Call for papers


13th Lodz East Asia Meeting


Power Shifts in East Asia: Prospects for Developing Asian-European Ties


University of Lodz, Poland

June 1-2, 2017



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 five 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 2017 conference will focus on the examination of power shifts in the political, economic and social landscape of the Asian continent, as well as their significance for Asian-European exchange. The Asia-Pacific region has been a place of confrontation for global and regional powers. The rise of China can be interpreted as an opportunity for accelerating regional development, but it also creates concerns about the possibility of rebuilding the Sinic sphere of influence. Japan and ASEAN countries in particular have been searching for ways to counterbalance the China’s rising power, both through enhancing their own military potential and relying on support from the US. In addition, India’s demographic expansion or South Korea’s economic robustness can lead to further regional power shifts in the future. At the same time, the last years have witnessed dynamic domestic changes in a number of important Asian countries. These trends can influence the state of Asian-European relations. We hope that the Lodz East Asia Meeting becomes a place for an exchange of opinions on these recent developments.

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 of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, a Fellow of the British Academy of Social Sciences, and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the University Association of Contemporary Studies. His research interests are mainly on EU external relations and EU-Asia security relations. He has been a visiting professor at universities in various European countries, the United States and China. His recent book publications are (co-editor) Security Relations between China and the European Union, Cambridge University Press, 2016, and The Palgrave Handbook on EU-Asia Relations, 2013.


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


Significance of the Asia-Pacific for the European Union and Other Powers


  1. Interests or values? Relations between the European Union and East Asia
  2. Building new links between China and Europe: One Belt, One Road initiative
  3. Strengthening security ties in NATO–Japan relations
  4. US strategy towards East Asia under the upcoming Trump administration
  5. Trans-Pacific Partnership as a US-led economic integration platform in the Asia-Pacific?
  6. China’s response to US domination: the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the concept of the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific
  7. The Russian factor: Exploiting Moscow’s vulnerability after the Ukrainian crisis?


Competition for Leadership in East Asia


  1. Peaceful development or increased assertiveness? Interpreting China’s grand strategy
  2. A rising India and its regional ambitions
  3. History issues as an obstacle for Japan’s diplomacy towards East Asian nations
  4. South Korea’s economic expansion and balancing between China, the US and Japan
  5. Territorial disputes and peace-building measures in East Asia
  6. Cross-Strait relations at a crossroads?
  7. Dilemmas of integration in Southeast Asia


Domestic Power Shifts in Asian Countries


  1. Leadership stability and change in communist regimes: China, Vietnam and North Korea in a comparative perspective
  2. Alternation of power in Taiwan and its international repercussions
  3. Continuation and change in Asian monarchies: The cases of Thailand and Japan
  4. Economic policy as a source of political legitimacy? Problems of social and economic development in the East Asian context
  5. Western values versus Asian traditions: Cultural influences on political systems in Asia


Please submit a 250 word abstract by March 25, 2017 here.

The Organising Committee will announce the accepted panels and abstracts by the end of March 2017.

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 2017.



Venue: University of Lodz, Poland
Language: English
Date: June 1-2, 2017
Proposal Submission Deadline:  March 25, 2017
Announcement of Accepted Abstracts: end of March 2017
Conference Fee: 80 EURO (graduate students 45 EURO)

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