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Sep
26
Tue
2017
The Future of Europe as a Cultural Fact @ Sala Europa, Villa Schifanoia
Sep 26 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

In his 2013 book The Future as Cultural Fact, Arjun Appadurai was writing that we need to understand better the interactions between three notable human preoccupations: imagination, anticipation, and aspiration. Appadurai pointed out that the capacities to aspire, anticipate and imagine are recognizably universal but culturally defined; they take their force within local systems of value and meaning. In exercising our capacities to imagine, anticipate and aspire, Appadurai argues that we need to adopt an ethics of possibility (of building a better, more equitable world for ourselves and our children) against an ethics of probability (of risk, disaster and privately created security). Thinking about the future of Europe today one wonders what is the balance of forces between a transnational ethics of possibility (and responsibility) and a national or regional ethics of probability. This workshop will critically discuss how the concepts outlined above have played out in recent European crises (the Eurozone crisis, the refugee emergency) and how they can help us rethink the future of Europe.

Arjun Appadurai is the Goddard Professor in Media, Culture and Communication at New York University, where he is also Senior Fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge. He serves as Honorary Professor in the Department of Media and Communication, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Tata Chair Professor at The Tata Institute for Social Sciences, Mumbai and as a Senior Research Partner at the Max-Planck Institute for Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Gottingen. Appadurai is world renowned expert on the cultural dynamics of globalization, having authored numerous books and scholarly articles. The nature and significance of his contributions throughout his academic career have earned him the reputation as a leading figure in his field. 

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Nov
27
Mon
2017
Global Patterns and Trends in Citizenship Policies. Birthright, Naturalisation and e-Citizenship @ Theatre, Badia Fiesolana
Nov 27 all-day

Citizenship laws and policies form a resilient core of state sovereignty. International legal norms have emerged to avoid conflicts between states and to secure basic human rights in matters of nationality law. Yet states have remained largely free to choose their own rules for determining who are their citizens by birth or naturalisation and under which conditions citizenship can be lost through renunciation or withdrawal. Even within the European Union, whose supranational citizenship is derived from Member State nationality, there has been no effort to harmonize national citizenship laws. 

Yet state sovereignty in this matter does not mean that state policies are not influenced by what other states are doing and by migration flows across international borders. The comparative literature on citizenship has so far focused nearly exclusively on domestic drivers of citizenship policy and reform, including historic conditions for nation-building and the domestic politics of citizenship in which left-wing and right-wing parties have contrasting ideological commitments and are incentivized by different electoral interests. While domestic factors clearly matter, they are insufficient for understanding how citizenship policies evolve over time. Historical institutionalist explanations have also led to an unwarranted assumption that citizenship regimes can be compared as internally coherent national models. Such models are based on either ethnic or civic normative conceptions of membership and can be described by a few selected indicators, such as the predominance of ius sanguinis or ius soli provisions. The strong focus on domestic explanations for national citizenship models can be regarded as a manifestation of methodological nationalism in the social sciences, but it is also due to a lack of available data that would allow systematically comparing particular regulations of the acquisition and loss of citizenship across large numbers of states.

GLOBALCIT, the successor of EUDO Citizenship since 2017, addresses the need to understand the varieties of citizenship laws and policies in a globalised world. It relies on a large international network of country experts who write country reports, collect legal documents and provide input for our comparative databases. GLOBALCIT publishes qualitative databases on modes of acquisition and loss of citizenship with nearly fully global coverage, as well as quantitative indicators on citizenship status and electoral rights. Our updated and expanded CITLAW datasets cover nearly all modes of citizenship acquisition and loss in 42 European countries for 2011 and 2016; our 2016 CITLAW birthright dataset provides comparative and user-friendly data on the acquisition of citizenship at birth.

Celebrating our continuous geographical and thematic expansion, discussing new findings and insights, and evolving research agendas, this workshop explores (a) patterns of variation and clustering among countries with regard to their citizenship regimes and (b) global trends in citizenship reform and diffusion processes of citizenship policies. It focuses on birthright, naturalisation and e-citizenship. Papers will offer explanatory hypotheses, interpretive accounts or normative evaluations about convergence, domestic policy reforms and progressive development of international legal norms in matters of nationality law.   

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Dec
11
Mon
2017
China’s prospects after the 19th Communist Party Congress: envisioning multiple scenarios @ Villa Schifanoia
Dec 11 @ 9:00 am – Dec 13 @ 1:00 pm

ACADEMY OF GLOBAL GOVERNANCE

 

Application deadline: 12 November 2017

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Scientific Coordinators

Giorgia Giovannetti | European University Institute & University of Florence

Giovanni Andornino | University of Torino and Torino World Affairs Institute (T.wai)

 

 

Description

This Executive Training Seminar brings together European and Chinese scholars with vast experience in strategic foresight and policy analysis for an intensive program combining insights into China’s socio-political and economic dynamics and current global trends with a highly interactive methodology.

Over the first two days of activities, participants will be exposed to multiple perspectives on the outcomes of the 19th congress of the Chinese Communist Party and, more broadly, on China’s latest cycle of domestic reforms, their impact on world trade, regional and global macro-economic stability, and international development. Beijing’s increasingly proactive economic, foreign and security policies will be examined in the context of the Belt and Road Initiative, President Xi Jinping’s signature proposition to enhance Eurasian connectivity thorough China’s leadership.

The Executive Training Seminar then culminates in a half-day-long scenario-making exercise. Participants are led to identify and assess relevant macro-variables, isolating megatrends and critical uncertainties in order to articulate alternative “futures” and discuss appropriate policies to steer from the “official future” to the preferred scenario.

 

Speakers

Giovanni Andornino, University of Torino and Torino World Affairs Institute

Giorgia Giovannetti, European University Institute and University of Florence

Fang Jin, China Development Research Foundation

Zhao Minghao, International Department of the Communist Party of China

Men Honghua, Tongji University

 

** KEYNOTE SPEECH: Romano Prodi (TBC) **

 

 

Logistics

Training courses offered by the Academy of Global Governance are generally free of charge. Admission, though, is granted only on the basis of a successful application (APPLY HERE). Confirmed participants are expected to bear the costs of their travel and accommodation themselves.

 

Scholarships

There is a limited number of scholarships available, designed as contribution to the coverage of a participant’s travel and accommodation costs. These scholarships are strictly reserved to people from the least developed countries as defined by the United Nations. Application deadline for scholarships: 30 October 2017.

Dec
13
Wed
2017
The resilience of Russia’s global outreach: challenges and opportunities @ Villa Schifanoia
Dec 13 @ 2:00 pm – Dec 15 @ 6:00 pm

Academy of Global Governance

 

 

 

Application deadline: 12 November 2017

APPLY HERE

 

 

 

Scientific Coordinators

Giorgia Giovannetti | European University Institute and University of Florence

Giovanni Andornino | University of Torino and Torino World Affairs Institute (T.wai)

 

 

Description

This Executive Training Seminar brings together scholars and policy analysts from key Russian, European, and American institutions for an intensive program combining insights into Russia’s current socio-political dynamics, foreign policy, and international political economy.

Over the first two days of activities, participants will be exposed to multiple perspectives on the state of the Russian economy and industrial sector, Russia’s relations with major powers and its regional role in Central Asia and the Middle East, the political economy of sanctions, and the evolution of the official rhetoric of Russia as a civilizational state with a distinct system of cultural values.

The Executive Training Seminar then culminates in a half-day-long scenario-making exercise. Participants are led to identify and assess relevant macro-variables – chiefly of political and economic nature –, isolating megatrends and critical uncertainties in order to articulate alternative “futures” and discuss appropriate policies to steer from the “official future” to the preferred scenario.

 

Speakers

Giovanni Andornino, University of Torino and Torino World Affairs Institute

Giorgia Giovannetti, European University Institute and University of Florence

Serena Giusti, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna di Pisa

Andrey Kortunov, Russian International Affairs Council

Alexander Gabuev, Carnegie Moscow Centre

 

 

 

Logistics

Training courses offered by the Academy of Global Governance are generally free of charge. Admission, though, is granted only on the basis of a successful application (APPLY HERE). Confirmed participants are expected to bear the costs of their travel and accommodation themselves.

 

Scholarships

There is a limited number of scholarships available, designed as contribution to the coverage of a participant’s travel and accommodation costs. These scholarships are strictly reserved to people from the least developed countries as defined by the United NationsApplication deadline for scholarships: 30 October 2017.