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Centre strongly represented at IR-conference in Warsaw

01.10.2013 Chaired by Professor Tobias Debiel, Dr Rainer Baumann, and Dr Frank Gadinger, the conference section entitled ‘Democratizing World Society: Post-national Perspectives and Opposing Views’ lent the Centre for Global Cooperation Research a strong presence at the 8th Pan-European Conference on International Relations in Warsaw. In a highly focused workshop-atmosphere, current and former Fellows, Centre staff, academics from the University of Duisburg-Essen, and international experts came together to discuss some of the social forces and cultural clashes that characterize a ‘world in crisis’.

Research Unit Head Dr Rainer Baumann welcomed the diversity of the contributors and the lively nature of the debate in the section’s six individual panels—all well-attended. Discussion centred on: problems of transnational governance; the relationship between global and regional cooperation; and the tensions between sovereignty and intervention.

Participation by the Centre and University extended beyond their designated section, with scholars actively involved in other conference panels. Professor David Chandler of the University of Westminster, a former Fellow of the Centre, organized the section entitled ‘Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses’—a continuation, as it were, of his research at the Centre. That his work as visiting scholar in Duisburg had fallen on fertile ground was obvious not least from the composition of the panel ‘Critique and the New Spirit of Capitalism’, which was made up entirely of colleagues from Duisburg. ‘These critical discussions have provided further impetus for an expansion of research-activities and collaboration’, said Research Unit Head Dr Frank Gadinger after the conference—a particularly pleasing outcome for the Centre, given its aim of building up an international, interdisciplinary network of research bodies.

Organized by the Standing Group on International Relations and the European International Studies Association (EISA)´, the 8th Pan-European Conference on International Relations took place from 18 – 21 September 2013 at the University at Warsaw. In almost 50 sections academics discussed under the umbrella of this year conference the question of 'One International Relations or Many? Multiple Worlds, Multiple Crises'.

The programme and pictures of the section can be found here

Martin Wolf
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