Special Session 8: Territorial Politics in Europe and Beyond

Diverse Regions: Building Resilient Communities and Territories - Izmir, Turkey

Session Organisers:

Dr. Emanuele Massetti (emanuele.massetti@gediz.edu.tr), Gediz University,  Turkey

Territorial politics is a fast growing area of academic research. This is mainly the result of three broad processes that have deeply changed the contemporary world, requiring scholars to move beyond what has been labelled as ‘methodological nationalism’. First, the process of globalization (and supra-national regional integration) have put into question the traditional role of the nation-state; secondly, the process of de-industrialization has entailed the (re-)emergence of other cleavages at the expenses of the centrality of class; and thirdly, the process of democratization has created more ‘space’ for territorial minorities to voice their demands. The relative success of political actors linked to regional identities/ interests within the state, the increasing salience of the territorial dimension of politics and the unfolding territorial reforms (in both directions of federalism/devolution or re-centralization) are intertwined manifestations of this broad phenomenon of economic, cultural and political rescaling.

In this view, the proposed session means to bring together academics who are conducting empirical research on the relationship between politics and ethno-territorial reforms. Papers can address different sets of kin issues, including process of democratization and ethno-territorial minorities’ representation, ethno-territorial movements/parties,  ethnic violence and peace building strategies, party politics and territorial reforms, political economy and/of territorial reforms, multi-level electoral politics, and multi-level institutional design. The session is open to both explicitly comparative and case studies, as long as the latter are presented in a comparative perspective. Beyond providing an occasion to get feedback on the presenters’ current works, the aim is to create opportunities for future collaboration between scholars, who addresses different but related questions about territorial politics, or address similar questions but specialize in the study of different geographical areas.

Submission Guidelines

Anyone interested in participating in the session should register for the conference before April 6th 2014 by clicking here. Please ensure that your abstracts are no longer than 800 words, text only. If you have any questions regarding this special session, please contact the session organisers on the email addresses provided. 

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