Theoretical Debates on Asia

Theoretical Debates on Asia is a series of debates that aim to address the phenomenon of emerging Indigenous international relations theories in Asia and new political economy approaches to study Asia. It brings together young scholars around the world to engage in theoretical debates on the emerging Indigenous international relations (IR) theories in Asia new IR and global political economy (GPE) approaches to study Asia. In particular, it will cover emerging Chinese IR theories, indigenous theories in Southeast Asia, new political economy approaches to study capitalism in China and India and theorizing power transition in light of a rising Asia.  

Through this series, we aim to create an open, free, and welcoming forum where young scholars with competing perspectives can engage in stimulating theoretical debates with each other. It especially encourages and features novel, unconventional and creative ways of thinking about international relations and the global political economy. 

This series is initiated by Xiao Alvin Yang (Universität Kassel, Germany/York University, Canada).

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Debate 1 | Debating Emerging Chinese International Relations Theories

Date: 08 December 2020

  • Debater 1: Matti Puranen, University of Jyväskylä/ Finnish National Defence University
  • Debater 2: Xiao Alvin Yang, Universität Kassel, Germany/York University, Canada 
  • Debater 3: Weizhan Meng, Fudan University, China 

Moderator: Niki Sopanen, University of Helsinki 

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Debate 2 | Different Capitalisms? Variegated Approach to Chinese Capitalism and Postcolonial Approach to Indian Capitalism 

Date: 09 February 2021

  • Debater 1: Alexander L.Q. Chen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Debater 2: Anil Shah, Universität Kassel, Germany

Moderator: Xiao Alvin Yang, Universität Kassel, Germany/York University, Canada

Co-presented by the International Center for Development and Decent Work, University of Kassel 

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Debate 3 | Power Transition: Identity Shift or Hegemonic Transition?

Date: Thursday, 04 March 2021 | 17:00 to 18:30 EST

  • Debater 1: Liang Ce, Cambridge University, UK
  • Debater 2: John H. S. Åberg, Malmö University, Sweden
  • Debater 3: Karl  Yan, Zhejiang University, China

Moderator: Xiao Alvin Yang, Universität Kassel, Germany 

Debate 4 | Will the Belt and Road Initiative Reshape the Global Economy and World Order in the post-COVID-19 World? 

Date:  Thursday, 29 April 2021 | 11:00 to 12:30 EST

  • Debater 1: Daniel Drache, York University, Canada
  • Debater 2: Xing Li, Aalborg Universitet, Denmark
  • Debater 3: Adam T. Kingsmith, Ryerson University/York University, Canada

Chair: Clara Baumann, Max Planck Institute/Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Moderator: Xiao Alvin Yang, Universität Kassel, Germany

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Debate 5 | It is Complicated! Debating on China-Southeast Asia Relations

Date: Friday, 14 May 2021 | 09:00 to 10:30 EDT

  • Debater 1: Harryanto Aryodiguno, President University, Indonesia
  • Debater 2: Zhaohui Wang,  Xiamen University, China
  • Debater 3: Chester Yacub, University of Nottingham, UK

Moderator: Xiao Alvin Yang, Universität Kassel, Germany

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Debate 6 | Was There a Mandala or Negara System in Ancient Southeast Asia’s “International” System?

Date: Wednesday, 26 May 2021 | 16:30 to 17:30 EDT

  • Fernanda Barasuol, UFGD, Brazil
  • Ferran Perez Mena, University of Sussex, UK
  • Pichamon Yeophantong,  UNSW Canberra, Australia

Moderator: Xiao Alvin Yang, Universität Kassel, Germany

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