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CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON GLOBAL GOVERNANCE

One-day public event in Helsinki on Friday May 7th 10:00-17:00

This one-day landmark event brings to Helsinki some of the world’s leading critical thinkers on global political economy, law and international relations. They will address the challenges of achieving sustainable and democratic global governance in the 21st century.  A central question that will give focus to the debates is encapsulated in this quotation:

“In the formation of leaders, one premise is fundamental: is it the intention that there should always be rulers and ruled, or is the objective to create the conditions in which this division … of the human race … is no longer necessary?” (Gramsci, Prison Notebooks)

Speakers are:

ISABELLA BAKKER, Professor of Political Economy, York University, Toronto; UPENDRA BAXI, Emeritus Professor of Law in Development, University of Warwick; SOLOMON (SOLLY) BENATAR, Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University of Cape Town and Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto; CLAIRE CUTLER, Professor of International Relations and International Law in the Political Science Department at the University of Victoria, Canada; HILAL ELVER, Research Professor in Global and International Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara; RICHARD FALK, Albert G. Milbank Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University and Research Professor in Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara; ADAM HARMES, Associate Professor in Political Science at the University of Western Ontario, Canada; MUSTAPHA KAMAL PASHA, Professor and Chair of the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Aberdeen, UK; NICOLA SHORT, Associate Professor of Political Science at York University, Toronto and TEIVO TEIVAINEN, Professor of World Politics at the University of Helsinki as well as Director of the Program on Democracy and Global Transformation at the San Marcos University in Lima, Peru

This event is open to the public, with free admission.  Venue: Small Assembly Hall, Fabianinkatu 33, University of Helsinki Main Building.

Further details can be found on: http://stephengill.com/news.htm or on http://www.helsinki.fi/collegium/events/critical_perspectives.htm

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Globalisation and European Integration: ‘the nature of the beast’

 

Friday 5th and Saturday 6th June 2009

 

The conference invites specialists from the fields of politics, international relations, international political economy and sociology to build on their experience of applying historical materialist theories in empirical settings related to global governance and regional integration, with an emphasis on the European Union (EU). Working papers designed to stimulate dialogue between invited speakers, Warwick research staff and postgraduate students will introduce workshops in this two-day event.

 

The conference aims to stimulate interdisciplinary exchange on the historical materialist frameworks used to investigate the relationship between global governance, regional integration and the national state, with special reference to the European Union. It will also seek to stimulate a constructive engagement, in one of its panels, between historical materialist, constructivist and post-structuralist approaches to European integration.

 

The conference will showcase and challenge the most promising critical theories of regionalisation and globalisation, including neo-Gramscian, Open Marxist, Regulation and World-System approaches, with the purpose of generating useful connections and intellectual exchange. It will bring together researchers thinking about the creation and reproduction of social and political authority in a variety of settings. Truly interdisciplinary in approach, it aims to break down institutional barriers by forging interpersonal relations, and searching for commonality between fields and approaches which are traditionally considered incompatible.

 

The participation of eminent speakers in a conference addressing issues and phenomena which are highly relevant to the social sciences, not to mention contemporary applied socio-political practice, will attract a strong inter-disciplinary academic audience from European and American universities.

 

Confirmed participants:

 

Claes Belfrage; Andreas Bieler; Hans-Jürgen Bieling; Werner Bonefeld; Peter Burnham; José Caballero; Alan Cafruny; Guglielmo Carchedi; Ben Clift; Jan Drahokoupil; Otto Holman; Bob Jessop; Huw Macartney; Henk Overbeek; Magnus Ryner; Vivien A. Schmidt; Stuart Shields; Kees Van Der Pijl.

 

We are inviting abstracts addressing one of the conference’s key themes:

 

Global governance, the EU and the national state:

·        Sustaining or transcending international competition?

·        The EU as a building-block or obstacle for global governance?

The EU and the global economy:

·        The global monetary system and the single currency.

·        Aid, trade and the relationship with the global South.

Social agency and European integration:

·        Labour, migration and the EU: ideas, interests, and institutions in the regulation of the social question in Europe.

·        Global capital and the EU: transnational elite agency and the European project.

Regionalisation beyond the EU:

·         The EU in global perspective: comparative analyses of the EU and other forms of regionalisation.

·         Explaining regionalism and regionalisation in America, Africa and Asia.

Engaging Critical approaches to European integration: constructivism, post-structuralism and other alternatives.

 

Abstracts should:

·        Be no more than 250 words for a 20 minute presentation.

·        Include your name, institution, level of study, department and paper title

·        Address an interdisciplinary audience

·        Be submitted by March 15th electronically to: globeuropeconferencejune2009@googlemail.com  

 

Other deadlines:

Registration: 15 April 2009.

Submission of paper: 25 May 2009.

 

Registration fee (Friday and Saturday): £27 per delegate.

Includes refreshments, buffet lunch, and wine reception on Saturday.

 

Conference webpage:

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/pais/ss/beast/ 

 

Co-organisers: Andreas Tsolakis (A.A.Tsolakis@warwick.ac.uk) and Petros Nousios (P.Nousios@warwick.ac.uk).

 

This project is kindly funded by the American Study and Student Exchange Committee and the PAIS department at Warwick University.

 

 

 

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