Southeast Asia in Shaping the Global Economy

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in or organising a workshop, seminar, course


With the exception of the debates on the Great and Little Divergence primarily involving China and Japan, little attention has been paid to the historical roots of the economically dynamic region of Southeast Asia. Starting in the mid-19th century, the economies of this region, either under colonial rule or as independent states, became integral parts of the first global economy (Findlay and O’Rourke 2007; Williamson 2011). The combined impact of Southeast Asia on world trade and migration was in certain respects greater than that of China and perhaps even Japan. Yet the nature of the early emergence of the region as well as its short- and long-term consequences, both for the economies of the region and for global development in general, is far from fully understood.

To fill this gap, this conference aims at bringing together scholarly work country or region specific. Topics may include, though not exclusively, the role of trade, migration and its effects, colonial impact, frontier expansion and agricultural development, local economic institutions, and economic development more generally. Comparative work with other contemporaneous emerging economies is also welcome.
Period27 May 201929 May 2019
Event typeConference
LocationLund, SwedenShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational