International Conference

State Secession and Separatism in Europe and Asia

 

Organizers:

 

Prof. Jean-Pierre Cabestan, Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University.

 

Dr. Aleksandar Pavkovic, Department of Government and Public Administration, University of Macau.

 

Date:  7-9 December 2009

 

Venue:  University of Macau / Hong Kong Baptist University

 

Monday 7 December & Tuesday Morning 8 December: University of Macau

HG01 Ho Yin Convention Centre, University of Macau, Taipa, Macau.

 

Wednesday 9 December: Hong Kong Baptist University

Dr. Wu Yee Sun Lecture Theatre (NAB109), Hong Kong Baptist University, Renfrew Road, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong.

 

 

Monday 7 December 2009

University of Macau

 

Morning

 

9:15 am  

Registration

 

9:30 am

Opening Ceremony

 

9:45 am

 

First Part: State Secession and Separatism in the Post Cold War Era

 

Keynote Speech:

 

“Secession and International Order”

James Mayall, University of Cambridge, U.K.

 

10:30 am

Discussion

 

10:45 am

Coffee Break

 

 

 

11:00 am

 

Session 1: Secession in the Post Cold War Era

Chair: Newman Lam, University of Macau.

 

“What is Living and What is Dead in Economic Interpretations of Secessionism?”

Lloyd Cox, Macquarie University, Australia.

 

"Two-tier Sovereignty in the Post-Westphalian World Order?

Lessons Drawn from the Soviet Ukrainian Model"
Simon Shen, Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong.

 

12:00 noon – 12:30 pm

Discussion

 

 

Afternoon

 

2:00 pm

 

Second Part: State Secession and Separatism in Europe and the Middle East

 

Session 2: The Failure of Communist Federalism

Chair: Zhidong Hao, University of Macau.

 

 “Secession as a Way of Dissolving Federations: The USSR

Richard Sakwa, University of Kent, U.K.

 

“Failure of Socialist Federalism: The Case of Yugoslavia

Aleksandar Pavkovic, University of Macau, Macau.

 

3:00 pm

Discussion

 

3:30 pm

Coffee Break

 

4:00 pm

 

Session 3: Separatism in Western Europe and the Middle East

Chair:  Bill Chou, University of Macau.

 

“The Independence of Scotland

Michael Keating, European University Institute, Italy.

 

“Secession and Liberal Democracy: The Case of the Basque Country”

Ferran Requejo & Marc Sanjaume, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain.

 

“The Issue of Separatism in Kurdistan

 Hamit Bozarslan, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, France.

 

5:30 pm

Discussion

 

 

Tuesday 8 December 2009

University of Macau

 

Morning

 

10:00 am

 

Second Part: Separatism and Secession in Europe and the Middle East (cont’d)

 

Session 4: The Failure of Post-Communist Accommodation

Chair: Emilie Tran, University of Saint Joseph, Macau.

 

“Repression or Conciliation?  Comparative Analysis of the State Responses to the Ethnic Rebellion in Serbia and Macedonia

Keiichi Kubo, Waseda University, Japan.

 

“Separatism in Post-Soviet Space: The case of the Caucasus

Jean Radvanyi, French-Russian Research Centre of Human and Social Sciences, Russia.

 

 “Wars of Secession: Chechnya and Kosovo”

Aleksandar Pavkovic, University of Macau, Macau.

 

11:30 am

Coffee Break

 

12:00 noon - 1:00 pm

Discussion

 

 

Day 3: Wednesday 9 December 2009

Hong Kong Baptist University

 

Third Part: Separatism in Asia

 

Morning

 

9:00 am

Registration

 

9:30 am

 

Opening Remarks

Prof. Tsoi Ah Chung, Vice-President (Research and Institutional Advancement),

Hong Kong Baptist University.

 

Introduction and Recap of the Previous Sessions

Prof. Jean-Pierre Cabestan, Head, Department of Government and International Studies, HKBU

 

9:45 am

 

Session 5: Separatism in South and Southeast Asia

Chair: James Tang, The University of Hong Kong.

 

“Secessionism in Independent India: Failed Attempts, Irredentism and Accommodation”

Jean-Luc Racine, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, France.

 

“Ethnic Separatism in Burma/Myanmar: Old Issues, New Challenges”

Renaud Egreteau, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

 

10:40 am

Discussion

 

11:00 am

Coffee Break

 

11:30 am

 

“The Future of Tamil Nationalism and the Tamil Diaspora After the LTTE”

Chris Smith, Chatham House, U.K.

 

“Timor-Leste Independence. Back on the Resistance Strategies and on the International Perception of the ‘Timor Problem’”

Christine Cabasset-Semedo, Universities of Paris-Evry Val d’Essonne and INALCO, France.

 

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm

Discussion

 

 

Afternoon

 

2:15 pm

 

Session 6: China: Autonomy, Separatism or Divided Nation?

Chair: Joseph Cheng, City University of Hong Kong.

 

“The Case of Tibet and the Autonomy Debate”

Robert Barnett, Columbia University, U.S.A.

 

“The Case of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of China

Nicholas Bequelin, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

 

3:15 pm

Discussion

 

3:45 pm

Coffee Break

 

4:15 pm

 

 Taiwan: Rising National Identity and the Challenges to Cross-Strait Relations”

T.Y. Wang, Illinois State University, U.S.A.

 

“Nation-Building and National Identity in China: How could the 56 Ethnic Groups become an Entity?”

Wai Ting, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong.

 

5:15 pm

Discussion

 

5:45 pm

Conclusions

 

By Prof. Jean-Pierre Cabestan, Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University.