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GLOBALCONTEST (ANR) workshop – OSCE Academy – 3- 4 July 2017

OSCE Academy_3-4 July_LOGO2On 3-4 July the OSCE Academy hosts the workshop “Contested Global Governance, Transformed Global Governors?”.

This workshop is organised by the OSCE Academy in Bishkek in cooperation with the University Paris 13 (Paris), the American University of Central Asia (AUCA, Bishkek) and the French Institute for Central Asian Studies (IFEAC, Bishkek) within the framework of the research project GLOBALCONTEST funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR).

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Call for Papers: GLOBALCONTEST (ANR) workshop – OSCE Academy – 3- 4 July 2017


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The workshop “Contested Global Governance, Transformed Global Governors?” will be held at the OSCE Academy (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan) on 3-4 July 2017 in cooperation with the University Paris-13 (Paris), the American University of Central Asia (AUCA, Bishkek) and the French Institute for Central Asian Studies (IFEAC, Bishkek).

This event is organized in the framework of the research project GLOBALCONTEST funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR, Principal Investigator Dr. Oleg Korneev, CERAL, University Paris-13). More information about the project: http://olegkorneev.net/globalcontest/ 

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The workshop aims to explore the ongoing contestations of global governance interventions of international organisations (IOs) in ostensibly “weak” states and the impact of such contestations on IOs. Studies of IOs and their global governance generating activities tend to focus only on their impact on “the field” and “local” actors. There is clearly not enough attention to the influences that “local” actors and “the field” project on IOs themselves. The workshop is interested in possible transformations of IOs at micro (individual practices and discourses), meso (organisational practices and discourses in the field) and macro (organisational practices and discourses beyond the field) levels. More specifically, it deals with the following sets of interrelated questions:

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1. Who, in “weak” states, is contesting global governance? What is being contested and how? What are the reasons for such contestations? What are their scope conditions?
2. What are the outcomes of these contestations? Do contestations lead to changes in the master plans/grand strategies, tactics, practices or discourses of IOs at various levels? How do these changes impact on the ability of IOs to exercise their power in global governance?
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We welcome academic paper proposals focusing on these issues, particularly in the context of Central Asia and other post-Soviet states. We also invite proposals from scholars who study similar issues in other national and/or regional settings. 

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The academic workshop will be joined by a round table where both academic participants and practitioners (civil servants, staff of IOs, NGOs, independent consultants) would be able to engage in an open discussion on the overarching topic of the event. We, thus, invite practitioners to send their expression of interest to take part in the round table as well as to act as discussants of papers that will be presented at the workshop. 

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Please send your abstract (max. 300 words)/expression of interest (for practitioners), a short BIO (max. 200 words) and/or questions to Dr. Oleg Korneev at oleg.vl.korneev@gmail.com by April 10th, 2017. The selected participants will be informed by April 15th, 2017. 

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There is a limited amount of travel and accommodation funding available for both academic and non-academic participants.

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