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Visions of World Society Beyond the West

General Programming

dateNovember 15, 2023 timeWednesday, 8:00am–9:00pm EST location The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia University
Cosponsors
  • The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities
  • Sciences Po
Organizer
  • Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
Contact
email address [email protected]
Notes
  • Free and open to the public
  • Registration required. See details.
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The emerging literature on peripheral approaches to the global order has sparked debates on the contingent character of the so-called ‘Liberal International Order’. It has retrieved less visible or forgotten voices in world politics, as well as reconstructed the ways in which these voices have contested international norms and institutions. However, much of this literature has focused on recovering the different forms of resistance by a so-called ‘non-West’ to the dominant order imposed by ‘the West’. How these actors have acted beyond responding to Western scripts and practices calls for more exploration.

This conference aims is to investigate the full spectrum of agency beyond the West, with a focus on how different actors have shaped and contested the normative structure of the world order, as well as imagined and constructed alternatives to it. It will seek to shed light on how a variety of actors have articulated their own visions of the relationship between states as well as the relationship between the state and the individual. It will explore the diversity of visions from peripheries, the ways in which they have been pursued, and the degree to which they have been realized.

The workshop puts together contributions from the disciplines of International Relations, History, Sociology and Philosophy, as well as multidisciplinary approaches, speaking to the following core dimensions of global order:

i) The political: distribution and regulation of power

ii) The normative/legal: shared norms and rules that should form the basis for all countries to act on their own or collectively in pursuit of their self-interest or collective interest

iii) The economic: (re)distribution of resources and wealth

Image credit: Walid Siti

Program

time8:00am - 9:00am EDT

Breakfast

time9:00am - 9:15am EDT

Introduction

Marina Calculli

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow, Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies

Columbia University & Centre de Recherches Internationales, Sciences Po Paris

time9:15am - 10:15am EDT

Keynote Lecture (I)
Social Death and Rastafari Reason

Robbie Shilliam

Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science

Johns Hopkins University

time10:15am - 12:00pm EDT

Panel I — The Political
Chair & Discussant

Sami Al-Daghistani

Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Research Scholar

Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society & Middle East Institute, Columbia University

The Strongest Bond: Islamic Theories of Solidarity in Anticolonial Thought across South Asia and Egypy

Poorvi Bellur

PhD Candidate in the Department of History

Middle East Institute, Columbia University.

Middle Eastern Communists and Visions for a post-Ottoman World

Burak Sayim

Humanities Research Fellow

New York University Abu Dhabi

Anarchist worldviews: Reflecting on solidarity, freedom, and the meanings of violence, through lives and ideas of 20th Century Asian anarchists

Priya Dixit

Associate Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science

Virginia Tech University

Izetbegović’s Islamic Declaration and Pan-Islamist Visions of Decoloniality

Piro Rexhepi

Researcher

University College London

time12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT

Lunch

time1:00pm - 2:45pm EDT

Panel II - The Normative
Chair & Discussant

Burak Sayim

Humanities Reserach Fellow

New York University Abu Dhabi

The Trope of an Oriental League of Nations: A Bengali Vision of a Normative World Society in the Interwar Years

Arnab Dutta

Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts

University of Groningen

With might and right - Celal Nuri (Ileri) on the relationship of international law and war on the eve of World War I

Emre Susamci

PhD Candidate in the Department of History

Cornell University

The Rwenzururu Movement and its Articulations for an Alternative Global Ordering

Yusra Abdullahi

Faculty of Humanities

Leiden University

'At Long Last’: Integrating the Continent in Bogotá (1948) and Addis Ababa (1961) at the Dusk of Empire

Daniel R. Quiroga-Villamarin

PhD Candidate

Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá & Geneva Graduate Institute

time2:45pm - 3:00pm EDT

Coffee Break

time3:00pm - 4:45pm EDT

Panel III — The Economic
Chair & Discussant

Clara Mattei

Associate Professor in the Economics Department

The New School for Social Research

Kiyoshi Kojima in Latin America: Reimagining the World Economic System from the Pacific Rim

Joanna Gautier Morin

Postdoctoral Fellow

European University Institute

Decolonizing Economics: Epistemology, Ethics, and Islamic Traditions

Sami Al-Daghistani

Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Research Scholar

Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society & Middle East Institute, Columbia University

Seeds of subversion: Peasant communities, food sovereignty and vernacular imaginaries of the global (legal) order

Theodora Valkanou

PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Law

Middle East Institute, Columbia University.

Making Money Work for Development: Ismail-Sabri Abdalla, Samir Amin and the Third World Forum on Alternative Models of the International Monetary Order

Michael Leger

PhD Candidate in the Politics Department

University of Cambridge

time4:45pm - 5:45pm EDT

Keynote lecture (II)
Recovering non-Western agency: implications and dilemmas

Ayse Zarakol

Professor in the Department of Politics and International Studies

University of Cambridge

time5:45pm - 6:00pm EDT

Closing Remarks

Hamid Dabashi

Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies

Columbia University