Digital Transactions in Asia IV - 2022 Conference

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Digital transactions platforms & cultures are key to Asian social transformations: what's happening in everyday life, markets & policy?
The Asian region is passing through a period of unprecedented social and economic change, and digital transaction platforms operate at the centre of these processes. Transaction platforms take a number of forms, including point of sale payment apps, money transfer services, trading platforms, micro credit apps, and the multi-faceted exchange mechanisms built into retail, service and social media platforms. The capture of transactional processes within platform ecosystems actively converges social, economic, and cultural exchanges in novel ways. Transactional cultures are thus a fundamental building block in the transformation of Asian societies since, in adopting digital systems, localised communities adapt their transactional cultures in line with their own environments, means and norms. The scale and scope of the shift to digital transactions is at its most acute in Asia, as the location of the world’s digital majority, and as a region where digitization has become synonymous with national and transnational development ambitions.
Transaction platforms are central to the strategic design and operation of platform ecosystems, a digital paradigm that infuses commercial ambitions and state policy. To remake the financial system is to reshape the social system, and digital transactions are laden in each case with powerful meanings that determine the parameters of trust, reciprocity and social relationships. Addressing both the systemic implications and grassroots experiences of digital transactions in Asia, our fourth multilateral conference and workshop event will consider the instances and processes through which new sets of social, economic and political transactions are being established between markets and publics, citizens and states, cultures and commodities in Asia. Following the format of previous events, Digital Transactions in Asia IV will include presentations from across Asia. Presenters are invited to our virtual workshop sessions on critical methodological, theoretical and logistical issues for addressing the rise of Digital Transactions in Asia.
Date: 10-11 February
Times: 9am-4pm (Day One) and 9am-5:15pm (Day Two) *All times at SGP
Venue: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and IIT Delhi, New Delhi, and livestreamed via Zoom
Conference registration: via Eventbrite.
Guest Speakers
  • Bill Maurer, University of California, Irvine
  • Heather Horst, University of Western Sydney
  • Ping Sun, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
  • Usha Raman, University of Hyderabad 
  • Nicholas Loubere, Lund University


DAY 1 - 10 February 
9.00-9.15 Welcome
9.15-10.00 Keynote
10.00-11.15 Panel 1
11.15-11.30 Virtual Tea
11.30-12.45 Panel 2
12.45-13.45 LUNCH
13.45-15.00 Panel 3
15.00-15.15 Virtual Tea
15.15-16.00 Keynote.
DAY 2 - 11 February 
9.00-9.15 Welcome
9.15 - 10.00 Keynote
10.00-11.10  Plenary 1
11.10-11.25 Virtual Tea
11.25-12.50 Panel 4
12.50-13.30 LUNCH
13.30-14.45 Panel 5:
14.45-15.00 Virtual Tea
15.00-16.15 Panel 6
16.15-17.00 Plenary 2
17:00-17:15 Closing remarks.
*All Times at SGP.
For more information, please view the full program (PDF, 161 KB).

Additional note on the venue
Principally, we anticipate that proceedings will be conducted via the Zoom session, but we will make provision for physical presentation should the necessary agreements and protocols be in place for inbound visitors to Singapore in February 2022, and/or for on campus events with domestic participants within Singapore and/or New Delhi. The conference panels and workshops will be held at Wee Kim Wee School of Communication, Nanyang Technological University and Department of Management Studies, IIT Delhi.

Organising Committee
Adrian Athique (University of Queensland)
Emma Baulch (Monash Malaysia)
Gerard Goggin (Nanyang Technological University)
Vigneswara Ilavarasan (IIT Delhi)
Jinna Tay (National University of Singapore)
Haiqing Yu (RMIT).
Enquiries: Adrian Athique (