YCISS and Nathanson conference addressed global governance challenges


Above: Participants and organizers, left to right, Craig Warkentin, Margaret Beare and William Chambliss

Alison Howell, a researcher in the York Centre for International & Security Studies and a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts, wrote the following article for YFile.

On Feb. 5 and 6, the York Centre for International & Security Studies (YCISS) and the Nathanson Centre for the Study of Organized Crime & Corruption hosted a conference whose mandate was to address challenges and opportunities concerning global governance in the post-Cold War and post-9/11 era.

The conference, entitled “Governance and Global (Dis)Orders: Trends, Transformations, and Impasses”, was the 11th annual conference for YCISS and the fourth annual conference of the Nathanson Centre.

The event drew several highly respected scholars to York, including William Chambliss, The George Washington University; Michael Dartnell, University of New Brunswick; Frank Pierce, Queen’s University; Cristina Rojas, Carleton University; Craig Warkentin, State University of New York, Oswego; and Laura Westra, University of Windsor and a DJur candidate at York’s Osgoode Hall Law School. Scholars from York included Engin Isin, professor of social science and holder of the Canada Research Chair in Citizenship Studies; and Sandra Whitworth, professor of political science, who is also associated with YCISS.

Right: Researchers at the conference included, left to right, Alison Howell, Veronique Aubry and Carmen Sanchez

In addition, the conference featured several graduate students from York and other institutions, who were able to benefit from feedback not only from fellow students, but also from senior academics in attendance.

Participants were welcomed to the conference by Professors David Dewitt, director of YCISS, and Margaret Beare, director of the Nathanson Centre. Later, at a reception that took place at the end of the first day, they were also greeted by Osgoode Dean Patrick J. Monahan.

Due to the great interest generated by the event, a set of selected conference proceedings will be published by late summer 2004. Those interested in the proceedings can contact yciss@yorku.ca for further information.

The conference was made possible through support from the Security & Defence Forum Special Projects (Department of National Defence), and York’s Department of Political Science, Office of the Vice-President Academic, Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation, Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Graduate Studies.