Democracy, (and Europe)

Partition, Democracy, (and Europe)

1-2 March, 2013

University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK

The second in our series of symposia will focus on the specificities of partitions in Europe. With the upcoming referendum on Scottish Independence, this is a particularly timely moment to examine the ways in which partitions and reunifications have shaped this continent and its relations with the rest of the world.

What is the relationship between Empire (globalization) and partition (balkanization)?  If ethnic/racial/religious minorities are democracy’s other, what is democracy’s relationship with partition?  How can we begin to articulate citizenship mediated along ethnic/racial or religious sameness in partition democracies?  How are institutions and statehoods readjusted in the European context? What role does economics play in the partitioned states’ relationship to the EU? What is the role of networking and the space it generates for partitioned populations in contemporary life? How does the framework of partition resonate for the indigenous of settler-nations?

More information on this event will be released soon, but if you want to be kept informed of news about this symposium, please email: partitions@cardiff.ac.uk