8th Pan-European Conference on International Relations

Section 'Democratizing World Society: Post-national Perspectives and Opposing Views'

18-21 September 2013, Warsaw

Taking place every three years, the 8th Pan-European Conference on International Relations "One International Relations or Many? Multiple Worlds, Multiple Crises" was held in Warsaw, Poland. The Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research contributed to this year conference with the section 'Democratizing World Society: Post-national Perspectives and Opposing Views'.

The common perception of a world in crisis has led IR scholars to reflect on their key political concepts. Conventional notions of legitimacy, democracy or governance are questioned in times of fundamental political upheavals and latent economic crisis periods. While the IR debates in the 1990s and 2000s were characterized by an optimistic view on a global spread of democracy and a higher degree of political legitimacy caused by emerging forms of global governance, now political analysts adopt a disillusioning tone in their diagnoses of current world politics.

Following the call of the section convenors – Prof. Tobias Debiel, Dr. Rainer Baumann and Dr. Frank Gadinger – fellows and international experts came together to identify different social forces and cultural contestations of a world in crisis. Six panels bundled theoretical perspectives, methodological conceptions and empirical research in concrete policies.

  • Panel 1: Democracy vs. Economy: The EU Crisis as a Critical Test Case for Post-National Legitimacy?  
  • Panel 2: Methodological Reflections on the Conceptual Foundations and Legitimacy of Global Governance
  • Panel 3: Democratizing Global Politics? – Non-State Actors in Climate Politics
  • Panel 4: Democratization from outside and from below: Regional Perspectives
  • Panel 5: Democracy, Sovereignty and Intervention – Western vs. Non-Western Perspectives
  • Panel 6: The IPIs’ Role in Democratizing World Society: Conceptual and Empirical Considerations

Besides the already strong representation of Duisburger expertise in the section, alumni and present fellows of the Centre as well as colleagues from the University of Duisburg-Essen contributed to the conference in Warsaw. Prof David Chandler (University of Westminster), former fellow at the Centre, organized a section on 'Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses'. Beyond that, Dr. Daniel Lambach, Eva Johais und Markus Bayer presented preliminary results of the project "Why do states collapse?" (funded by the DFG - German Research Foundation) that is realized at the Chair for International Relations and Development Policy at the University of Duisburg-Essen.