Authority and African Regionalisms

Research Seminar with Antonia Witt and Dimpho Deleglise

Illustration of Colored Lines

The research project Crafting Regional Autho­rity in Africa and Latin Ame­rica, Measuring a New Political Pheno­menon (ANR REGPOL-ALA) within which this seminar is embedded, focuses on the ana­lysis of politi­cal (de jure) and expert (de facto) autho­rity of regional orga­nisations in Latin America and Africa through a relational and actor-based approach. This research aims to go beyond the formal insti­tutional approaches of inter­national organi­zations’ authority, not only by focusing on speci­ficities of regional authority but also by accoun­ting for the socio­logical aspects and practices of authority within regional orga­nizations.

The research seminar “Authority and African regio­nalisms” brings together scholars from different uni­versities working in the field of regional studies to broaden the analysis of regional authority. The speakers will be asked to prepare a 15 minutes presen­tation of their intake on the stake of authority in African regional orga­nizations, followed by discussions on the subject matter.

The research seminar is orga­nized by the University of Tours (France) / Institut de Recherche Juridiques Inter­disciplinaires (IRJI) and United Nations University Institute on Compa­rative Regional Inte­gration Studies (UNU-CRIS).

When: January 24, 2024, 10 am – 17 pm

Where: United Nations University CRIS, Potterierei 72, 8000 BRUGGE, Belgium & online

Online regis­tration in advance is required. The working language will be English. Further infor­mation can be found on the UNU-CRIS-website.


10:00 am – 10:30 am: Welcome speeches

  • Philippe De Lombaerde - UNU-CRIS Director
  • Kevin Parthenay - Pro­fessor of Political Science (University of Tours) and REGPOL- ALA’s Principal Inves­tigator.

10:30 am – 12:30 pm: Morning Session

  • Frank Mattheis (UNU-CRIS) & Ueli Stager (Uni­versity of Amsterdam)
  • Antonia Witt (Peace Research Institute Frankfurt)
  • Open debate

14:30 pm – 16:30 pm: After­noon Session

  • Dimpho Deleglise (Peace Research Institute Frankfurt) – South African Develop­ment Community (SADC) (to be confirmed)
  • Emmanuel Balogun (Skidmore College) – Eco­nomic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
  • Mariel Reiss (University Marburg) – East African Community (EAC)

16:30 pm – 17:00 pm Concluding keynote

  • Fredrik Söderbaum (Uni­versity of Gothenburg)