CfP: Building a Regional Commons in Southeast Asia

Call for Panel Proposals and Abstracts

Please submit to [email protected] by 1st March 2013

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Building on ICIRD 2011 and ICIRD 2012, the objectives of the conference are:

  • From a theoretical and applied perspective, provide a forum for debate between scholars, practitioners, civil society and community representatives on current development, international relations and human rights trends in Southeast Asia, with a particular focus on the role of the commons.
  • Create a deeper and wider understanding of ‘the commons’ within Southeast Asia, including from a multi-disciplinary perspective, and understand how the process of deepening ASEAN integration articulates with the commons at the local, national, regional and global scales.
  • Explore how the concept of the commons might create new insights and alternatives towards more sustainable, fairer and peaceful development in Southeast Asia. 

We welcome papers on the themes of development, international relations and human rights in Southeast Asia, in particular those that interrogate the various forms of ‘commons’ (norms, values, concepts and institutions), including from a multi-disciplinary perspective. 


Economic commons

  • The common market: Regional economic integration and the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC)
  • Regional economic governance, including corruption
  • Globalization, trade liberalization and the influence of extra-regional powers
  • Energy and energy security, including oil and gas reserves

Social and societal commons

  • Regional normative commons: Human Rights (including the role of AICHR); Human Security; statelessness and citizenship
  • Democratization and the public sphere, including electoral integrity and political accountability
  • Towards a people-centered ASEAN community?: Social movements, civil society and public participation
  • Migration and migrants within an inter-connecting ASEAN

Nature and Natural Resource commons 

  • Community management of common pool land, forests, fisheries, wildlife and water, including role of institutions, ethnicity, class, gender and belief systems
  • Enclosure and commodification of the commons: Land grabs and water grabs
  • Regional environmental cooperation on transborder common pool resources, for example the Mekong River, Salween River and cross-border forests.
  • Territorial claims and inter-state cooperation: Land and marine resources

Cultural and Knowledge commons

  • Copyrights and patenting, including intellectual property rights
  • Public knowledge
  • The ‘creative commons’: commons-based peer production of knowledge
  • Right to access to information and media freedoms
  • Cultural commons and intangible cultural heritage including, traditions, language and religion 

The digital commons

  • Internet freedom
  • Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) and Peace (ICT4P)
  • Web 2.0 applications (Twitter, wikis and blogs) in development, international cooperation and human rights

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