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Call for Papers to International Workshop:

Transnational Activism and Problems of Democracy in East and Southeast Asia

Processes of globalisation do not only involve purely economic aspects and elite politics. Cross-border interaction between civil society actors – what might be called “globalisation from below” is another important feature of contemporary world politics that is receiving increasing attention by scholars as well as the media and political decision-makers. When non-governmental organisations and social movements not only focus on the domestic or local arena but also take action on a transnational level, transnational activist networks emerge. Transnational activism challenges conventional understandings of civil society and social movements as well as international relations.

Not much research has been done on this phenomenon in the East and Southeast Asian context. Thus this workshop aims at filling an empirical gap by providing an analysis of different forms of transnational activism in this part of the world. Theoretically, most research on transnational activism has focused on activities and organisational aspects of transnational issue networks, without making connections to wider issues of democracy and democratisation. This workshop aims at filling this gap by focusing on two broad aspects: 1) How processes of democratisation might be related to the increase in transnational activism by providing new political opportunities. 2) The implications of transnational activism for problems of democracy on local, national as well as transnational levels. How is transnational activism anchored democratically? A transnationalisation of politics put into question the assumed close connection between democracy and a sovereign nation state and raises issues of citizenship and democracy on a transnational level.

We invite papers from academics and/or activists. Topics may include different forms of transnational activism – for example related to environmental, human rights, migration and gender issues. We specifically encourage contributions on anti-democratic and reactionary forms of transnational activism. Of interest is also the impact of transnational activism on regional institutions and bilateral negotiations. Comparative studies of political opportunities for transnational activism under authoritarian and more democratic regimes are also particularly welcome.


Dr. Nicola Piper (NIAS, Copenhagen/Denmark),

Dr. Anders Uhlin (Södertörns högskola, Stockholm/Sweden),

Date and place of event:

14-15 September 2001 in Stockholm


Please send a paper proposal (not more than 400 words) to the organisers not later than 1 May 2001.


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