[TimorLesteStudies] Euroseas Conference Panel on Timor-Leste Call
jenster at cres10.anu.edu.au
Wed Jan 10 10:42:33 EST 2007
From Frederic Durand; Enquiries email durand at univ-tlse2.fr
Call for papers to Panel on "Timor Leste: How to
Build a New Nation in Southeast Asia in the 21th Century?"
EUROSEAS Conference, September 12-15, 2007, Naples, Italy.
Christine Cabasset-Semedo (christine.cabasset at free.fr)
Frederic Durand, Department of geography,
Toulouse II-University (durand at univ-tlse2.fr)
At the crossroads of Asia and the Pacific,
East-Timor has a very special place in Southeast
Asia and presents many contrasts, or even
paradoxes. Although not a vast country (a little
bigger than Lebanon), East-Timor shows a high
level of diversity with regards to culture (20
ethnolinguistic groups) as well as to geography.
Qualified of "poorest country of Asia", it has
important agricultural and mineral resources.
"New" country rebuilt by the UN after twenty-five
years of Indonesian military occupation, it
shares more than four centuries of history with
Portugal. Presented like a success story of UN
administration in 2002, the country underwent
since then several crisis that question this success.
These particularities call analyses in all the
fields of research from anthropology to economy,
history and politics, in order to understand the
parameters that explain the difficulties for the
first nation of the third millennium to elaborate
a real project of society and to find its place
in Southeast Asia: tradition versus modernity;
economical and political institutions;
interactions between the components of the
society (religion, political parties, traditional
); role of charismatic personalities,
national unity and cultural diversity; official
languages; reconciliation process; relations with
Indonesia, Australia and other countries of the region
Established researchers as well as young
scholars, from all the fields of social sciences,
are welcomed to participate in this panel.
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