Conference “Africa-Europe Relationships: A Multi-Stakeholder Perspective”

Call for papers

14-15 June 2018

LUISS University, Rome, Italy

Convener: Raffaele Marchetti

co-organized by:

LUISS School of Government-SOG (Rome)

Dialogue of Civilization-DoC Research Institute (Berlin)

with the patronage of the:

Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

endorsed by:

Confindustria Assafrica & Mediterraneo

University of Glasgow

RATIONALE

The conference will examine the plurality of socio-economic and political interactions underpinning the relationship between Africa and Europe. In particular, it aims to identify and discuss patterns of cooperation and recurrent obstacles in the African-European multi-stakeholder dynamics.

The conference intends to study the ongoing dynamics between the two continents by adopting a pluralist understanding of international relations which encompasses non-state actors as well as states. Traditionally the focus of the studies on Africa and Europe has been almost entirely put on government-to-government interaction. The current reality is way more complex and needs to be analyzed with the right lenses in order to be fully understood. The conference will thus look at a plethora of different actors, including firms, banks, private regulators, NGOs, religious organizations, think tanks and research centers, migrants’ organizations, terrorist groups, intellectuals and artists, and security operators. Particularly important in this context is to analyze the role played by transnational networks and hybrid coalitions. Together with this non-state actor perspective, the conference will also discuss the intergovernmental relations both in their bilateral and multilateral format, as well as in their interregional interaction (e.g., EU-ECOWAS). Only by taking into account both traditional governmental relationships and innovative multi-stakeholder interactions can a more accurate understanding of the current and future path of cooperation between Africa and Europe be developed.

Particular (but not exclusive) attention will be put on the following dimensions:

  • Culture and art
  • Finance
  • Migration
  • Security
  • Technological innovation
  • Trade
  • Youth

 

PARTICIPATION

The conference aims to have a balanced participation of both African and European attendants, as well as from other continents.

Participants will include scholars, analysts, as well as research practitioners and research activists.

Perspective participants need to submit an abstract of 500 words to rmarchetti@luiss.it

Each paper should a) focus on a specific policy dimension, b) focus on a subset of governmental and non-governmental actors, c) identify the conditions that favored or constrained cooperation between Africa and Europe on the case study at stake.

Travel and accommodation costs are to be paid by each participant. Meals and social activities will be covered by the organization.

The participation to the conference is free (there is no conference fee).

The best papers will be included in an edited volume for the Routledge series World Politics and Dialogues of Civilizations (subject to approval)

 

For all information, please contact Raffaele Marchetti at rmarchetti@luiss.it

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