14–16 September 2023
Biennial DGA conference, co-hosted by Universität Rostock

Sustainability “Made in Asia” – Challenges, Trends and Opportunities

Conference programme

The programme is out. We are already excited and proud of having brought such a great variety of panels together!

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Download conference programme (PDF)


If you have not registered yet, you can still do it even after the conference has started. Or simply come to Rostock and register on site.

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Conference fee
(registration until 14 August 2023)*

DGA regular members€ 60
DGA student members (includes Ph.D. students)€ 35
Non-members, regular€ 175
Non-members, students (includes Ph.D. students)€ 100
Conference dinner (optional)tbd

*Conference fee increases by € 15 starting 15 August 2023.

The conference fee includes the participation in all panels, key notes and the welcome reception as well as lunch and refreshments.

Please note that DGA annual membership fee is € 110 for regular members and € 55 for students.
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Call for papers

The German Association for Asian Studies (DGA) is inviting paper proposals for upcoming DGA Conference on Contemporary Asia, which will be held 14–16 September in Rostock, Germany. The conference language will be English. Presentations in German are possible if the entire panel will be conducted in German. The deadline for paper abstract submissions is 31 March, 2023, 6:00pm (CET).

To submit a paper abstract, please follow the link http://dga-conference.de/panel-overview/, select the panel from the list of panels that you are interested in. Click on a title, and you will find a detailed panel description and a form for submitting your paper proposal. Follow the instructions. Since each panel will only be able to accommodate 3-4 papers, we strongly advise early submission of paper proposals. If you have any questions on the respective panel please contact the panel convenor.

If you want to submit a proposal for an individual paper that does not seem to fit into any of the listed panels, please click at the respective link below the list. Only a limited number of individual papers not assigned to any panel will be accepted.

Paper proposals will be reviewed by the panel organizers in cooperation with the conference organisers. Notification of paper acceptance/rejection will be sent until 30 April 2023.

In addition to the call for papers the call for panels is also still open via the link http://dga-conference.de/dga-conference-2023-panel-proposals/. However, this only applies to full panel proposals which already include the names panel presenters and title of papers (up to four). Proposals for panels based on roundtable discussions are also welcomed.

Registration for the conference will start on 15 April 2023.

Final acceptance as panel organiser and/or paper presenter requires conference registration until 31 May. This is necessary for issuing formal acceptance letters to participants who need to apply for a German visa. It also facilitates further planning and preparations and ensures that full information on all panels will be included in the printed conference materials.

Important dates

31 March 2023Deadline for submission of paper proposals
30 AprilNotification of acceptance/rejection of paper suggestions
2 MayStart of conference registration
31 MayDeadline for conference registration for panel organisers and paper presenters
1 July Publication of conference programme
From 15 AugustLate conference registration (conference fee increase by € 15)

Update Oct 2022

Conference on Contemporary Asia 2023 postponed to 14-16 September 2023

Due to developments beyond the control of the organisers, the Conference on Contemporary Asia “Sustainability “Made in Asia” — Challenges, Trends and Opportunities” will now take place form 14 to 16 September 2023. The call for papers will open in due course. It is also still possible to submit panel proposals. 

Call for Panels

The German Association for Asian Studies is inviting panel proposals for its biennial conference which will be held from 1 to 3 March 2023 in Rostock. The deadline for the submission of panel proposals is 31 August 2022.

Sustainability has come a long way from a fuzzy concept to a guiding principle that sets the tone for the global discourse on the future development of humanity. Sustainability is not restricted to the natural environment but also extends to social, political, economic, and cultural resources and contexts. Thus, sustainability goes beyond environmentalism and also encompasses social equity, economic development, political change any many other dimensions. Against this background we invite proposals for panels that look at the many faces of sustainability in relation to Asia or from an Asian perspective.

The Conference on Contemporary Asia 2023 provides the framework for an interdisciplinary exchange and is thus aimed at a broad range of disciplines as well as subject areas that deal with sustainability at different levels. Contributions based on research (empirical-qualitative and -quantitative), theoretical-systematic works as well as reflected practical contributions are welcome.

The panel proposals should specify the topic, explain its relevance, provide an overview of the panel idea (max. 400 words) and include the contact details of the panel convenor. Names of panel contributors and the titles of their papers can already be included in the proposal but this is not an obligation. The conference organisers will notify applicants by 25 September 2022 about the outcome of their proposal. This notification will be followed by a call for papers for the accepted panels. All participants will have an opportunity to submit their papers for a special issue of the journal ASIEN. Panel convenors will – in cooperation with the conference organisers — select papers and prepare the panels.

If you have any questions or encounter any difficulties in using the electronic system, please contact the conference team for assistance.

We look forward to your proposals!

The conference team