[TimorLesteStudies] Registration now open: Democratic Governance inTimor-Leste conference, Charles Darwin University, 7-8 February 2008

Bu Wilson Bu.Wilson at anu.edu.au
Fri Jan 18 14:40:40 EST 2008

Dear All,

As many of you may already know Charles Darwin University will host an
international conference, entitled Democratic Governance in Timor Leste: 

Reconciling the Local and the National, on 7 and 8 February, 2008.
Information about the conference and website address can be found below. We
have had trouble with the online registration form, but this is now
available and working on our website. We will confirm your registration by
email as soon as we can. Registration is free, but is required for catering
and logistical purposes. The conference is open to all, so please feel free
to pass on this information to anyone who may be interested.

We do still have a limited number of spots vacant for presentations, so if
you would like to present a paper, please send me an abstract as soon as
possible for consideration by the organising committee. 

I look forward to seeing you in Darwin in February.



Dr Steven Farram

Research Associate

School of Creative Arts and Humanities

Faculty of Law, Business and Arts

Charles Darwin University

Darwin, Northern Territory


Telephone: (08) 8946 6865

Facsimile: (08) 8946 6540

Email: steven.farram at cdu.edu.au


Charles Darwin University, in conjunction with The Australian National
University and the Timor Institute of Development Studies, will host an
international conference entitled Democratic Governance in Timor Leste: 

Reconciling the Local and the National on 7 and 8 February, 2008.

This conference follows the successful one-day symposium of November 2006
and the subsequent book, The Crisis in Timor-Leste: Understanding the Past,
Imagining the Future.

The 2008 conference will focus on how the process of 'nation building' might
be envisaged given the international, national and local expectations that
press upon the Timor Leste Government and parliament. The aim is to ask
speakers to examine critically the emerging relations between the various
levels of social, institutional and organisational practice that confront
the politicians and 'civil society' during this critical phase of the
country's development. What space currently exists for the genuine
expression and achievement of the citizens' aspirations? How might the
situation be improved?

The conference will be divided into four, half-day panels each led by a
keynote speaker who will address specific aspects of the dynamic relations
between central state and local governance systems in a new nation.

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