Monday, 23 April 2012

Conference RSVP

Dear all

Just to remind you that the conference THE SOCIAL AND THE POLITICAL IN DISCOURSES OF STATE-BUILDING is now drawing closer.

The event starts at 9.00am (registration 8.30am) on Friday 27th. Venue: The Boardroom, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW.

Please RSVP at:

Hope you can all make it.

Best wishes
The Organisers

Sunday, 8 April 2012


POST-GRADUATE CONFERENCE: “THE SOCIAL AND THE POLITICAL IN DISCOURSES OF STATE-BUILDING.” Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster
Fri, 27th of April 2012


8.30 - 9.00

9.00 - 9.15
Welcoming address
Roland Dannreuther, Head of Department 

9.15 - 10.45
Panel 1
Statebuilding and Society: Discursive Formations and Conceptual Approaches

‘Authority vs Transformation: Accounting for Contemporary Statebuilding Through Its Absences’
Marta Iniguez de Herredia (LSE)

‘Building States Without Citizens? Postconflict Societies and Contested Citizenship’
Branka Marijan (Wilfrid Laurier University)

‘State-building as Discursive Formation: A Gendered Project?’
Audrey Reeves (University of Bristol)

‘The Discourse of Unintended Consequences in State-building Research’
Gezim Visoka (Dublin City University)

10.45 - 11.45
Panel 2
The State of Society: Ownership and the Democratization of Power

‘The Rise of the Social and the End(s) of Democracy’
David Chandler (University of Westminster)

‘Ownership Discourses in State-Building’
Dominik Zaum (LSE)

11.45 - 12.00 
Coffee break

12.00 - 1.15
 Panel 3
Working through the Social Question: State-building, ‘realpolitik’ and Material Interests

‘From Bismarck to Petraeus: The Question of the Social and the Social Question in Counterinsurgency’
Patricia Owens, University of Sussex

‘Governance and the Construction of the Social: The Truth behind Intervention and State-building’
Jonathan Joseph, University of Kent

1.15 -2.15 
Lunch break

2.15- 3.45
 Panel 4
Continuity or Change? Sovereignty, Hybridity and Reconstruction

‘Minority Rights in the Process of (Sub)State-building: The EU’s Role in Kosovo and the Question of (Ethnic) Sovereignty’
Marius Calu (Queen Mary)

‘Stability through Good Governance, Prosperity through Self-determination’
Kushtrim Bylykbashi (University of Westminster)

‘Good Governance for Statebuilding in the West Bank, Palestine: Fayyadism, Hybridity and Sovereignty’
Alaa Tartir (LSE)

‘From Post-Conflict to Post-Disaster Statebuilding: The Case of Haiti’
Zoi Vardanika (University of Reading)

3.45 - 4.00 
Coffee break

4.00 - 5.30
 Panel 5
Therapy, Justice and Self-Determination: Lessons from the Balkans - Dilemmas of State-building

‘Therapeutic Statebuilding: International Trauma Advocacy and Croatian Veteran Politics’
Vanessa Pupavac, University of Nottingham
‘Serbian Civil Society as an Exclusionary Space: NGOs, the Public and "Coming to Terms with the Past"’
Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik, Aston University
‘Self-Determination in Theory and Practice: Lessons from the Balkans’
James Ker-Lindsay

5.30- 5.45
Closing remarks
Elisa Randazzo, Pol Bargu├ęs, Jessica Schmidt


Conference Venue:
The Boardroom 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW