International Conference
Social Cohesion in Europe and the Americas

organized by
Laboratoire de Sciences Politiques

5.-6. November, 2007
Centre Jean Monnet, Luxembourg

Conference Description:
The purpose of this international conference is to address current developments in social politics in Europe and the Americas and compare the general trends found in the three polities through analysis in various arenas of social policy. Each panel will include one speaker focusing on Europe, one presenting on North America and one examining a South American context. The research presented will cover both historical frameworks and contemporary events. It will also link comparative and international points of view to work conducted in local communities. The objective of the meeting is to organize a volume that discusses the “state of research” in the field of social and economic cohesion and provides suggestions for the creation of theoretical and methodological approaches that link research being conducted in various social arenas and different geographic contexts.

Conference Languages:
The conference will be held in French, English and Spanish with simultaneous translation.

Monday, 5. November

    • 09:00-9:30 Welcome

Lucien Kerger, l’Université du Luxembourg

    • 09:30-9:45 Introduction

Harlan Koff, l’Université du Luxembourg

    • 09:45-11:15 Panel I: Democracy, Social Cohesion and Human Rights

Maria de Lourdes Dieck Assad, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico, “Derechos Humanos y Cohesión Social en México: tendencias recientes”
Aleida Fernandez, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, “Cohesión Social y Derechos de los Niños con Discapacidad en Sudamérica”
Jean-Paul Lehners and René Leboutte, Université du Luxembourg, “Social Europe and Human Rights”
Discussant: Marius R. Busemeyer, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Germany

    • 11:15-11:30 Coffee Break


    • 11:30-13:00 Panel II: Environmental Politics, Water Management, and Public Participation

Kate Berry, University of Nevada, USA, “Social Participation, Risk and Cohesion in Water Governance: Some North America Experiences”
Carmen Maganda, University of California, San Diego, USA, “Water Management Along South American’s Borders: Comparative Perspectives”
Eric Mollard, IRD, France, “Development in Environmental Politics: Conflicts, Cohesion and Coalitions”
Discussant: Christian Schulz, Université du Luxembourg

    • 13:00-14:30 Lunch


    • 14:30-16:00 Panel III: Regional Integration, Risk and Social Cohesion

Virginia García Acosta, CIESAS, Mexico, “Vulnerabilidad, Riesgos y Cohesión Sociales en México”
Lucelly Villegas Villegas, Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia,”Desequilibrios territoriales y conflicto en Colombia”
Eric Marlier, CEPS, Luxembourg, “EU Policy Monitoring and Assessment in the Social Field: Operation and Key Challenges”
Discussant: Constanza Parra, Université de Lille 1, France

    • 16:30 Tour of Parliament (by invitation only)

Tuesday, 6. November

    • 9:00-10:30 Panel IV: Regions, States and Borders: The Social Impact of
      Regional Integration

Claudia Sadowski-Smith, Arizona State University, USA, “The creation of undocumented immigration through U.S. border policy”
Zeline Lacombe, Université de Lille 1, France, “Régionalisme en démocratie : négociations à la marge. Comment sont défendus les intérêts du département le plus riche de Bolivie?”
Bo Strath, Helsinki University, Finland, “European Regions and the Social Question”
Discussant: Joseph Leibovitz, University of Edinburgh, UK

    • 10:30-10:45 Coffee Break


    • 10:45-12:15 Panel V: Democracy, Citizenship and Security

Daniel Sabet, Georgetown University, “Civil Society and Border Security in North America”
Juan Carlos Vélez Rendón, l’Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia, “Conflicto armado, seguridad ciudadana y derechos humanos: los límites para la ‘paz’ en Medellín”
Dominique Duprez, Université de Lille 1, France, “La démocratie française et la securité urbaine”
Discussant: Michel Misse, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    • 12:30-13:00 Conclusion

Harlan Koff, Université du Luxembourg

    • 13:00-14:30 Lunch


    • 14:30-18:30 Business Meeting for the Consortium for Comparative Research on Regional Integration and Social Cohesion (by invitation only)