OBIC Conference 2022

Challenges and Sustainability in the Post-Covid-19 Era: Asian Responses to Economic, Security, and Social Dilemmas

May 5-6, 2022
Budapest, Hungary
Venue: Budapest Business School, 1055 Budapest, Markó Street 29-31

On 5-6th May 2022, OBIC organized its fifth OBIC Conference titled "Challenges and Sustainability in the Post-Covid-19 Era: Asian Responses to Economic, Security, and Social Dilemmas".

During the two days, guests could listen to various, engaging topics ranging from geopolitics to intercultural relations, and examine the diverse responses to the challenges that emerged during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Please find further key information below (Important Dates, Keynote Speakers etc.).

Topic of the Conference

The recently started decade - the 2020s - has brought about a number of challenges in our world that made a turmoil in global dimensions. People in Europe and Asia and in all continents need to face either new phenomena, like the Covid-19 pandemic, or such risks that we have been aware of for a long time, but they hit out of a sudden in an unexpectedly high extent, like migration crisis, climate change and a foreseeable energy crisis.

All these new factors get infiltrated into our lives and one may say that life will probably never be the same as before. It can also be clearly seen that - contrary to the endeavors being always present in politicians' rhetoric - the global or regional organizations could not achieve much so far to create consensus and generate tangible results in combating against these global risk factors. Therefore, countries - at nation-state level - had to choose methods and instruments by which they try to tackle these challenges. By this reason it is really important and could be beneficial to get to know more about those good practices by which Asian countries could successfully handle the Covid-19 pandemic and other global risks, moreover, to get a better understanding of their experiences in their ways of sustainable development. The scope is wide: it comprises security measures, economic policy instruments, social and environmental implications, and many other related fields.

The goal of the OBIC Conference is to provide scholars and professionals with an excellent opportunity to exchange their views and share experiences in this broad field. PhD candidates are also welcome to present their most recent research in a separate panel.

Since Budapest Business School (BBS) focuses on applied sciences in its research agenda, the OBIC Conference would mainly invite papers focusing on the following topics and arrange the panels according to them. 

Topics and panel themes:

  • Security issues - new political challenges in Asia
  • Covid-19 pandemic and its implications
  • Economic challenges - gaps in global supply chains, post-Covid restoration
  • Energy security and crisis
  • New trends in migration
  • Climate change
  • Social implications, awareness of sustainable development 

  • Special panel theme: Challenges and Sustainability of the Asian Creative and Cultural Industry

The recent popularity of the Asian Creative and Cultural Industrial (CCI) products and contents - such as the South Korean TV series and pop music, Chinese movies, etc. - calls the attention of this economic soft factor which could increaste export revenues even during the pandemia. However, experts usually wonder how long this popularity will continue and how it can contibute to the the growth of the economy of the Asian countires. The scope of the conference session is to try to answer these questions, ephasizing the challenges and sustainability of the CCI.

Keynote Speakers

Ádám Banai, PhD
Executive Director for Monetary Policy Instruments and Foreign Reserve Management, Magyar Nemzeti Bank (MNB, the Central Bank of Hungary); Associate Professor, Department of the Magyar Nemzeti Bank, John von Neumann University

Ádám Banai holds a PhD in Finance from Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary. He joined the Financial Stability Department of the Magyar Nemzeti Bank (Central Bank of Hungary) in 2008. From 2013 to 2017 he was the head of the Applied Research and Stress-testing Department. From mid-2017 he was the director of Financial System Analysis Directorate. He holds his current position from 2020. He is a member of the Financial Stability Board in Hungary and the supervisory board at KELER CCP. He is a guest lecturer and a member of the advisory board at ESCP Europe Institute of Real Estate Finance and Management. His main research fields are stress testing, systemic risk, macroprudential policy, real estate market. He has several papers, articles published in high level journals.

David Camroux, PhD
Honorary Senior Research FellowCentre de Recherches Internationales (CERI);
Adjunct Professor, Institut d'Études Politiques, Sciences Po

Dr. David Camroux is Honorary Senior Research Fellow within the Centre de Recherches Internationales (CERI). At Sciences Po he is also an Adjunct Professor at the Institut d'Études Politiques (IEP) in Paris, where he teaches on contemporary Southeast Asian politics and society, EU-Asian relations, and Asian regional integration. In September 2016, he was appointed as Professorial Fellow at the Vietnam National University (USSH), Hanoi. He has been a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics, the Central European University, Chulalongkorn University, Gadjah Mada University, Waseda University, the University of Yangon, and Korea University. Working in an interdisciplinary way at the interface between Comparative Politics and International Relations, he is the author of numerous articles on Southeast Asian politics and history, the international relations of the Asia-Pacific and EU-Asia relations. David Camroux graduated from the University of Sydney (BA Hons) and read for his doctorate at the Sorbonne nouvelle (Paris III). He is the co-editor of The Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs. He is a regular commentator on Southeast Asian and Pacific affairs for French media.

Doobo Shim, PhD
Dean, College of Social Sciences, Professor of Media Communication, Sungshin Women's University

Doobo Shim is currently Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Professor of Media and Communication at Sungshin Women's University, Seoul, South Korea. He previously served as assistant professor at the National University of Singapore and visiting scholar at Duke University, USA. He does research on media and communication within critical, cultural, and historical perspectives, while his recent research has focused on Korean popular culture and its fandom overseas. His research has been honored by several academic societies including the National Communication Association (USA), and at the Global Fusion Conference. He authored and co-authored several books in Korean and English, and has published essays in Media, Culture & Society, Asian Journal of Women's Studies, Korea Journal, and other journals. He has been an editorial board member of many academic journals including International Journal of Cultural Studies and Asian Communication Research.

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