16th Lodz East Asia Meeting

March 12, 2020


Dear Colleagues,

The challenges presented by the growing COVID-19 health crisis forced us to cancel the LEAM conference planned for June 18-19, 2020. At the same time we do not lose hope that the global health situation will stabilize in the coming weeks.

As for today the University of Lodz has introduced severe restrictions connected with the arrivals of guests from abroad and conducting didactic classes – in fact all classes are ceased till mid-April. Moreover, the Dean of the Faculty of International and Political Studies argues that this situation may not only impact the organisation of the academic year but also affect our ability to organise any academic events in the next few months.

Thus, even if the conference was planned for June, in the next few weeks we would have to finalise travel arrangements for invited speakers, book hotels as well as the conference venue. Yet nowadays, due to introduced travel restrictions, many speakers are not able to confirm that they would come.

As a result, we feel compelled to make the very difficult decision to cancel the LEAM conference in June. Hopefully, we inform you early enough to make sure that you avoid any financial loses linked with cancelled flights or hotel bookings.

However, we hope that this conference - in a similar form and with the same guests - will be able to take place in the future. If it is only possible - in September or October 2020. Therefore, we are asking you very kindly for your understanding and patience. We hope that our scientific meeting will take place this autumn. We will keep you informed about decisions in this matter.

Thanks for your understanding. We do hope that we will be able to meet in Lodz very soon.

Tomasz Kaminski
(on behalf of the Organising Committee)

Speaker Lineup
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Prof. Quansheng Zhao
Quansheng Zhao is Professor of international relations, Director of Center for Asian Studies, and Chair of Asian Studies Research Council at American University; serving as Director of the Division of Comparative and Regional Studies for three terms (1999-2008). Zhao received his B.A. from Peking University, ...
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Prof. Jacques Leider
Professor Jacques Leider is a director at the Bangkok and Yangon office, Ecole française d’Extrême-Orient, the Scientific Coordinator of CRISEA, an EU-supported multinational project (www.crisea.eu) investigating integration and challenges to integration in the ASEAN countries (2017-2020).He is a ...
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Prof. Reinhard Drifte
Professor Reinhard Drifte is Emeritus Professor of Newcastle University (UK) and Associate Fellow with the Institute for Security and Development Studies (ISDP) in Stockholm. Since his retirement he has been visiting professor at various Japanese and French universities. His subject area is Japanese ...
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Prof. David Camroux
Professor David Camroux from the European Institute for Asian Studies, Centre de Recherches Internationales (CERI). Professor Camroux graduated from the University of Sydney (BA Hons) and read for his doctorate at the Sorbonne nouvelle (Paris III). He is the Co-editor of the Journal of Current ...
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Prof. Emil J. Kirchner
The LEAM 2017 keynote speech will be delivered by Emil J. Kirchner, Jean Monnet Professor and Coordinator of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the University of Essex. Professor Kirchner is Advisory Editor and Chair of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of European Integration, holder of the Order ...
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Prof. Caroline Rose
Professor Caroline Rose works at the University of Leeds. She is President of the British Association for Japanese Studies, Executive Director of the White Rose East Asia Centre and Director of East Asian Studies at the University of Leeds. She specializes in various aspects of Japanese and Chinese foreign policy ...
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