Theorists have long recognized that globalization simultaneously involves processes of integration and fragmentation, order and disorder. Regionalism participates in this dynamic production of world order/disorder, enabling pressures toward integration and fragmentation. In complex ways regionalism (as are specific regions) is a production of global dynamics as it contests those dynamics on multiple registers – political, social, economic, and cultural. Moreover, as analysts of the “new regionalism” of the 1980’s and 1990’s recognized, regional dynamics are evolving with the latest developments of financial structures, communications networks, conflict and violence, as well as the emergence of new transversal spaces of infrastructure, governance, and sociality.
This conference invites paper, panel and roundtable proposals bringing various regionalist perspectives to bear on the problematics and challenges of integration and fragmentation in the current world. This theme offers the opportunity for a critical discussion of regionalist trends in the international community in light of the growing uncertainty about the ‘Liberal International Order’ and the centrifugal tendencies within it. Participants might address specific regions, singly or comparatively, defined geographically or otherwise, and/or theoretical problematics of regionalism in various substantive fields. Our conference will examine contending approaches to regionalism and seek to explain variations among them and their evolving understandings of the relevant ‘communities’ affected by their adopted policies and practices. Submitted abstracts should be no more than 200 words.
Topics might include, but are not limited to:
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"Stalled Regionalism in Northeast Asia: Specter of Geopolitics, Nationalism, and Domestic Politics"
Chung-in Moon is special advisor to the ROK president for foreign affairs and national security. He is also a distinguished university professor at Yonsei University, Krause distinguished fellow at School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California, San Diego, and editor-in-chief of Global Asia, a quarterly journal in English. He is co-convener of APLN (Asia-Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation). Dr. Moon was a special delegate to the first (2000), second (2007), third Korean summit (2018) held in Pyongyang. He has published over 60 books and 300 articles in edited volumes and scholarly journals. His most recent publications is The Future of East Asia (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2017), co-edited with Peter Hayes.