The institute will chair a conference section dedicated to Comparative Area Studies. GIGA President Prof. Amrita Narlikar is invited to a roundtable discussion on “Multilateralism in Crisis.”
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The German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) will be represented by a number of its scholars bringing forward their latest research results at the annual conference of the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR). The conference will take place between 22 and 25 August and is hosted by the University of Hamburg this year.
The GIGA has organised a conference section on Comparative Area Studies (CAS) chaired by Vice President Prof. Patrick Köllner. In this section, the institute will invite the academic community to debate CAS in connection with its unique global approach to scholarship. It will furthermore cover a variety of CAS-informed research topics, such as the growing international interconnectedness of authoritarian regimes, the global pressure on democratic institutions and freedoms, and migration policies in international comparison.
The plenary programme includes four roundtables, which will address topical issues. GIGA President Prof. Amrita Narlikar will discuss the Crisis of Multilateralism with Prof. Marlene Wind from the University of Copenhagen and Prof. Laurence R. Helfer from Duke University.
The ECPR General Conference is Europe’s largest annual gathering of political scientists, with up to 2,500 participants and close to 500 panels in 68 specialist sections.
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