T12a Ethnic, National and Humankind Identities
Ethnic, state and humankind identities and their mutual relations, is one of the sources of the world’s turmoil and conflict. How to better coordinate the relationship among them is not only an important academic issues, but also an important practical issue. Scholars and officials both from China and European countries must exchange and dialogue about their own understanding and practical experiences, to enhance understanding between China and Europe, share wise ideas and practical experiences. Hence to realize the harmonious coordination of ethnic, state and humankind identities, i.e. the ethnic and cultural diversity rights unity and the unity of the values of the ethnic, state and humankind in the context of globalization.
Topics for debates
Proposals from China:
1. some theoretical discussions on the national identity, state identity and human being identity.
2. comparasion of the commissioning policy on the national and state identies in China and European multinational countries
3. facing the globalization, the meaning of integrate the national, state and human identies and the approach of integration.
Chinese Prime Mover:
Prof. He Ming :
Prof. He Ming 何明, Director of the Center for Studies of Chinese Southwest’s Borderland Ethnic Minorities of Yunnan University and Chief editor of review The Ideological Front (Yunnan University’s Journal of Social Sciences).
European Prime Mover:
Claske Dijkema (Co-director) :
Claske’s academic background lies in sociology (University of Amsterdam) and peace and conflict studies (University of California, Berkeley). Her professional experience started at the “African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes” (ACCORD), a training and research centre on conflict resolution in Africa. Of Dutch origin, she has worked with the Network University (www.netuni.nl) in Amsterdam, developing online courses around the subject of the transformation of conflicts and aimed at a global audience. She also has experience in CSR issues stemming from her role as program manager at the "Robin Good", a Dutch company that creates links between business and social projects.
Karine Gatelier (Co-director) :
Karine holds a doctorate in Social Anthropology (EHESS, Paris) and has conducted research in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kirghizstan (1998-2002). Her focus is centered on collective identities and the relations between minorities and the majority within the Uzbek society. Before this she completed her studies in international relations (INALCO, Paris) and languages (English, Russian, and Persian). Today she works on the political transformation of conflicts emerging from crisis; the dynamics of the breakdown of states; as well as the experiences and future prospects of state reorganisation in the regions of Central Asia (the post-Soviet regions and Afghanistan). She particularly focusses on dynamics of identity; loyalty and political legitimacy; and strategies of legitimization in authoritarian regimes, including the management of revenues from natural resources.