HomeA world of regions?

A world of regions?

Un monde de régions ?

Interdisciplinary Dialogue on Regional Integration Around the World

Échanges et croisements disciplinaires sur l'intégration régionale dans le monde

*  *  *

Published on Monday, February 11, 2019 by Céline Guilleux

Summary

In academic readings of globalised space, relatively scant attention is paid to large-scale regions – in the sense of groupings of neighbouring countries, typically featuring greater interaction between societies situated in the same part of the world, whether or not these groupings are institutionally formalised. Yet the conference organisers consider the region as a key form of global space in today's and tomorrow's world. They posit that the tensions at play in several world regions point not to their short-term failure but, on the contrary, to the slow and sometimes arduous maturing of the shift to a territorial form that is more appropriate than the nation-state for coping with the demands of globalisation.

Announcement

Argument

This conference is organised within the framework of the two working research groups: “Regionalisation around the world”, from the International College of Territorial Sciences (CIST), and “Regional integrations” from the Cluster of Excellence “Territorial and Spatial Dynamics”, known in French as LabEx DynamiTe. These groups bring together researchers working on regionalisation and regional integration around the world.

In academic readings of globalised space, relatively scant attention is paid to large-scale regions – in the sense of groupings of neighbouring countries, typically featuring greater interaction between societies situated in the same part of the world, whether or not these groupings are institutionally formalised. Yet the conference organisers consider the region as a key form of global space in today's and tomorrow's world. They posit that the tensions at play in several world regions point not to their short-term failure but, on the contrary, to the slow and sometimes arduous maturing of the shift to a territorial form that is more appropriate than the nation-state for coping with the demands of globalisation.

This conference is part of an initiative that began in 2016 with the drafting of a critical dictionary of regional integration (coordinated by Nora Mareï and Yann Richard), to be published in 2018. The group of several dozen authors - most of them geographers - engaged in writing this dictionary were prompted by a number of observations: the lack of a dictionary dedicated to regional integration, whereas there is an abundance of dictionaries on globalisation; a persistent haziness in the definition of the notions; geographers' low profile in a field of research largely dominated by other disciplines: a surprising fact, given geographers' proven expertise in the study of regional issues. The conference will pursue this interdisciplinary discussion.

Practical information

The conference will take place on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 March 2019 at Paris Diderot University, Amphitheatre Turing, Sophie Germain Building, 8 place Aurélie Nemours, 75013 Paris.

Free but mandatory registration on the conference website: https://mondederegions.sciencesconf.org

Conference programme

Thursday 21 March

  •  9am – Coffee reception
  •  9:30am – Introduction – Toward a regional interpretation of the contemporary world – Pierre BECKOUCHE, Nora MAREÏ and Yann RICHARD, Paris 1 University

 From 10am to 12:30pm – Panel 1 – The State, a soluble actor in regional integration?

 Chairperson: Sylvia BRUNET, lecturer in public law, Rouen University 

  • Cloud Computing and Regionalisation: What are European Perspectives? Amaël CATTARUZZA, Clotilde BÔMONT, Didier DANET
  • The Emergence of the Arctic as International Region, Camille ESCUDÉ
  • From “Transregional” Cooperation to “Regional” Integration? Morocco's Membership Application for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Broader Conceptual and Empirical Perspectives, Steffen WIPPEL
  • Regional Integration, Disintegrations: the Forces at Work, Jacques TENIER

 From 12:30pm to 1:50pm – Lunch break

From 2pm to 5pm – Panel 2 – Regional dimensions of economic globalisation

Chairperson: Henri REGNAULT, professor in economics, Pau University 

  • The New Silk Roads: Beijing’s tool of Asian Policy? Emmanuel VERON
  • How to Think about Regional Economic Disintegration? Assen SLIM
  • The Trans-Saharan Links of a Eurafrican City. Tangiers, at the Crossroads of Metropolisation, Globalisation and Regionalisation, Nora MAREÏ, Steffen WIPPEL
  • Maritime Regionalisation in Southeast Asia, Nathalie FAU
  • Between Globalisation and Regional Disintegration: Is There Some Kind of Limited Integration in the Arabian Gulf? Cristina D'ALESSANDRO, Evren TOK

 From 5pm to 6pm: Cocktail offered by LabEx DynamiTe

Friday 22 March

 9:30am – Coffee reception

 From 10am to 12pm – Panel 3 – Regional integration and power relationships

Chairperson: Didier GEORGAKAKIS, professor of political science, Paris 1 University 

  • Empireness, an Operative Concept to Understand World Regionalisation's Crises, Changes and Future, Sylvain KAHN
  • Regional Geopolitics in Southern Africa: South Africa’s Conquest of the Indian Ocean, Agathe MAUPIN-BUSKIN
  • Regionalisation as a Lever for Action in Local and National Power Games? Political Geography of an Andean Regionalisation, Audrey SERANDOUR
  • Regionalisation and Conflicts in Central Africa, Emmanuel CHAUVIN, Géraud MAGRIN

  From 12pm to 1:30pm – Lunch break

 From 1:30pm to 3:30pm – Panel 4 – The European regional integration trajectory  

Chairperson: Paul Gradvohl, fellow in contemporary history, University of Lorraine  

  • Legitimising Europe: Between Geothical Idealisms and Macroregional Reason, Arnaud BRENNETOT
  • Identifying Europe Hidden in the Shadow of the EU. Regionalising for a Critical Analysis of EU’s Accession Criteria, Etienne TOUREILLE
  • Transport Institutions Revealing Dynamics of Regional Integration. European Approaches, Antoine BEYER
  • Regional Integration in the EU: Towards the Emergence of Cross-Border Territorialities? Bernard REITEL, Birte WASSENBERG

 From 3:30pm to 5:30pm – Panel 5 – Macro regions as social and cultural constructions  

Chairperson: Alain TARRIUS, professor emeritus of sociology, Toulouse University

  •  Scandinavia, Scandinavianism, European Integration and Globalisation, Jacques GUILLAUME
  • The Asserting of Common Indigenousness in the Pacific: Towards a Redefined Oceanian Regionalism? Florence MURY
  • The Flows of International Students. From Regionalisation to Regional Integration, Clarisse DIDELON, Yann RICHARD, Sergeï SHUBIN
  • Exploring World Structures. Regionalisation Used as a Heuristic Tool, Clarisse DIDELON, Sophie DE RUFFRAY 

Scientific committee

  • Nacima Baron, professor, Paris Est University, UMR LVMT
  • Pierre Beckouche, professor, Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne University, UMR Ladyss
  • Anne Bouhali, PhD, University of Picardie, Habiter le Monde / UMR PRODIG
  • Nathalie Fau, senior lecturer, Paris-Diderot University, UMR CESSMA
  • Sylvain Kahn, PhD, Sciences Po Paris, Center for History
  • Nora Mareï, CNRS research fellow, UMR PRODIG
  • Yann Richard, professor, Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne University, UMR PRODIG
  • Frédéric Santamaria, senior lecturer, Paris-Diderot University, UMR Géographie-cités
  • Hervé Théry, CNRS director emeritus for research, UMR Creda, Sao Paulo University

Places

  • Amphithéâtre Turing, Bâtiment Sophie Germain, Université Paris Diderot, - 8 place Aurélie Nemours
    Paris, France (75013)

Date(s)

  • Thursday, March 21, 2019
  • Friday, March 22, 2019

Keywords

  • monde, région, intégration, régionalisation

Contact(s)

  • Comité d'organisation du colloque « Un mode de régions ?»
    courriel : colloquemobsoc [at] gmail [dot] com

Information source

  • Anne Bouhali
    courriel : anne [dot] bouhali [at] u-picardie [dot] fr

To cite this announcement

« A world of regions? », Conference, symposium, Calenda, Published on Monday, February 11, 2019, https://calenda.org/558049

Archive this announcement

  • Google Agenda
  • iCal