Regions without borders

Call for Abstracts for the 33rd International Geographical Congress: Shaping our Harmonious Worlds

Regions without borders

Call for abstracts

 

 

“Sociocultural Encounters in Geography: Borders, Borderlands, Grassroots Non-State Actors and the Southern African Regional Integration Project”

The geographical and socio-economic landscapes of the contiguous border areas in Southern African suggest de facto processes of regional integration. The historical, socio-economic and cultural interactions, enhanced by geography, that characterise these borderlands form sub-regions that not only defy border controls but also achieve alternative processes of regional integration. This has not received much scholarly attention and recognition from policy makers. Therefore, this session takes, as its point of departure, the debates around borders, borderlands, sub-and regional integration and aims to interrogate the place of local, grassroots non-State actors and their rich historical, socioeconomic and cultural interactions facilitated by geographic proximity in Southern Africa’s borderlands, in the SADC’s regional integration project. Hence the questions; do “spaces of flows” replace “spaces of places” in Southern Africa’s borderlands? Are economic regions outside formal state organisation likely to emerge in these contiguous border areas? Contrary to top down approaches to regional integration, the session will explore alternative approaches to regional integration in the SADC and advance perspectives that question current thinking and conceptualization of regional integration in the Southern African region and in Africa, in general. Several questions shall, therefore, be explored such as: how does the role of grassroots non-State actors in the Southern African region compare with other parts of the world?

SUBMISSION PROCEDURES:
Please register and submit your abstract (200-250 words) at the IGC China 33rd International Geographical Congress website by following the link below. On the Abstract Submission page your “Intended Session” will be listed under Political Geography. Check the “Sociocultural Encounters in Geography: Borders, Borderlands, Grassroots Non-State Actors and the Southern African Integration Project” box and proceed with your submission.

WEBSITE FOR REGISTRATION:
http://www.igc2016.org/dct/page/70047

DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING ABSTRACTS:
15 February 2016

CONFRENCE DATES
21-25 August 2016, Beijing China

NOTIFICATION OF THE RESULTS OF THE ABSTRACT REVIEW:
16 April 2016

For further information please contact:

Dr. Christopher C. Nshimbi
Research Fellow & Deputy Director: Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn)
Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria
Tel: +27 12 420 4152
Email: chris.nshimbi@governanceinnovation.org; christopher.nshimbi@up.ac.za

Or

Dr. Inocent Moyo
Research Fellow: Department of Geography
UNISA, Florida Campus
Tel: +27 72 106 2632
Email: minnoxa@yahoo.com

Regions without borders

Call for Abstracts for the 33rd International Geographical Congress: Shaping our Harmonious Worlds

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Call for Abstracts

“Autochthony, Allochthony and Belonging: Migration, Xenophobia and Social Cohesion in the Southern African Region”

Migration is not new in the Southern African region. Its long history dates back to the late 19th century into the colonial, post-independence and post-Cold War eras, and into the late 1980s and early 1990s when most economies in Southern Africa underwent neoliberal economic reforms and structural adjustments. The economic reforms coincided with the end of apartheid in South Africa. South Africa’s emergence as the economic hub of Southern Africa coupled with the long history of migration across Southern Africa makes South Africa a destination of choice for various categories of migrants including labour, informal traders, medical, education and training, cultural and kinship relations, etc. The post-reform and post-apartheid period has thus witnessed increased immigration into South Africa from Southern and other parts of Africa. The increase in numbers of immigrants in South Africa has created tensions and hostilities directed towards immigrants. The African immigrants in South Africa have thus been constructed as the problematic new comers who take away jobs from South Africans and strain the national socioeconomic infrastructure, pressuring government and limiting its ability to provide essential socioeconomic services and employment to its citizens. This social topography, which has elevated South African citizens and led to the relegation of immigrants to the subaltern, with calls for their evisceration and interpellation, partlyexplains the so-called xenophobia and discourse around xenophobic attacks currently prevalent in South Africa since the early 2000s. While foreigners and agencies such as the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) brand targeted attacks on foreigners and their businesses by South African citizens as xenophobia, South African authorities rather brand such attacks as acts of criminality, or even ‘Afrophobia’, and not xenophobic. Against this background, this session proposes to (a) gain a properunderstanding and conceptualisation of the notion xenophobia and (b) deliberate ways in which social cohesion can be promoted to encourage harmony between foreigners and South African citizens. The dearth of scholarly engagement in academia and policy attention in government circles around regional migration, xenophobia, local integration and social cohesion in Southern Africa makes engaging in this discourse imperative.

SUBMISSION PROCEDURES:
Please register and submit your abstract (200-250 words) at the IGC China 33rd International Geographical Congress website by following the link below. On the Abstract Submission page your “Intended Session” will be listed under Political Geography. Check the “Autochthony, Allochthony and Belonging: Migration, Xenophobia and Social Cohesion in the Southern African Region” box and proceed with your submission.

WEBSITE FOR REGISTRATION:

http://www.igc2016.org/dct/page/70047

 

DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING ABSTRACTS:
15 February 2016

CONFRENCE DATES
21-25 August 2016, Beijing China

NOTIFICATION OF THE RESULTS OF THE ABSTRACT REVIEW:
16 April 2016

For further information please contact:
Dr. Inocent Moyo
Research Fellow: Department of Geography
UNISA, Florida Campus
Tel: +27 72 106 2632
Email: minnoxa@yahoo.com

Or

Dr. Christopher C. Nshimbi
Research Fellow & Deputy Director: Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn)
Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria
Tel: +27 12 420 4152
Email: chris.nshimbi@governanceinnovation.org; christopher.nshimbi@up.ac.za

Lorenzo's article in the Business Day, 26 January 2016

“SA must rethink economics and build a new social contact”,, Business Day, 26 January 2016

Lorenzo's article in the Business Day, 26 January 2016

Lorenzo’s article in the Business Day, 26 January 2016

By GovInn Director Professor Lorenzo Fioramonti

 

In his new Business Day article, Professor Lorenzo Fioramonti discusses the social ills that are facing South Africa, which have been exacerbated in the past few months by environmental and economic challenges, and the need to change the way we approach these problems together as South Africans.

As some university negotiations have demonstrated, different parties can come to a satisfactory agreement involving resizing of salaries, benefits and other contributions when it becomes clear that the future of a public good — education — is at stake. There is no reason to believe that the same cannot happen for the economy at large.

We need new rules of engagement and a new social contract to move forward. If done properly and with a clear vision, this will make everybody more confident about the future of this country, reassuring its citizens (of all races and colours), as well as those foreign investors interested in the long-term wellbeing of the economy (not the speculators who have always been so keen to make money at the expense of our society).

 

To read the whole article, go the Business Day website.

CIDOB Conference

Reconfiguration of the Global South – Frank Mattheis participates in the annual CIDOB/OCP Policy Centre conference

CIDOB Conference

Panel discussion at the CIDOB/OCP Policy Centre annual conference on reconfigurations of the Global South (photo by CIDOB)

On 28 and 29 January 2016, the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB) and the OCP Policy Centre convened their annual conference in the city of Barcelona. This year’s edition was hosted by CIDOB  senior researcher Eckart Woertz. The theme addressed the reconfiguration of the Global South stemming from the economic and political rise of Asian powers. Thirty international researchers focused on how African and Latin America position themselves in this context and discussed questions ranging from food security to new institutions of global governance.

GovInn senior researcher Frank Mattheis and his collaborator Christina Stolte (FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg) presented results from their analysis of Brazil’s development assistance to Africa, in particular its agricultural cooperation with Ghana. The results of the conference will be disseminated in two publications to come out in 2016: a special issue in Spanish with Afers Internacionals, and an edited volume in English with Routledge.

Master in European Studies: Transnational and Global Perspectives

Call for students: interdisciplinary Master of European Studies: Transnational and Global Perspectives at the University of Leuven in Belgium

MAES

The University of Leuven is organising the interdisciplinary Master of European Studies: Transnational and Global Perspectives (MAES), as well as the Summer School ‘Europe Inside Out’. MAES’ four specialised modules – ‘European History, Diversity and Culture‘, ‘EU External Relations’, ‘Globalising Europe’ and ‘Europe-Asia’ – allow the students to understand the increasingly complex European and global dynamics.

The MAES program already attract students from 40 countries, including an increasing number of students from Asia and the US, and would be pleased to welcome even more international students. Students may be interested to learn that KU Leuven was very well placed in the Times Higher Education Ranking of 2015/2016, ranked 35th worldwide and 5th on the European continent. During the Master of European Studies in Leuven, students follow courses offered by renowned scholars as well as high-ranking practitioners, including the President of the Court of Justice of the EU, the chief-negotiator of the European Commission in the recent Paris Climate negotiations, and an advisor to one of the Vice-Presidents of the European Commission. Students will furthermore benefit from guest lectures by European politicians, diplomats and officials such as former European Council President Van Rompuy; visits to European and transatlantic institutions in Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg; and cultural excursions to World War I battlefields and the historical medieval cities of Flanders.

More information on the programme can be found on the website: http://ghum.kuleuven.be/ces.

Camilla Adelle has written an article for Public Money and Management (Volume 36, Issue 2, 2016, 89-96)

Title: “Regulatory impact assessment: a survey of selected developing and emerging economies”

 

Abstract: This paper reports on a survey of regulatory impact assessment (RIA) in 16 developing and emerging economies. RIA was playing an increasing role in these countries: eight had introduced RIA in the past 10 years; one had recently redesigned its existing RIA system; another had a long-standing RIA system in place. However, RIA was at an early stage of development in the majority of cPublic Money and Managementases and six countries did not practise RIA.

 

 

Read the full paper on Public Money and Management

‘Colonial legacy of mining pioneers poses a dilemma for South Africans’, The Conversation, 25.01.2016

In an article for The Conversation, GovInn Senior Researcher Prince Mashele discusses the linkages of the colonial exploitation of mineral resources and the changes it brought to South Africa, both for infrastructure and divided race relations.

The Randlords left behind them a big dilemma: contemporary South Africa is not sure whether to thank them for bringing civilisation, or to curse them for complicating future race relations.

Read more at The Conversation

‘Rethinking EU-Africa Relations’ Panels at EUIA 2016

ESA-SSA  convened two panels on ‘Rethinking EU-Africa Relations’ at the European Union in International Affairs Conference in Brussels 11-13 May 2016. Panelists and other members of ESA-SSA also met for dinner on 12 May.

 Rethinking EU-Africa Relations – Panel I: Security and Human Rights

 Chair: John Kotsopoulos (University of Pretoria)
Discussant: Toni Haastrup (University of Kent)

  • Transatlantic cooperation and the management of African violent conflicts, Gorm Rye Olsen (Institute of Society & Globalization,)
  • Bridging the gap between state and human security: where do the EU and African ambitions meet? Rossella Marangio (Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies)
  • The European Strategy for Security and Development in the Sahel: A Comprehensive Approach for the EU foreign policy in Africa? Eliza Lopez Lucia (University of Birmingham)

 

Rethinking EU-Africa Relations – Panel II : Changing Global Order

 Chair: Gorm Rye Olsen (Roskilde University, Denmark)

Discussant: Johannes Muntschik (University of Mainz, Germany)

  • Africa-EU Partnership on Democratic Governance and Human Rights, Jack Mangala (Grand Valley State University Michigan)
  • The European Union and the African Union: A Strategic Partnership? Conrad Rein (European Commission, Belgium)
  • From Action Plans to Roadmaps: Back to the Future for the Joint Africa-EU Strategy? John Kotsopoulos (University of Pretoria, South Africa)

 

 

“The state of Ubuntu in South Africa: driver of change or buzzword?” 23 Nov 2015

On Monday 23 November, The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation, in conjunction with the Department of Political Science at the University of Pretoria, hosted a one day public discussion to position the state of Ubuntu in South Africa. The meeting was attending my many well known academic and independent thinkers on the subject of Ubuntu, and below we have short gallery.

To see the full programme click here.

 

 

VIDEO: Lorenzo Fioramonti Speaking at Wisdom Stockholm Conference 2015

Watch GovInn Director Lorenzo Fioramonti speak at the annual Wisdom Stockholm Conference in October 2015.

You can find more videos relating to the event held in Stockholm here.

You can also find more videos on Wellbeing Africa on GovInn’s Youtube channel.