Invited Day 3
Overcoming Contemporary Global Crises based on the Relational Studies: a new approach to restore a society with equality and security
Chaired by: Keiko Sakai, Center for Relational Studies on Global Crises, Chiba University
Since the turn of the century, we have witnessed critical events and disasters such as 9.11, War on Afghanistan, War on Iraq, brutal aftermath of Arab Uprisings, Civil Wars in Syria and Yemen, as well as emergence of Islamic State. Wars and conflicts caused tremendous flow of refugees and migrants from Middle East to the Europe, which resulted in, in a way, the Brexit and birth of Trump administration. Socio-economic trans-border networks with SNS, modern technology, and global human mobilization, are now the part of our daily life, as subtheme 5 of the Conference < Globalization, diversity, and cultures of belonging > clearly points out.
As the above subtheme focuses “the rapid increase in mobility of human beings, money, commodities and information on society, economy and politics”, even a smallest event we experience can be a trigger to calamitous results that shook the whole world. 5 years-Syrian boy who was drowned in the Mediterranean Sea moved the global public opinion, caused serious discussions on multi-culturalism in the EU, giving a rise of populism, as well as of religious extremism.
How, then, can we grasp such complicated and intertwined web of relationships, from local level to global level? How can we analyse them, solve them and stop crises to occur again? This question is the starting point of “Relational Studies on Global Crises”. Can’t we establish an innovative area of academism to gather all the human wisdom and knowledge in order to solve these vital and crucial problems that our dear planet faces? This is the purpose of “Relational Studies on Global Crises”, which pursues freedom, democracy, and security from diverse aspects, as subtheme 9 deals with.
In this session, session organizer proposes a new perspective named “Relational Studies on Global Crises” to understand the current global crises which we believe will contribute to the WSSF’s challenge “to create a platform for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research to contribute to transformations to the sustainable world”. Session organizer invites three prominent scholars who study various conflicting areas based on various academic methodologies, but who share the necessity of introducing the new way forward to effective social and political change. These panelists are:
Wendy Bracewell, Professor of South-East European History, from UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES). Title of her presentation is “Eastern Europe without Borders”.
Filip Reyntjens, Emeritus Professor of Law and Politics, from Institute of Development Policy and Management (IOB), University of Antwerp. Title of his presentation is "A multi-causal approach to protracted conflict: The case of the African great lakes region".
Zahra Ali, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Rutgers- Newark College of Arts and Sciences. Title of her presentation is "Gender, Sectarianism and Citizenship in post-2003 Iraq".
Adding to the above three, the session organizer, Keiko SAKAI, a professor and dean of the Center for Relational Studies on Global Crises, Chiba University gives her presentation on “Analysing the conflicts in the Middle East from the viewpoint of Relational Studies on Global Crises”
- Keiko Sakai, Faculty of Law, Dean of Center for Relational Studies on Global Crises, Chiba University, Japan
- Analyzing the conflicts in the Middle East from the viewpoint of Relational Studies on Global Crises
- Wendy Bracewell, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES), UK
- Eastern Europe without Borders
- Filip Reyntjens, Institute of Development Policy and Management (IOB), Belgium
- A multi-causal approach to protracted conflict:The case of the African great lakes region
- Zahra Ali, Rutgers- Newark College of Arts and Sciences, USA
- Gender, Sectarianism and Citizenship in post-2003 Iraq