North-Eastern Hill University
Shillong 793 022, India

Department of Geography


UGC SAP International Seminar on
Mapping Changes in South and South-East Asia: Geopolitics, Economy and Demography
24-26 March, 2011

The Theme
Power distribution in the South and Southeast Asia is rapidly changing. But the principal questions remain as to how it is changing and how the region will deal with it. Relations among the main powers are generally positive and no significant power is fundamentally dissatisfied with the status quo.  This is despite uneasy relations between North and South Korea, mainland China and Taiwan or India and Pakistan. But the contradictions are being ‘managed’ and the outlook is generally positive. The rise or re-emergence of some powers, and of Asia as a region, does not mean that others are declining. It represents a move toward a more even distribution of power.

The combination of the rise of Asia, globalization, and the emergence of economies driven by consumer demand and domestic investment presents the possibility that the dispersion of economic prosperity and power within South and Southeast Asia could be a stabilizing development over the long run. China has become a model of rapid market based growth. India’s increasing opening and growth rates are quite impressive. There is evidence of growing role for domestic consumption and investment as economic drivers in the more dynamic economies of the region. There is increasing recognition of the need for balance in overall international trade and financial flow. However, the immediate increases in interdependence, the rapidity and deep impact of the changes, and the gaps in management systems (especially concerning financial flows mean that continued stable growth is far from certain. Regional and global economies remain vulnerable to disruptions in one market quickly spreading to others. Key resource issues such as energy and water could overshadow the rest of the economic picture. The institutional arrangement of the region’s multilateral economic order is still in flux.

Global Climate Change and the perceived threats to economies on account of global warming and related extreme events are becoming increasingly political. The contributors to carbon emission are increasingly being attributed to higher level of consumption and population growth. China’s experience in increasing carbon emissions following its market oriented growth has attracted serious attention. So also efforts in minimizing emissions are becoming contentious issues.

Rapidly changing demography of the region in the wake of fertility controls, increasing life expectancy and consequent ageing is another important issue that needs scholarly treatment. The region, once considered the focus of population explosion is rapidly moving into a low fertility regime. While this could have been a welcome development for the developing economies, fears are being expressed for its possible fall out in terms of ageing and its debilitating consequences for some economies.

All these issues as outlined above cannot be treated within single disciplinary focus. The proposed seminar is therefore inherently interdisciplinary in its content and approach. Contributions are expected from social scientists working in an inter-disciplinary perspective on any of the three major issues identified: Geopolitics, Economy and Demography. The seminar themes are purposively kept as broad as possible to attract wide ranging issues contained in this concept note but not necessarily confined only to those issues stated. Contributors can go beyond these issues and suggest more pertinent issues not directly addressed in this concept note.

The venue of the Seminar is at the North-Eastern Hill University, located at Mawkynroh, Umshing (Mawlai). The guest house is located in the campus. The entire academic programme apart from Inauguration will be held within this campus.

Call for Papers
It is our pleasure to invite you to contribute a research paper on the themes outlined. Participants intending to present paper (s) are requested to send abstract (300 words) of the research paper on or before 28th February, 2011 by email to the Organising Secretary. The full length paper with maps and diagrams should be sent latest by 10th March 2011. For oral presentation facilities of LCD, OHP and Slide Projectors will be available.

Travel and Travel Support
Subject to availability of adequate funds, a limited number of participants shall be provided travel support who cannot be sponsored by their own institutions. Participants are strongly advised to approach their parent organisation for travel support.

The nearest railway station and airport is located at Guwahati, nearly 100 kilometers (125 kilometers from the airport) from Shillong. There are a number of flights connecting Guwahati with most other Indian cities including Kolkata Mumbai and New Delhi. Guwahati is well connected by train with New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Cochin, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar and most other cities of India. There is a helicopter service connecting Guwahati and Shillong. Frequent Luxury buses and taxis/Sumo are available between Guwahati and Shillong.

Shillong, the venue of the Conference, during March, is generally pleasant. The temperatures around end March ranges between 20 º C. (Max) and 12 º C. (Min). Light woolens are recommended. Though Shillong is generally free from rains around this time of the year, occasional showers are not ruled out which may bring down the temperature.

Accommodation and Hospitality
The delegates will be treated as our guests and shall be extended free boarding and lodging. Arrangements are being made to accommodate the delegates in the Guest House of the University. However participants intending to stay in a hotel will be required to pay for their accommodation. Hotel arrangements can be made on request after receiving 50% of the tariff to be indicated to desirous participants on receiving request for hotel accommodation.

Participants are required to register for the seminar by filling up the attached registration form and send it to the Organising secretary before 28th February, 2010. The registration fee may kindly be sent in the name of the Convenor, SAP International Seminar Payable at Shillong. Subject to receiving adequate funds, registration fee shall be waived on request, for those participants who will be unable to find a sponsor.

Registration fee
Indian Delegates  Rs. 1000/-
Delegates from SAARC Countries: USD 50
Delegates from other Asian Countries: USD 70
Delegates from other countries: USD 100
Accompanying Person/Students/research scholars: USD 25/Rs. 500

Post Conference Tour
One Day Post Conference tour to Cherrapunjee shall be organized depending upon adequate response for the same.


Prof. B. S. Mipun
Convenor, International Conference
Department of Geography, North-Eastern Hill University
Shillong-793022 India
Tel: +91 9436102075

Prof. D.K. Nayak
Organising Secretary, International Conference
Department of Geography, North-Eastern Hill University
Shillong-793022 India
Tel: +91 9436103290

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