Maritime Asia

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | May 4 | 2-5 p.m. | Faculty Club, Heyns Room

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The Institute of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley, in collaboration with the Centre for Rising Powers at the University of Cambridge is convening a workshop on “Maritime Asia” with a focus on “the Securitization of the China Seas in the 19th and 20th Centuries.” As China emerges to become a major Asian maritime power in the 21st century, scholars examine the how, why, and the so what, internally and internationally, about its significance. What can be learned from China’s modern history about the nation’s long-term aspirations as a maritime power? And how does Beijing pursue naval preeminence in a post-Cold War political economy of globalizing connections and multilateral agreements?
Anchored in the disciplines of historical and international studies, scholars discuss “securitization” as the formation of a discourse that is contingent upon complex speech acts in multiple sites, and as a process of politicization that is geographically defined, historically contingent, resource constrained and trans-temporal in its effects.

 ieas@berkeley.edu, 510-642-2809