august, 2022

22aug(aug 22)09:0026(aug 26)17:00Generation Asia Conference 202209:00 - 17:00 (26) Veröld - House of Vigdís Event Organized By: Vigdís Institute and International Centre Event Type :Conference

Event Details

About the Conference

About the Conference

Conference: Generation Asia – 2022 Nordic NIAS Council Conference

Date: 22-26 August 2022

Venue: University of Iceland


How is generational change transforming society, culture and politics across Asia? Does a creative, iconoclastic Generation Z pose a major challenge to traditional hierarchies and values? What is the impact of demographic change in countries with a rapidly aging population? Is there something we can learn from Asian traditions of intergenerational exchange?

These and many other intriguing questions arise from the theme of the 2022 NNC conference.

As always, we welcome papers and panels on all aspects of Asian studies, not limited to the conference theme, from across the humanities and social sciences.

The 2022 Nordic NIAS Council conference will be organized by the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute for Foreign Languages at the University of Iceland, Reykjavík, in collaboration with the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies:

Main conference: 22-24 August (Monday to Wednesday)

PhD workshop: 25-26 August (Thursday to Friday)


Conference website:

Inquiries regarding the conference:

Please inform us if you are also planning to attend the upcoming EACS Conference (European Association for Chinese Studies) on 24–27 Aug 2022. In such case we can schedule your session on day one or two in the Reykjavík program.


Conference Committee

Kristín Ingvarsdóttir, Lecturer in Contemporary Japanese Studies, University of Iceland (lead organizer)
Duncan McCargo, Director, Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS)
Geir Sigurðsson, Professor of Chinese Studies, University of Iceland
Gunnella Þorgeirsdóttir, Lecturer in Japanese Studies, University of Iceland

Call for Panel Proposals

Main conference

Panel proposals should be submitted by 10 January 2022 to

Proposals should include a title and 150 word abstract. Please indicate whether you are planning a traditional panel format (with 3-4 papers) or a roundtable discussion (3-5 speakers). If you have already identified potential speakers, please give their names and affiliations. We are striving for diverse conference participation in terms of gender, institution, nationality, origin and career stage (for example, no same-university or same-sex line-ups please).

Once we have received the panel proposals we will make an announcement for paper submissions. Based on the paper titles received, we may create some double panels on the proposed topics or organize individual papers into new panels.


PhD workshop

We will issue a call for papers shortly.

Important Dates
Important Dates

10 January 2022              Deadline for submission of panel proposals

22-24 August 2022          Main conference

25-26 August 2022          PhD workshop

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Confirmed keynotes:

Carol Gluck
George Sansom Professor of History, Columbia University

Carol Gluck specializes in modern Japan, from the late nineteenth century to the present; international relations; World War II, and history-writing and public memory in Asia and the West. She received her B.A. from Wellesley (1962) and her Ph.D. from Columbia (1977). She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society; former President of the Association for Asian Studies; currently co-chair of the Trustees Emeriti of Asia Society and member of the Board of Directors of Japan Society. She is a founding member and past chair of Columbia’s Committee on Global Thought.

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Chelsea Szendi Schieder
Professor, Faculty of Economics, Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo

Chelsea Szendi Schieder is a historian of contemporary Japan, focusing on social movements and gendered politics, she writes about protest, women, violence, and Japan for academic and more general audiences. After earning her Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Cultures and History at Columbia University in 2014, she worked at Meiji University and is now Professor in the Department of Economics, Aoyama Gakuin University. She published her first book in 2021, entitled “Coed Revolution: The Female Student in the Japanese New Left” (Duke University Press).

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Fees and Registration - TBC

Fees and Registration

To be confirmed

Instructions for Presenters - TBC

Instructions for Presenters

To be confirmed.

Conference Program - TBC

Conference Program

To be confirmed

Practical Information

Practical Information


Up-to-date information about COVID-19 for travelling to Iceland is available HERE.


The plan is to hold the conference as an in-person event at the University of Iceland if the covid situation allows for it.

University of Iceland campus is within walking distance from many hotels and accommodation options in downtown and west Reykjavík.

Closest bus-stops are Háskólabíó, Hótel Saga and, somewhat further away, Háskóli Íslands or Hagatorg.


Tourism in Iceland has grown immensely and moderately-priced lodging is quick to fill up. We encourage conference participants to book accommodation as early as possible to avoid high prices and limited availability. Websites such as,, and will provide information about a range of accommodation possibilities. For more information about hotels and other types of lodging in Reykjavik, see HERE.


Keflavík International Airport (KEF), the main airport in Iceland, is located 40 kilometers from Reykjavík, the capital city. Over 20 airlines offer flights to and from Iceland through the airport. For information about flights to Iceland, see HERE.

Transportation to Reykjavík from the airport is available by bus, Flybus or taxi, see HERE

The only public transportation in Reykjavík is the bus system, commonly called Stræto. See their website for information about fares, timetable, and a route planner, HERE.

The two main taxi companies in Reykjavík are Hreyfill, tel. +354 588 55 22 see HERE and Taxi BSR, tel. +354- 56 10000, see HERE. When calling for a taxi you can expect it to arrive within 10 minutes.

For a map of the University of Iceland see HERE.


The Internet can be accessed through Eduroam on the University premises.


The official currency in Iceland is ISK (Icelandic krona). Recognised credit/debit cards are accepted in all restaurants, shops, hotels and cash machines. For the official exchange rate of ISK towards major currencies, see HERE.


The native language in Iceland is Icelandic, but English is widely used.

Social Programme - TBC

Social Programme

To be confirmed.


22 (Monday) 09:00 - 26 (Friday) 17:00


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