The Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute, in collaboration with Rome’s LUISS University, will hold a conference on Africa-Europe relations on 14-15 June at LUISS, and is inviting experts on the subject to participate. Perspective participants need to submit an abstract of 500 words by February 28th to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Each paper should A) focus on a specific policy dimension, B) focus on a subset of governmental and non-governmental actors, C) and identify the conditions that either favoured or constrained cooperation between Africa and Europe.
Travel and accommodation costs are to be paid by each participant. Meals and social activities will be covered by the DOC.
Conference attendance is free (there is no fee). Selected participants will be informed by 15 March. The best papers will be included in an edited volume for the Routledge series World Politics and Dialogues of Civilizations (subject to approval).
The conference aims to have a balanced participation of both African and European attendants, as well as from other continents. Participants will include scholars, analysts, as well as researchers and activists.
Invited keynote speaker: UN Special Envoy for the Sahel Romano Prodi, (tbc).
The conference will examine the plurality of socio-economic and political interactions underpinning the relationship between Africa and Europe. In particular, it aims to identify and discuss patterns of cooperation and recurrent obstacles in the African-European multi-stakeholder dynamics. The conference intends to study the ongoing dynamics between the two continents by adopting a pluralist understanding of international relations which encompasses non-state actors as well as states. Traditionally the focus of the studies on Africa and Europe has been almost entirely put on government-to-government interaction. The current reality is way more complex and needs to be analyzed with the right lenses in order to be fully understood.
Particularly important in this context is to analyze the role played by transnational networks and hybrid coalitions. Together with this non-state actor perspective, the conference will also discuss intergovernmental relations both in their bilateral and multilateral format, as well as in their interregional interaction (e.g., EU-ECOWAS). Only by taking into account both traditional governmental relationships and innovative multi-stakeholder interactions can a more accurate understanding of the current and future path of cooperation between Africa and Europe be developed.
Particular (but not exclusive) attention will be put on the following dimensions:
- Culture and art
- Technological innovation