Summer School - Graduate School Global and Area Studies (Leipzig U) Imaginations, Construction and Staging of Space in Global Processes
Katharina Döring & Jens Herpolsheimer (SFB 1199, Leipzig U)
|Date||Monday, 11 June 2018 – Thursday, 14 June 2018|
|Contact||Dr. Martina Keilbach (GSGAS & SFB 1199, Leipzig U) | email@example.com|
“Imaginations and Practices in Constructing ECOWAS’ Political Space”
Over the past decade, the Summer School of Leipzig´s Graduate School Global and Area Studies has established itself as an important meeting place for the interdisciplinary discussion of transnationalization and transculturalism as well as new trends in the research of globalization in general. The 2018 edition, which again is organized in close cooperation with the Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO) and the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1199: “Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition” addresses the issue of imaginations of space and their role in global processes. With its thematic focus, the summer school takes up the annual conference`s theme of the SFB (taking place in October 2018) and provides an arena for young researchers more specifically to present their ongoing research related to imaginations and space-making under the global condition.
Imaginations and practices in constructing West African political space/regional order: The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
Under the global condition, national actors have found diverse ways to shape the international environment in order to promote their particular political projects to respond to their idea of globalization. One prominent avenue to (re-)imagine geographies and to widen spaces of action are regional organizations or regionalisms. On the African continent, these spatial formats are particularly prevalent with many overlapping regional organizations. These promised the political and bureaucratic elites more room for maneuver in economic, political and security issues for which the nation state alone seemed to be no longer the most suitable scale.
The panel will focus on one particular regional organization, ECOWAS, created in 1975. ECOWAS presents a particularly interesting project of space-making as, since the 1990s, it took on a role in maintaining regional peace and security. Later, it became part of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA). This continental architecture presents another layer of spatial imagination as it proposes a particular division of labor between the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) such as ECOWAS, the African Union and the United Nations, thus producing a scalar hierarchy between them.
On this panel, contributions will discuss how space is produced through the perceptions, reflections and imaginations of actors under the global condition. By drawing on in-depth empirical material the speakers will focus on ECOWAS to analyze the various actors involved in this process, such as directorates of the organization, heads of state, or “external actors” as well as their practices in shaping political and security spaces in West Africa.
Jens Herpolsheimer, M.A. (Leipzig University)
Katharina P.W. Döring, M.A. (Leipzig University)
Lukas Maximilian Müller, M.A. (University of Freiburg)
Sanae Suzuki Nakayama, PhD (University of Copenhagen)
Habibu Yaya Bappah, PhD (ECOWAS Commission, Abuja, Nigeria)