23-25 May: Digital Disruption in Asia: Methods and Issues

How do digital technologies affect both Asian societies and the methods we use to study them? Conference in Leiden on 23-25 May 2016.  

This conference introduces the politics of digital technologies to the Asian Studies community. Presenting original research on the societal impact of the internet, it seeks a greater understanding of how digital technologies both support and undermine the power of political and economic institutions, and shape cultural practices in our region.  As Asianists, we also encounter the politics of digital technologies as funding agencies promote the use of digital research methods, such as text mining and social network analysis.  But, how does this affect the ways we undertake and organize our scholarly work?


24 May


08.30 – 09.00

09.00 – 09.10 Welcome: Jacqueline Hicks
09.10 – 10.00 Keynote: Mirko Schäfer
10.00 – 10.45 Methods Mini-Panel: Marina Svensson & Danie Stockman
10.45 – 11.15 Coffee Break
11.15 – 13.00 Methods Roundtable: Tobias Blanke; Marina Svensson; Wolfgang Kaltenbrunner; Sally Wyatt; Maarten de Rijke; Mirko Schäfer.
13.00 – 14.30 Lunch Break
Lipsius, 227 and 228
14.30 – 17.30 Twitter and Digitised Materials Workshops
25 May
09.15 – 10.30 Keynote: Florian Schneider
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break
Parallel Sessions
11.00 – 12.30 Panel One (Oranjerie) and Panel Two (Tuinkamer)
12.30 – 14.00 Lunch Break
14.00 – 15.30 Panel Three (Tuinkamer) and Panel Four (Oranjerie)
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee Break
16.00 – 17.30 Panel Five (Oranjerie)
17.40 – 18.20 Concluding Discussion (Oranjerie) – The Politics of Digital Technologies: Lessons from Asian Studies
18.20 – 19.30 Drinks

Guidelines CfP

If you wish to have your paper considered for presentation, please send your abstract (up to 400 words) with a brief (one page) CV by February 15, 2016 via the conference website. All proposals will undergo peer review and notifications of acceptance will be sent out by March 1, 2016.  Full draft papers are expected to be delivered by May 1, 2016 for circulation among presenters.

The best papers will be published in a special issue of the journal Asiacape: Digital Asia.

Last Modified: 09-05-2016