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Essentials
  • Submit proposal for the Global Governance third book workshop
  • The editors of Global Governance will act as series editors and selection of the final proposal will be made together with Lynne Rienner Publishers, The Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), and OEF
  • Global Governance and OEF now invite scholars and practitioners to submit proposals for a project workshop and edited book that will explore some aspect of
    “The Role of Southern Regions in Norm Creation and Contestation: The African
    Context.”
  • Successful candidates will be responsible for convening a workshop, supported by
    OEF and the United Nations University, to bring together contributors who can
    provide manuscripts that will speak to the year’s selected focus
  • Deadline: January 15, 2015
Summary

The One Earth Future Foundation (OEF) and the editors of Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations invite you to submit a proposal for our third book workshop. The editors of Global Governance will act as series editors and selection of the final proposal will be made together with Lynne Rienner Publishers, The Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), and OEF. Successful candidates will be responsible for convening a workshop, supported by OEF and the United Nations University, to bring together contributors who can provide manuscripts that will speak to the year’s selected focus.

The workshop will be used as a tool for identifying junior scholars and scholars from developing countries. The experience should help them to develop international contacts, expose them to the etiquettes of international publishing, and develop their skill-sets and self-confidence to submit manuscripts to the professional journals in the field—including Global Governance. The workshop will be used to refine the contributions provided and generate an overall collective structure for the eventual book.

This is the third OEF/Global Governance book workshop. The inaugural workshop was held at the headquarters of the United Nations University (UNU) in Tokyo on January 2014, on the theme of Weak States, Strong Societies. The second workshop will be held in New York in 2015 on The International Drug Control Regime in the Twenty-first Century. 

Global Governance and OEF now invite scholars and practitioners to submit proposals for a project workshop and edited book that will explore some aspect of “The Role of Southern Regions in Norm Creation and Contestation: The African Context.” To support this book project, UNU will provide lodging and meals for a 2-3 day workshop at one of its campuses. Economy-class airfares and modest honoraria for the editor and chapter authors will be provided by OEF. Lynne Rienner Publishers will have the right of first refusal on the edited volume.

Background 

The role of the global South in the construction, dissemination, and institutional embodiment of global norms—as well as contestation and resistance to them—is of growing scholarly inquiry and policy interest. A good starting point is the special section published in August 2014 in Global Governance 20(3) titled, “Principles from the Periphery: The Neglected Southern Sources of Global Norms.” As the essays in this section demonstrate, countries of the South are not simply norm-takers but have also played key roles as norm entrepreneurs and norm setters. Norms, and the institutions of global governance mandated to monitor and promote compliance, are critical instruments for regulating international behavior and, increasingly, national behavior as well. At the same time, there is considerable variation in the specificity of the contexts and the manner of application of global norms to the different regions of the world. The variability is particularly pronounced in the global South.

Against this general backdrop, Africa has always been an important continent for the interplay of global norms and institutions and regional dynamics, from peace operations to questions of human rights, external intervention and the responsibility to protect, international criminal justice, resource management and environmental stewardship. The tensions between international normative benchmarks, regional solidarity and state sovereignty, have played out with particular force and impact in Africa. Over the last decade, the continent has made an extra effort to reclaim agency for African affairs, assuming ownership of processes and accepting responsibility for outcomes. The 2016 book workshop will examine the role of Africa in the creation of global governance norms and as a site for their implementation. It will examine the individuals and institutions providing leadership on global governance norms on the continent and in the global discourse as well—the norm entrepreneurs, carriers, champions and brokers—and those who are the norm spoilers as well. What contributions are African leaders and institutions providing and how are these ideas taken up regionally and globally?

Depending on the results and outcome of this workshop, the editors of Global Governance and the journal’s hosts, One Earth Future Foundation, would be receptive to considering making a workshop on the role of an Southern regions in norm creation and contestation the first in a three-part series. Later projects could examine similar thematic issues with respect to Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and the Middle East.

Application Procedure and Deadline

Please submit the following documents. Applications lacking any of these items will not be considered.

  1. Project Overview: Explain your proposed project and how it relates to the topic
  2. Significance of the proposed book: Please comment briefly on the timeliness, contribution to scholarship, and policy relevance of your project.
  3. Potential audience(s): Explain who your intended audiences will be. These may include academics, policy makers, employees of international organizations, or others.
  4. Contributors and proposed chapters with short description and an indicative word count: We prefer a clear, coherent framework for the book, not a disparate collection of chapters that could stand on their own. Please list likely contributors and a synopsis of their likely contributions, bearing in mind the objectives of the series as explained above. Provide a short statement on your qualifications and experience to undertake this project and your rationale for the team you propose to assemble. Although we would like to see the topic for each of the chapters, you do not need to propose all of the chapter authors. The Global Governance editors would be happy to assist in identifying both junior and senior scholars, if desired.
  5. Budget: Please provide an indicative budget that includes travel, honoraria for the project director and authors, and other expenses, but not hotel and meal costs for the workshop. OEF will consider maximum honoraria of $500 per chapter author and 1,000 for the editor/convener (s). OEF anticipates its budget for this project will be no more than $40,000.
  6. Timeline. Decisions on the grant will be announced in March 2015. Provide an indication of your preferred timetable for the workshop, chapter revisions and submission of final manuscript

Deadline: All submission must be received by January 15, 2015.

Please send submissions and any queries to Roberta Spivak, managing editor at: [email protected]

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