EPID Workshop II

The second EPID workshop will be held in Turin, 23-25 May 2013. This initiative focuses on non-state armed organizations (NSAOs) in today’s world and their implications for the political and social landscape.

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In recent years, many scholars have begun to question the Weberian notion that states truly exercise a monopoly on the uses of force that are considered legitimate by society. This project approaches that notion from a multi-disciplinary perspective, examining the roles of non-state actors in providing governance in the spheres of security and violent claims making. Questions we will address include:

• How should we define "legitimacy" today, in light of multiplying security concerns and Charles Tilly’s view that states are merely those who run the most successful protection rackets?

• How does the expanding use of force and violence by non-state actors express itself in spatial and territorial terms and what are the implications for sovereignty?

• And what do the answers to these questions tell us about the potentially shifting nature and scale of governance, state-society relations, or the future design of policies toward weak or failed states (e.g. by NATO or other strong state actors)?

This project will approach these questions by committing to a conference-writing-publishing forum enlisting leading scholars from both sides of the Atlantic and across disciplines.
- THE WORKSHOP WILL BE HELD IN TURIN (VIGNA DI MADAMA REALE). ATTENDANCE IS LIMITED TO NETWORK-MEMBERS ONLY.

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  • The Compagnia di San Paolo was founded in Torino in 1563 as a charitable brotherhood and it is now one of Europe’s most important private foundations. The Compagnia participates in society’s activities by pursuing ends that are of public interest and social utility, with the aim of favoring civil, cultural, and economic development in the community in which it is active.

  • The Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) was founded in 1965 on the initiative of Altiero Spinelli. The IAI's main objective is to promote an understanding of the problems of international politics through studies, research, meetings and publications, with the aim of increasing the opportunities of all countries to move in the direction of supranational organization, democratic freedom and social justice.

  • The Dipartimento di Culture, Politica e Società of the University of Torino was established in 2013. The Department investigates how human beings think and shape the society they live in, how they organize and regulate social living, the types of political institutions and the interaction between different cultures.

  • SIPRI is an independent international institute dedicated to research into conflict, armaments, arms control and disarmament. Established in 1966, SIPRI provides data, analysis and recommendations, based on open sources, to policymakers, researchers, media and the interested public.

  • The Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies supports research, teaching and outreach activities that advance international studies at Cornell, in order to contribute to our knowledge of the world. The Center is committed to multi-disciplinary and collaborative research, teaching and outreach promoting cross-cultural and cross-national understanding.

  • The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is a non-partisan American public policy and grantmaking institution dedicated to promoting transatlantic cooperation. GMF supports individuals and institutions working in the transatlantic sphere, convenes leaders of the policy and business communities, contributes research and analysis, and provides exchange opportunities.

  • The Centre Marocain des Sciences Sociales (CM2S), based in Casablanca, is an autonomous research association, aimed at engendering institutional research questions about social change and transformation. Up to present, the main research topics have concerned urban anthropology, historical sociology, migrations, electoral processes and entrepreneurship.

  • The Fonds d’analyse des sociétés politiques, created in 2003 by researchers at the French CNRS, is an autonomous research association. It aims at contributing to a better understanding of political societies, through an approach of historical sociology of politics and economics, by comparing the thematic fields of ‘world governance’ with the concrete historical situations to which they are applicable.

  • The East Asian Institute (EAI) is an autonomous research organization of the National University of Singapore. Its main mission is to promote academic and policy-oriented research on East Asian development, particularly the political, economic and social development of contemporary China (including Hong Kong and Taiwan), and China's growing economic relations with the region and the world.

  • The China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations is among China’s largest and oldest civilian research institutions for international studies.

  • The China Center for Contemporary World Studies (CCCWS), based in Beijing, was founded in 2010. Its main fields of research include international affairs, political systems and institutional architecture of foreign countries, China’s strategy towards the world, comparative studies on development models. It actively conducts exchanges and academic discussions with foreign think tanks and research institutes.

  • Established in April 2013, the Center for Italian Studies is located in Hangzhou (P.R.China), within Zhejiang University’s Yuquan campus. The CIS constitutes the most advanced outcome of the strategic partnership initiated in 2007 by the then Faculty of Political Science of the University of Torino and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of Zhejiang University.

  • The Global Governance Programme of the European University Institute provides a unique setting to conduct research at the highest level, promote synergies with policy, generate ideas and identify creative and innovative solutions to global challenges.

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