New Regionalisms: The Pattern of a New Global Order?

New Regionalisms: The Pattern of a New Global Order?

Ulf Engel and Heidrun Zinecker, University of Leipzig; Centre for Area Studies and SMWK Research Project “New Regionalisms”, U Leipzig
From - Until
25.04.2014 - 26.04.2014
Engel, Ulf

Summary: The Centre for Area Studies will host the editorial workshop New Regionalisms: The Pattern of a Global Order? as part of the research network New Regionalisms in a Changing Global Order: Mapping Latin America and Africa, organized by project leaders Prof. Dr. Ulf Engel and Prof. Dr. Heidrun Zinecker as well as the project researchers Dr. Frank Mattheis and Thomas Plötze. The goal of the workshop is to approach regionalism as a potential pattern of the emerging new global order. Ten renowned international academics are invited to present and discuss empirical contributions from individual research and will address the three main topics: Regionalisms as regimes of (re/de)territorialization, emergence, and delineation of regionalisms as well as interregionalism.

The insights and findings from this workshop will be published by the project members as an edited volume in early 2015.

As the number of participants is limited, please confirm your attendance at


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 territorialization tend to frame regions in terms of the currently dominating territorial order – the nation state.

On a different scale, 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 provides an occasion to debate over empirically grounded papers along three themes: (1) regimes of (re/de)territorialization, (2) emergence and delineation of regionalism, and (3) interregionalism.

The two-day workshop brings together nine 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 field by approaching regionalism as a potential pattern of the emerging new global order. The papers and discussions will provide the basis for a book volume edited by Prof. Dr. Ulf Engel, Prof. Dr. Heidrun Zinecker, Dr. Frank Mattheis and Thomas Plötze, to be published in early 2015.

The first day of the workshop will be dedicated to present and discuss empirical contributions from individual research. On the second day, the participants will deal with three main themes to advance the concept of regionalism: (1) regionalisms as regimes of (re/de) territorialization, (2) emergence and delineation of regionalisms, as well as (3) interregionalism.

Priority will be given to scholars, post-docs, researchers, and graduates who wish to attend, but not limited to those groups. As the number of places is limited, please confirm your attendance at

Workshop participants will be:
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)


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Universität Leipzig
Centre for Area Studies
Thomaskirchhof 20
04109 Leipzig
phone: +49 (0341) 9737888

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