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Militarization and Armed Conflict in Asia

November 9-10, 2018

An international conference at BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY
Sponsored by the Institute for Asian and Asian Diasporas


Militarization – the heightened role of organized aggression in society – has affected all walks of life in contemporary and historical societies across different regions in Asia. This militarization has been Asian-centric in some contexts but has also involved significant external intervention, most saliently from European colonialism, the geopolitics of the Cold War, and American imperialism. While militarization has resulted in warfare and armed conflict across regions, between countries, or within borders, some manifestations are rendered invisible by relations of power, normalized as the status quo. This conference will be a multi-layered examination of cultures of violence, and the structures in which they are embedded within the context of the Asian continent.

With a keynote lecture delivered by SABA KHATTAK, this interdisciplinary conference will explore the of militarization effects, armed conflict, and structural violence across the breadth of Asia from critical perspectives that highlight multiple narratives as well as the intersection of local, national, and global trajectories of these narratives. What are the discourses, institutions, and historical scenarios that lead to regional armed conflict, warfare between countries, civil war, and militarization that painfully peoples' lives without bursting into armed conflict? How can we challenge the persisting legacies of these various forms of militarization and articulate alternative visions of peace and peace-making that transcend the normative manner in which these are dealt with by the United Nations and international/transnational organizations? From war-torn present-day West Asia (commonly branded the Middle East) to twentieth-century genocides in South Asia, the Vietnam war and civil war in Sri Lanka to Japanese colonialism and European colonialism in South and South East Asia and US militarism in the Philippines plus the more popularized sites of North-South Korea tensions, the Talibanization of Pakistan and Afghanistan, and the rising military presence of China, we welcome submissions that analyze the dynamics of these and similar situations. We particularly solicit proposals that focus on the ways in which militarization, conflict, and invisible forms of violence in Asia shape or produce privileges and oppressions through the intersectional workings of gender, class, race/ethnicity, religion, caste, sexuality or any other such mediating social structure.


Program Schedule

The program for the conference is now available. All of the plenary and breakout sessions will be held at the University Downtown Center (UDC) at 67 Washington Street in Binghamton.



The keynote lecture will be delivered by Saba Khattak. Her specialization includes comparative politics, political economy of development, feminist and political theory with special emphasis on state theory. She is the Country Director of Open Society Foundation in Pakistan.


Banquet Dinner

A banquet buffet dinner will be held on Friday, November 9, 2018, for registered conference participants directly following the keynote lecture. The banquet dinner will be held at the Holiday Inn hotel Binghamton.



Online registration is now closed. You can register at the conference venue on November 9 & 10.


2 Hawley Street, Binghamton, NY 13901
(607) 722-1212

The special conference rate of $109/night at Holiday Inn with code IAA

25 Water Street, Binghamton, NY 13901
(607) 722-7575

Air Transportation:

Greater Binghamton Airport (BGM) is conveniently located 8 miles outside Binghamton, NY. For more information, visit the BGM website.

Address: 2534 Airport Road, Johnson City, NY 13790
Phone: (607) 763-4471

Bus Transportation:

The Greater Binghamton Transportation Center located in downtown Binghamton offers local and interstate bus travel, including New York City. Visit the Transportation Center website for more information and to purchase a ticket.

Address: 81 Chenango Street, Binghamton, NY 13901
Phone: (607) 763-4468

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Last Updated: 2/12/20