Asian Urbanization Conference on Globalization and the Asian City to begin March 1 on UGA Campus

ATHENS, Ga. – The Seventh Annual Asian Urbanization Conference will take place at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education on the University of Georgia campus March 1-3, according to Associate Dean Clifton Pannell of UGA’s Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, one of the event’s organizers.

The conference brings together specialists from around the world who seek a greater understanding of urbanization processes and forms in Asia. It also serves as this year’s miniconference for UGA’s department of geography.

“This conference builds on a tradition of occasional conferences started in 1985 and aimed at understanding the largest and most rapidly urbanizing regional populations on Earth,” said Pannell, “especially those concentrated in China and India.”

The main focus of the conference, whose sessions are open free to those interested in attending, is the changing character of globalization as seen through the Asian experience.

Among topics for discussion will be changing demographic patterns, migration, labor movements and economic shifts. Events at the Georgia Center will be held all day Saturday and Sunday, March 1 and 2, and Monday, March 3, will be devoted to field trips in Atlanta.

The conference will open with a keynote address on March 1 at 4 p.m.: “Asia’s Urban Futures: Challenges into Known and Unknown Worlds,” by Stanley Brunn of the University of Kentucky.

For further information on the conference, contact Melanie Baer at the Georgia Center at (706) 542-6465.