Call for papers


15th Lodz East Asia Meeting

New Dynamics in Asia


University of Lodz, Poland

June 6-7, 2019



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 seven 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 2019 conference will focus on examining the dynamic changes in Asia in the last years. The US under the Trump administration started controversial trade wars with China and other Asian countries. At the same time, Washington suddenly shifted from policy of confrontation to rapprochement with Pyongyang, which led to a historic summit meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. Chinese ambitions to become an unquestioned regional leader are still a matter of concern for the other key players in Asia, such as Japan, India, or ASEAN countries, though US trade policies created new space for Sino-Japanese cooperation. Despite the failure of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, its watered-down version has been negotiated, and different proposals regarding the direction of regionalisation processes in the Asia-Pacific are being proposed by ASEAN, China, and Japan. We hope that the Lodz East Asia Meeting becomes a place for an exchange of opinions on these dynamic developments.


The LEAM 2019 keynote speech will be delivered by Professor Reinhard Drifte. Professor 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 foreign policy, focusing currently on various aspects of Japan–China relations, including disputes in the East China Sea, Japan’s policy towards the South China Sea and the growing Chinese presence in Japan. His book publications include Japan’s security relations with China since 1989 (Routledge 2002), Japan’s quest for a permanent Security Council seat. A matter of pride or justice? (Macmillan 1999) and Japan’s foreign policy in the 1990s. From economic superpower to what power? (Macmillan 1996).


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


Different dimensions of fragile balance of power in Asia


  1. Sino-American trade war under the Trump administration and its repercussions
  2. New dynamics on the Korean Peninsula after the inter-Korean and US–North Korean summits
  3. Political rivals and economic partners – new developments in Sino-Japanese relations
  4. One Belt, One Road initiative as a Chinese geopolitical strategy
  5. Competing visions of regionalization in the Asia-Pacific
  6. International disputes and security issues in East Asia
  7. ASEAN’s ambitions in global and regional affairs

Changes in domestic and foreign policies of Asian countries


  1. China’s growing assertiveness in the East and South China Seas
  2. Domestic politics and foreign policy of China
  3. Japan’s proactive pacifism as a regional and global strategy
  4. The Abe Cabinet as a long-lasting administration in Japan
  5. Modi administration’s initiatives in India’s domestic and foreign policies
  6. Russian regional ambitions in the Far East
  1. Different dimensions of politics on the Korean Peninsula
  2. Transitions of political regimes in Asian countries

Evolution of Asian economies, cultures, and societies


  1. Opportunities and risks arising from economic development in Asia
  2. Influence of Asian values and cultures on political regimes
  3. Different aspects of social issues in Asian countries
  4. Problems of gender, poverty and natural environment in East Asia


Please submit a 250 word abstract by March 30, 2019 here.


The Organising Committee will announce the accepted panels and abstracts by the beginning of April 2019.


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 2019.




Venue: University of Lodz, Poland
Language: English
Date: June 6-7, 2019
Abstract submission deadline extended:  March 30, 2019.
Announcement of Accepted Abstracts: beginning of April 2019
Conference Fee: 90 EURO or 390 PLN (graduate students 50 EURO or 220 PLN)


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