Faculty Conference - The Liberal State and its Alternatives in the Indian Ocean World
Message from the organizers
Professor Anatol Lieven
Professor Harry Verhoeven
The 2017 Faculty Conference, to take place in March 2017, will be devoted to the theme of “The Liberal State and its Alternatives in the Indian Ocean Region”. It will form the basis for a series of workshops and solicited papers leading to an edited book which we hope will be adopted by a leading academic publisher. The conference will also include a panel for SFS-Q students to present papers on subjects of their choice that are relevant to the main theme.
The particular form of western-led globalization of the past two generations is coming to an end, together with many of its intellectual, political and economic assumptions. What will come next is very unclear, though we may well fear with Gramsci that this period of one world dying and another struggling to be born will produce monsters. This conference will therefore analyze some of the various forms that modernity and the modern state have taken in the Indian Ocean region, and how these differ from the standard version of the liberal state promoted by the West in recent decades.