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Call for proposals for upcoming workshop in Duisburg 'Cooperating across Global Regions: Societal Actors, Transnational Mobilization, and Regional Integration 1960s-2020'

Posted on 10 January 2020

Organized by Wolfram Kaiser (University of Portsmouth) in cooperation with the Centre for Global Cooperation Research (University of Duisburg-Essen), a workshop on ‘Cooperating across Global Regions: Societal Actors, Transnational Mobilization, and Regional Integration 1960s-2020’ is to be held in Duisburg on the 8th and 9th of June 2020.

While much has been said about how societal actors cooperate at the regional level, this exploratory workshop will instead focus on their cooperation at the trans-regional or trans-continental level, for example between Europe and Latin America. It will take an interdisciplinary perspective on the origins, practices and implications of trans-regional cooperation among transnational societal actors and adopt a globally comparative approach that includes relations among transnational societal actors from Western Europe as well as e.g. Latin America, Africa, and South-East Asia.

It will seek to mobilize research focussing on the origins of such cooperation from the 1960s up to the present day, taking as its starting point the consolidation of Western European integration in the late 1950s and the 1960s, de-colonization in the Global South in the same period and the formation of RIOs such as the Organization for African Unity (OAU, now AU) in 1963, the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 1967 and Mercosur created in 1991 after the transition to democracy in Latin America in the 1980s. At the same time, the workshop also invites papers based on ongoing social science research to conceptualize and study empirically the role of societal actors in trans-regional cooperation in conjunction with the formation and consolidation of RIOs.

You can submit your proposal to Wolfram Kaiser ([email protected]) until 6 February 2020. All invited paper-givers are expected to submit an outline paper of 8-10pp with key arguments as well as a select bibliography (including esp. works in languages other than English) by 15 May 2020.

Find more details here.