Keynote Speaker: Prof. Dr. Jan Nederveen Pieterse (Mellichamp Professor of Global Studies and Sociology in the Global & International Studies Program, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, <http://jannederveenpieterse.com/>)
Chair: Prof. Surichai Wun’gaeo (Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies Center, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand)
Discussants: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Victor R. Savage (National University of Singapore, Singapore) and Dr. Lau Kin-chi (Lingnan University, Hong Kong)FULL PAPER is available on: <https://www.dropbox.com/s/h2yy0tyy7vnjvmb/KEYNOTE1_JanNederveenPieterse_FullPaper.pdf>Abstract: While Asia is rising, a key issue throughout the region is the quality of growth. How does growth relate to poverty alleviation? How much does the Human Development Index shrink when adjusted for inequality? When factoring in sustainability, by how much should growth be discounted? Is what is taking place just growth or also emancipation? What is the relationship between human development and social development, in the sense of institutions that enable voice and participation, inclusive development, and the provision of public goods? On these scores how does Southeast Asia figure in? In Southeast Asia what does it take to move towards coherent pluralism or broadly coordinated action of institutions at all levels?