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The project "New Regionalisms in a Changing Global Order" has organized two main events to position itself in a transnational academic context: a seminar series and an editorial workshop.

Research Seminar Summer Term 2013, Leipzig

In order to foster international cooperation in the research field of new regionalisms and to further expand the expertise on transnational research of the University of Leipzig and the Centre for Area Studies, a research seminar on the subject of “New regionalisms in a changing global order” was organised in the context of the project. It took place in the summer term 2013 and was held at the Centre for Area Studies. The course brought together renowned guest researchers that shared their latest theoretical advances and practical insights. Additional seminar sessions by the convenors embedded the lecture series conceptually. In spring 2014, an international workshop will bring together the authors of an edited volume on new developments in the research area. Moreover, selected guest lectures will be hosted at the Centre for Area Studies.


Since 1989, regionalisms, i.e. projects of building a region, have become a distinct feature of dominant perceptions of the global order. Be it a coup d’état, the production of electricity or a trade negotiation, a regional organisation is often the first to be called for. While these organisations assume their tasks with varying success, private actors - ranging from migrants to criminal networks - are expanding on a regional scale as well. The academic efforts to conceptualise and theorise the phenomenon are facing major challenges. The repercussions of regionalism on existing notions of territory, sovereignty and state are subject to on-going debates. Likewise, there is controversy about how regions emerge as actors in their own right and about their role for different visions of globalisation. These puzzles are particularly pronounced in Africa and Latin America where institutions have often been treated as a deviation from the European model of integration.


Conveners:Prof Dr Ulf Engel (African Studies Institute, Global and European Studies Institute) and Prof Dr Heidrun Zinecker (Institute for Political Science)
Time:Tuesdays 3:00–5:00 pm, starting 9 April
Doctoral candidates in International Relations, MA/PhD Peace and Security, PhD Transnationalisation and Regionalisation, MA African Studies, MA Global Studies, MA Political Science


Date Name Institution Topic
April 9 Introduction by Prof Dr Ulf Engel and Prof Dr Heidrun Zinecker  
April 16 Prof Dr Ian Taylor University of St Andrews Conflict diamonds and insecurity
April 30 Dr Sebastian Krapohl University of Bamberg Regional Powers as Leaders or Rambos of Regional Integration?
May 7 Prof Dr Klaus Bodemer German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) EU-Latin American Relations – Towards the end of inter-regionalism?
May 14 Dr Gian Luca Gardini University of Bath The proliferation of Latin American regionalism(s)
May 28 Prof Dr Daniel Bach Sciences Po Bordeaux Region-building in Africa: thick regionalism versus lean integration
June 11 Prof Dr Anja Jetschke University of Göttingen How “contagious” are regional organisations? Thoughts on a systematic response
June 18 Prof Dr Günther Maihold Stiftung für Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), currently based in Mexico Latin America and its internal and external regional spaces
June 25 Frank Mattheis   and   Thomas Plötze University of Leipzig       University of Leipzig The South-Atlantic relations – The peculiarities of South-South interregionalism   Regional securitisation in Central America
July 2 Dr Andrew Grant Queens University, Canada  
July 9 Conclusion by Prof Dr Ulf Engel and Prof Dr Heidrun Zinecker    

Editoral Workshop, 25-26 April 2014, Leipzig

From 24 to 26 April 2014 the Centre for Area Studies in Leipzig will organize a workshop under the theme “Regionalism: The Pattern of a New Global Order?” The goal of our editorial workshop is to approach regionalism as a potential pattern of the emerging new global order. Though regionalism is considered by many to be a new territorial form of control and order in relation to processes of globalization (cf. Hettne’s ‘return of the political’ 2002), it is produced by discourses and spatial imaginations that counter the logics of territorialization.

If regionalism is to emerge as a prevailing pattern of order, its analysis poses inconsistencies. Studies of regional regimes of territorialisation tend to frame regions in terms of the currently dominating territorial order - the nation states. In addition, private and informal regionalisms have been difficult to grasp as regimes of territorialization. In order to make a contribution to theory-building in the field of regionalism at large, we seek to engage with the paradoxes that such understandings of regionalism convey.

The workshop aims to provide an occasion to debating over empirically grounded papers along the given set of questions. The workshop and the edited volume will be guided by the three themes: (1) regimes of (re/de)territorialization, (2) emergence and delineation of regionalism, and (3) interregionalism. The workshop will bring together around fifteen international scholars to discuss conceptual and theoretical challenges, and to establish links between the different individual studies. The aim of the workshop is to provide a space to advance conceptual debates in the study of regionalism as well as to discuss individual contributions.

We would seize the opportunity of this discussion to collect issues for a revision of the papers which will then be edited by Prof. Dr. Ulf Engel, Prof. Dr. Heidrun Zinecker, Dr. Frank Mattheis, and Thomas Plötze, with a view to publish the volume in early 2015.  

List of Participants

Prof. Dr. Ian Taylor (U St. Andrews, United Kingdom)
Dr. J. Andrew Grant (Queens U, Canada)
Dr. Pia Riggirozzi (U Southampton, United Kingdom)
Prof. Dr. Gian Luca Gardini (U Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany)
Dr. Clarissa Dri (Fed. U Santa Catarina, Brazil)
Dr. Stephen Kingah (UNU CRIS, Belgium)
Dr. Uwe Wunderlich (U Aston, United Kingdom)
Prof. Dr. Anja Jetschke (U Göttingen, Germany)
Prof. Dr. Gladys Lechini (U Rosario, Argentina)

Programme (PDF)