ASDP 30th National Conference March 9-11, 2023 at InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza


Resilient Futures: Using Asian Studies to Envision a More Humanely Shared World

9-11 March 2023

InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza


The Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP) National Conference provides a space for interdisciplinary and insight-generating conversations among higher education teachers, scholars, learners, and leaders. In a convivial and inclusive environment, the conference promotes enhanced appreciation for the multidisciplinary field of Asian studies and how it is evolving across interdependent spheres of investigation and analysis.


Resilient Futures: Using Asian Studies to Envision a More Humanely Shared World

The ever-evolving challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate disruption, economic inequality, identity conflicts, post-truth media, and political turmoil are opportunities for creative and collaborative thinking that draws equally on historical understanding and contemporary conceptual and technological resources to question narratives and envision more resilient communities and more humane systems of global interdependence.

The conference theme of Resilient Futures invites appreciative and critical reflection on the complexity of Asian perspectives and responses to current challenges, and how they open prospects for imagining global futures that are ecologically, economically, and culturally resilient—and also more humanely shared. How can philosophy, history, literature and the arts, natural and social sciences, and the societal formations of East, Southeast, and South Asian Studies contribute to a “planetary realism” that both sustainably and more inclusively advances visions of an ecologically and ethically responsible humanity?


Dr. Prasenjit Duara

Presentation Title: Sacred Ecologies: Sustainability and Transcendence in Contemporary Asia

The crisis of global modernity has been produced by human overreach that was founded upon a paradigm of national modernization. Three global changes now define our condition: the rise of non-western powers, the crisis of environmental sustainability, and the loss of authoritative sources of transcendence—the ideals, principles and ethics once found in religions.  The physical salvation of the world is becoming the transcendent goal of our times, transcending national sovereignty. The foundations of sovereignty can no longer be sought in tunneled histories of nations; we are recognizing that histories have always been circulatory, and the planet is a collective responsibility.


The ASDP committee is now accepting proposals for the 2023 National Conference. Proposals can be for individual papers, panels, poster sessions, or round-table sessions and should not exceed 250 words. Proposals addressing some aspect of this year’s theme, Resilient Futures: Using Asian Studies to Envision a More Humanely Shared World, are encouraged, but we welcome any that touch on issues in Asian Studies broadly construed.

All proposals must be submitted by February 1, 2023. Early submissions greatly facilitate putting together meaningful panel sessions. No late proposals will be accepted.

Individual Proposal Form Complete and submit proposals to: [email protected]

Panel Proposal Form Complete and submit proposals to: [email protected]


All presenters and attendees must register for the program. Regular registration is $300 dollars. Student registration is $175. Registration covers an opening reception, two lunches, and breaktime refreshments.

The registration portal will open in September 2022.


Thursday, March 9, Tour of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Oak Street, Kansas City

Since its opening in 1933, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has become a nationally and internationally recognized museum with a collection of more than 42,000 art objects. The museum is known as one of the premier collections of Asian art in the United States.

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The conference will be held in Kansas City, Missouri at the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza.  The group room rate is $169.


InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza 
401 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, Missouri 64112

Located in the famous Country Club Plaza district of Kansas City, the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza is within walking distance to a wide variety of restaurants and shopping, as well as the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and the historic Westport District.

To reserve your hotel accommodations at the group room rate click here.
1.    Click on “book now” in the top right-hand corner of hotel website.
2.    Enter arrival and departure dates for the conference and click “search”.
The next page that will appear are the room types and rates available to book.

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The ASDP National Conference is currently being planned as an in-person event. We understand that you may have concerns about traveling, especially given the rise of new COVID-19 variants and uncertainty surrounding the potential number of COVID-19 cases in March 2023 at this early in the planning stages. Please be assured we will take every precaution to ensure that the hotel venue and our sessions are as safe as possible.

Due to this constantly changing situation, we will be releasing the COVID-19 protocols a few months prior to the conference start date. We will be diligent in following all local, state, and federal (CDC) guidelines for pandemic precautions. Additionally, we will be closely monitoring pandemic conditions in the Kansas City area and will consider alternatives should that become necessary.