Call for papers


14th Lodz East Asia Meeting

Asia in World Politics: Past, Present, and Future



University of Lodz, Poland
June 7-8, 2018



The Lodz East Asia Meeting is an annual conference for scholars interested in political, economic and social aspects of Asian affairs. After the success of the last six editions, we wish to continue the meeting as an international event. It will provide a valuable opportunity for the exchange of ideas between researchers from different countries. We wish for the Lodz East Asia Meeting to become a forum for both experienced academics and young scholars who always make up a significant number of the participants.

The 2018 conference will focus on examining the evolution of Asia’s position in the contemporary world. Growing economic prowess and military potential of regional powers has led to dramatic changes in the global political landscape. Chinese growing ambition to play a leading role in the region has met with concerns from the governments of other influential actors in Asia, such as Japan, India, or ASEAN countries. At the same time, globalization and regionalization processes in Asia-Pacific seem to be at a crossroads due to the failure of Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. We hope that the Lodz East Asia Meeting becomes a place for an exchange of opinions on these recent developments.

The LEAM 2018 keynote speech will be delivered by 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 Southeast Asian Affairs and a member of the Asia-Pacific Commission advising the International Secretariat of the governing party in France. For his academic achievements he was made a “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes académiques” and a “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres”. Professor Camroux specializes in contemporary Southeast Asian society, EU-Asian relations, and Asian regional integration. He is working in an interdisciplinary way at the interface between Comparative Politics and International Relations. Professor Camroux is the author of numerous articles on Southeast Asian politics and history, the international relations of Asia and the Pacific and EU–Asia relations. He has contributed to a number of pan-European projects in these areas such as EU-NESCA; GARNET and MERCURY.


Topics that will be considered for inclusion are divided into three thematic blocks:


Geopolitical importance of the Asian continent


  1. Ideology or national interests? Cold war confrontation in East Asia
  2. One Belt, One Road initiative as a geopolitical bridge in Eurasia
  3. Shift in US strategy towards East Asia under the Trump administration
  4. Competition over economic integration in the Asia-Pacific
  5. International disputes and security issues in East Asia
  6. ASEAN as a player in global and regional politics

Foreign policy strategies and politics of Asian countries


  1. China’s growing assertiveness in the East and South China Seas
  2. Perspectives on domestic politics and foreign policy of the PRC after the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China
  3. Japan’s response to China’s rise: Quadrilateral Security Dialogue and proactive pacifism
  4. Liberal Democratic Party’s dominance and opposition parties’ realignment in Japan
  5. Regional ambitions of India under the Modi administration
  6. Russian policy in the Far East
  7. South Korea as a middle power between China and Japan

Economic, cultural, and social issues in East Asia


  1. Ups and downs of economic development in East Asia
  2. Cultural foundations of “illiberal” democracy
  3. Social and political repercussions of income disparities in East Asian countries
  4. Gender issues in Asia


Please submit a 250 word abstract by March 30, 2018 here.

The Organising Committee will announce the accepted panels and abstracts by the end of March 2018.

The Organising Committee guarantees that conference papers will be published in an edited volume of Contemporary Asian Studies Series (open access) or as LEAM Discussion Papers. Please submit your full paper by 30 September 2018.



Venue: University of Lodz, Poland
Language: English
Date: June 7-8, 2018
Deadline extended:  March 30, 2018
Announcement of Accepted Abstracts: end of March 2018
Conference Fee: 80 EURO (graduate students 45 EURO)


Organizing Committee:

Chair: Prof. Karol Zakowski
Secretaries: Ms. Joanna Jatczak, Ms. Sylwia Lagnowska


Conference participants are to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements. Lunches and refreshments during the conference will be provided by organisers.