Fringe Regionalism: When Peripheries Become Regions

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Book presentation by the authors:

Frank Mattheis (REPI-Université libre de Bruxelles)

Alessandra Russo (Centre Emile Durkheim-Sciences Po Bordeaux)

Discussant: Elisa Lopez Lucia (REPI-Université libre de Bruxelles)

Abstract: This book introduces the novel concept of fringe regionalism to the field of international studies. Mattheis, Raineri and Russo examine how regions are practiced by peripheral borderlands rather than centrally planned, thus offering new avenues for researching regionalism beyond the conventional focus on formal intergovernmental organisations.

The authors develop the concept of fringe regionalism beginning from a critical account of the international studies literature dealing with regionalism and of the prevailing bias towards state-led, clearly demarcated projects. Two in-depth case studies, the Sahara and the Caucasus, provide a real-life application of this concept. The authors draw on the tensions between competing demarcations of the region, the regional nature of extra-legal economies and the narratives of cross-border identities to steer their empirical approach.

Thanks to a thorough comparative analysis and additional empirical illustrations, this book is the starting block to apply the concept of fringe regionalism to regions that are neglected by conventional approaches.

Frank Mattheis is Research Fellow at the Université libre de Bruxelles and Associate Researcher at the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation, University of Pretoria (South Africa). He works on governance structures beyond the nation-state in the fields of comparative regionalism and interregionalism.

Alessandra Russo is Post-doctoral Researcher at the Centre Emile Durkheim, Sciences Po Bordeaux. She completed her PhD at Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies (Italy). She specialises in the study of regional organisations (with a special focus on the post-Soviet region), critical theories of Security Studies, transnational organised crime and terrorism.

Organisation: REPI & the GEM Stones PhD School

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January 17th 2019 from 12pm till 2pm (Sandwich lunch provided to those who have signed up)

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39 avenue F. Roosevelt, 1050 Bruxelles

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