IV OBSERVARE International Conference

23-26 November 2021 | remote and in loco

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OBSERVARE, the research unit in International Relations of the Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa, is organizing its IV International Conference on “MULTILATERALISM, CONDITION OF GLOBAL GOVERNANCE”.

The IV OBSERVARE International Conference aims to address the very current topic of Multilateralism, a condition for Global Governance. At a time when global issues are clearly an urgent priority, and when international organizations and multilateral initiatives have been underestimated or even fought, it is important to rethink their role in the international society and to assess the conditions that will allow the improvement of global governance mechanisms, including the renewing and relaunching of multilateralism.

The general topic around multilateralism is divided into several subtopics, with emphasis on the study of the concept of a new international order, the possibilities of cosmopolitan democracy and global governance, as well as how multilateralism is perceived from the point of view of several continents.

Without prejudice to the time reserved for individual presentations in simultaneous thematic panels (on two themes: institutional attempts and informal initiatives to regulate global governance), the Conference will take place in plenary sessions with expert conferences: John Ikenberry (Princeton University), Amitav Acharya (American University, Washington, D.C.), Daniele Archibugi (Italian National Research Council, Rome, and University of London, Birkbeck College) and Rafael Calduch  Cervera (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) followed by the presentation of collective studies prepared by inter-university research groups and extensive debates, plus a panel with the participation of Parfait Onanga-Anyanga (Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for the Horn of Africa), Didier Bigo (Sciences-Po and Kings College) and Reginaldo Nasser (Pontifícia Universidade Católica – São Paulo, Brazil).

The opening and closing sessions were attended by special guests: Federica Mogherini (Rector of the College of Europe in Bruges), Mariano Aguirre (Associate Fellow, Chatham House) and António Vitorino (Director General of the International Organization for Migration).

Due to the uncertainty about the evolution of the pandemic, not only in Portugal but also in several other countries (the Conference attracts international participants), a hybrid format was chosen, in which the first part of the Conference takes place exclusively online and the second part of the Conference with a reduced number of Conference participants in physical presence and the remaining ones participating remotely, through digital means.

The basic working language is English. Simultaneous translation into Portuguese will be available in the plenary sessions.

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Preparatory Comission

  • Brígida Brito
  • Luís Moita
  • Luís Tomé
  • Luís Valença Pinto
  • Luísa Godinho
  • Paula Pereira

SUBTOPICS

The Conference will address the following six subtopics

A – The concept of “new order”

In view of the disorderly, if not chaotic, international system, there is an ambition to find an “order” for it. In the post-1945 war, an “order” was established with the creation of the United Nations system, the international financial system and even the monetary system (the dollar as the international reserve currency). Throughout the 1970s, a “new international economic order” was called for. Following the 1st Gulf War, President Bush proclaimed a “new order”. This subtopic intends to carry out a historical analysis of the concept of new order in its various aspects, taking stock of the situation of the order-disorder dichotomy until today, also analysing the current trends for a possible reorganization of the international system.

B – Institutional attempts to regulate world governance

It will examine the historical experiences that tried to regulate the international system, with emphasis on the attempt of the Society of Nations, examining its failure, and then of the United Nations and the great intergovernmental organizations such as the WTO, including the more or less informal structures, such as the G7 and the G20. In the analysis of the UN, a special focus should be made in order to inventory the proposals for its reform, namely that of the Security Council, showing the possible causes for its apparent failure and analysing the current crisis of multilateralism.

C – Informal attempts to regulate global governance

Apart from formal institutions, transnational social dynamics and new references of cognitive representations emerge, as well as attempts to influence the world order, whether in a liberal perspective or as a critical position in the face of predatory globalization. In this light, different ways of trying to influence the international system deserve to be studied, such as the Bilderberg Club, the World Economic Forum in Davos or the World Social Forum. What is the real scope of these diffuse dynamics and unconventional initiatives?

D – The imperatives of multilateralism seen from different continents

Almost always, the conceptions that tend to regulate the world system start from a vision of the North, from North America to the greater Eurasia. Hence the advantage of complementing these conventional approaches with an analysis that meets the points of view of the different continents, be it Africa, Asia or Latin America, including Europe, trying to consider the forms of possible articulation between institutions at a regional or continental level and multilateralism on a global scale.

E – Cosmopolitan democracy and global constitutionalism

This subtopic proposes to revisit the various theses about the viability of a democracy exercised on a scale that goes beyond the national space, often referred to as cosmopolitan democracy. This feasibility is related to the question about the existence of a worldwide public space that can be the “place” of global citizenship. Such a study, from a sociological and communicational perspective, benefits from being completed with the proposals in international law, namely the positions that advocate a global constitutionalism.

F – A multi-level architecture for global governance

This subtopic takes stock of the situation as to what has been proposed for the construction of a new regulation of the international system, from a constructivist perspective, with the possibility of foreseeing a variable geometry, articulating the various global and local, regional and transnational scales in a multi-level perspective. This occurs in a context where the inter-state system is confronted with the involvement of multiple actors, with possible relevance for intergovernmental organizations, large multinational corporations and city networks.

PROGRAMME

23 and 24 November 2021 – programme exclusively online through Zoom

Tuesday, 23 November 2021

3:00-3:30 pm – OPENING SESSION
Intervention by the Rector of Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa
Intervention by Luís Moita (Conference Coordinator)
Intervention by Luís Valença Pinto (Conference Preparatory Commission)

3:30-8:00 pm – THEMATIC PANELS
Thematic panels for the presentation of individual papers (the presentation of thematic panels may be reconfigured according to the communication abstracts received).

3:30-5:30 pm (2 simultaneous sessions)
1) Origin and significance of global intergovernmental organisations, chaired by Mateus Kowalski (OBSERVARE and UAL)
2) Role and scope of regional intergovernmental organizations, chaired by Paula Pereira (OBSERVARE and UAL)

6:00-8:00 pm (2 simultaneous sessions)
3) State sovereignty and multilateralism: an incompatibility?, chaired by Patrícia Galvão Teles (OBSERVARE and UAL)
4) United Nations reform: an impossibility?, chaired by Nancy Gomes (OBSERVARE and UAL)

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

10:00 am-7:30 pm – THEMATIC PANELS
Thematic panels for the presentation of individual papers (the presentation of thematic panels may be reconfigured according to the communication abstracts received).

10:00 am-12:00 pm (2 simultaneous sessions)
5) Multilateralism in the fields of security, economy, environmental sustainability, labour and culture,
chaired by Carlos Gaspar (IPRI Nova and UAL)
6) From the G7 to the G20: meaning and influence, chaired by Luís Nuno Rodrigues (International Studies Centre, ISCTE-IUL)

3:00-5:00 pm (2 simultaneous sessions)
7) From the Bilderberg Club to the Davos Forum, chaired by José Palmeira (Universidade do Minho)
8) Balance of the World Social Forum: from anti-globalization to alter-globalization
chaired by Filipe Vasconcelos Romão (OBSERVARE and UAL)

5:30-7:30 pm (2 simultaneous sessions)
9) Role of the great world conferences: Eco 92, Marrakech…, chaired by Ricardo Sousa (OBSERVARE and UAL)
10) Cities in the management of globality: the local and the global
chaired by Isabel Ferreira Nunes (OBSERVARE and Portuguese National Defence Institute)

25 and 26 November 2021 – Plenary sessions in a hybrid programme, with presential and online participation.
The presential sessions take place at UAL’s Auditorium 1

Thursday, 25 November 2021

10:00 am-12:00 pm – PLENARY SESSION
Intervention by Luís Tomé (Diretor of OBSERVARE and Director of the International Relations Department of the UAL)
Conference by Federica Mogherini (Rector of the College of Europe, Bruges)
Debate

3:00-5:30 pm – Subtopic A – The concept of “new order”
Chaired by Helena Carreiras (Director of the Portuguese National Defence Institute and ISCTE-IUL)
Presentation of the topic by Daniel Cardoso (OBSERVARE and UAL)
Conferences by John Ikenberry (Princeton University) e Amitav Acharya (American University)
Debate

6:00-8:00 pm – Subtopic E – Cosmopolitan democracy and global constitutionalism
Chaired by Helena Nobre (Universidade de Aveiro)
Presentation of the topic by Luísa Godinho (OBSERVARE and UAL)
Conference by Daniele Archibugi (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Roma and University of London, Birkbeck College)
– “Prospects for multilateralism in the face of the sovereignty challenge”
Debate

Friday, 26 November 2021

10:00 am-12:00 pm – Subtopic D – The imperatives of multilateralism seen from different continents
Introduction and moderation by Pedro Pinto
Panel with guest speakers:
Parfait Onanga-Anyanga (Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for the Horn of Africa)
Reginaldo Nasser (Pontifícia Universidade Católica – São Paulo, Brasil)
Didier Bigo (Sciences-Po e Kings College)
Amitav Acharya (American University)
Debate

2:30-4:30 pm – Subtopic F – A multi-level architecture for global governance
Chaired by Teresa Cravo (FEUC)
Presentation of the topic by Ana Isabel Xavier (Subdirector of OBSERVARE and UAL)
Conference by Rafael Calduch Cervera (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
Debate

5:00-5:30 pm – OBSERVARE Awards Ceremony

5:30-7:30 pm – CLOSING SESSION
Chaired by Brígida Brito (Subdirector of OBSERVARE and UAL)
Intervention by Mariano Aguirre (Associate Fellow, Chatham House)
Intervention by António Vitorino (Director General of the International Organization for Migration)
Intervention by Luís Moita (Conference Coordinator)

Call for Papers

OBSERVARE invites to the submission of paper proposals, according to the following criteria:

Those who wish to participate in the Conference by presenting papers may submit their abstract through the form available on this page. Abstracts may be submitted until 15 October 2021 and their acceptance will be communicated in the following two weeks. On the other hand, all the Conference participants, whether they present a paper or not, must register through the form, until 12 November 2021.

The communications are presented in one of the two subtopics of the Conference, divided into ten panels. The thematic panels may be reconfigured according to the abstracts received:

SUBTOPIC B: Institutional attempts to regulate global governance
B1 – Origin and meaning of international organizations with a worldwide vocation.
B2 – Role and scope of regional intergovernmental organizations.
B3 – State sovereignty and multilateralism: an incompatibility?
B4 – United Nations reform: an impossibility?
B5 – Multilateralism in the fields of security, economics, environmental sustainability, work and culture.

SUBTOPIC C: Informal initiatives to regulate global governance
C1 – From the G7 to the G20: meaning and influence.
C2 – From the Bilderberg Club to the Davos Forum.
C3 – Review of the World Social Forum: from anti-globalization to alter-globalization.
C4 – Role of the major world conferences: Eco 92, Marrakech…
C5 – Cities in the management of globality: the local and the global.

Only papers on these points will be accepted (for example, a summary on climate change will not be accepted, unless it deals with the mechanisms of global management of environmental problems; another example: a summary on the security dimension of world governance will be accepted, but not about the fight against the Islamic State).

Abstracts, whether of individual or collective authorship, must be written in English and must be between a minimum of 3000 and a maximum of 6000 characters (spaces included). The title may not exceed 20 words. They must be between 3 and 5 keywords. The author(s) must be duly identified. Each author may submit a maximum of one communication individually, or two in co-authorship.

From the papers received, the Conference Organizing Committee will select four to be presented orally in each thematic panel. Thus, the total number of papers cannot exceed 40 (four papers in ten panels) in order to ensure reasonable times for presentation and debate.

Papers that are not accepted for oral presentation in the respective panel can be converted into written works or scientific papers, with two possible destinations: an article, with the dimension of 12000 characters, to be published in the JANUS yearbook; or a scientific paper, which, after being peer reviewed, may appear in a special issue of JANUS.NET, e-journal of International Relations, indexed by Scopus.

– The participants who present a paper pay, at the time of registration, a contribution of €100, price which includes the respective certificate.
– For all others, participation in the Conference, whether in person or remotely, is free of charge, without prejudice to the need to register.
– Those who participate in at least 50% of the work may request a certificate of participation by paying, through the website, a contribution of €30.

Participants submitting abstracts for communication should register as soon as the abstract is accepted for oral presentation in panel.
OBSERVARE Integrated Researchers are exempt of any charges.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION

The abstract of the paper should be submitted through this form until 15 October 2021.

Mín. 3000 Max. 6000 characters
From 4 to 6

 

REGISTRATION

Registration is required for all participants, and must be done through this form.

 

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CONFERENCE LOCATION

The IV OBSERVARE International Conference will be held in a hybrid format.

The first part of the Conference will take place exclusively online and the second part will have a reduced number of Conference participants in physical presence and the remaining ones participating remotely, through digital tools.

CONFERENCE LOCATION

The IV OBSERVARE International Conference will be held in a hybrid format.

The first part of the Conference will take place exclusively online and the second part will have a reduced number of congress participants in physical presence and the remaining ones participating remotely, through digital tools.