elite consensus concerning liberal democracy and global capitalism. Yet talk of a peace dividend notwithstanding, optimism has given way to disillusionment and resentment, in many Western and non-Western countries. Indeed, the current historical moment is marked by unprecedented challenges, including xenophobic nationalism, systemic racism, an indefinite global war on terror, and a collective ecological malaise. The post-WWII narrative of unilinear progress, and the Enlightenment ideal of collective prosperity, is now questioned.

The ICAS 11 Pre-Event on 15th July at Leiden University College in The Hague poses crucial questions about collective imaginings, in Asia and Europe, in regard to the historical conditions which shape today’s world at local and global levels. How do the histories of Europe and Asia interact, converge, and diverge? What are the enduring legacies and sentiments of these narratives?

This event starts with a keynote address by Naoki Sakai. Followed by a roundtable and report on the Me, Asian? series of dialogues conducted with Asian/Dutch communities in The Hague. This leads to a block of interdisciplinary panels dealing with entangled histories of Asia and Europe, regarding collective narratives, women and political violence, popular culture, and the commodification of Asian healing traditions. Alongside a Global History of Asia student exhibition, the event will conclude with a theatre performance, Hotel De Jong, based on a 1907 event during the Second Peace Conference in The Hague.

The ICAS Conference Pre-Event is organized by Leiden University College:

Registration for this Pre-Event is required. The registration fee is € 25 (this includes full day access to the Pre-Event on 15 July including lunch and the reception).
Registration is closed now, if you would still like to participate in the Pre-Event, please send an email to events@luc.leidenuniv.nl.

Pre-Event Venue

Leiden University College The Hague
Anna van Buerenplein 301
2595 DG Den Haag

Tentative Programme Pre-Event

Time Programme
10.00 – 10.15 Welcome by Prof. Judi Mesman (dean of LUC)
10.15 – 11.00 Keynote by Naoki Sakai, Cornell University
11.00 – 11.15 Break
11.15 – 12.15 Roundtable
12.15 – 13.30 Lunch & Asia in Global History poster exhibition
13.30 – 15.00 Presentation on the “Me, Asian?!” project
15.00 – 15.30 Break
15.30 – 17.00 Parallel sessions
17.00 – 17.30 Break
17.30 – 18.30 Theatre performance by 7MRP The Hotel De Jong
18.30 – 20.00 Reception with walking dinner

The Pre-Event programme details can be downloaded here.