1st International Conference on Globalisation, Governance and Sustainability for Youth in ASEAN

Conference for Undergraduates in Southeast Asia organised by Political Science Club, School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia

1st International Conference on Globalisation, Governance and Sustainability for Youth in ASEAN 19 - 22 March 2011, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia

Conference for Undergraduates in Southeast Asia

Organised by
Political Science Club, School of Social Sciences,
Universiti Sains Malaysia

1. Introduction

1.1 The new millennium has thus far witnessed massive social and economic transformation wrought by advances in technology, the paradigmatic shift in economic power equations and the emergence of civil society motivated by the ideals of equitability, egalitarianism and freedom. The net result of this transformation has been the metamorphosis of hitherto secluded and disparate societies into highly networked and interlinked entities which are constantly impacted by the waves of globalisation, the gusts of governance and the doubts of sustainability.

1.2. The acceleration of globalisation as a contemporary trans-boundary phenomenon transcending spatial and temporal dimensions has to a large extent been facilitated by advances in ICT technology. These advances have not only enabled individual and group mobility but also resulted in the enhanced coalescence of economic and socio-cultural activity on an unprecedented scale. However, the making of the global village has wrought unwelcome consequences such as the continued sustainability of indigenous human eco-systems and the preservation and contiguity of cultural legacies in the face of an information deluge and incessant cultural intrusion. These existential dilemmas require a reappraisal of globalisation as a tool of socio-cultural transformation and youths play an important source of intellectual input to address these perennial concerns. .

1.3. Governance, as an emerging issue, is largely predicated upon the advent of democracy and civil society. Such developments have to a large extent been facilitated by the free flow of information, ideas and opinions facilitated by the contemporaneous enhancements in communication which has facilitated the development of virtual social dyads dedicated to advancing the cause of transparency, accountability and efficiency. In this regard, there is a need to engage the relevant stakeholders, particularly youths, who being the cradle of idealism can contribute immensely to the fostering of initiatives that nurture the continued growth and flowering of civil society.

1.4. In recent years, sustainability has become a de rigueur in many developed and developing societies confronted by resource depletion, population growth and ageing, and environmental degradation underpinned by an increasingly unsustainable economic paradigm. Given these multifarious challenges threatening the long-term viability of many societies, there is a need to mobilise diverse stakeholders, particularly the young, to formulate sustainable policies and innovative initiatives so that future generations inherit a healed Earth rather than a wounded landscape.

1.5. The preceding clearly indicate that the youth of ASEAN must be sensitised to the rapid teleological evolution of the societies they are citizenry of. Additionally, it also predicates that they must be engaged as important stakeholders who can constructively contribute valuable input in the formulation of public policy and the design of development initiatives. It is in this regard, that this conference is being convened in order to serve as forum for undergraduates from the ASEAN region to exchange opinions, ideas as well as provide suggestions about the perceptible transformations in their midst.

Undergraduates from ASEAN countries.

Conference Details
• There will be three slots: slot 1, slot 2 and slot 3.
• Each slot consists of three parallel sessions: globalisation, governance and sustainable contexts
• Each parallel session will have four paper presentations based on the theme and subthemes of the conference but specifically about challenges, current issues and future scenarios related to globalisation, governance and sustainability.
• The paper presentation takes 2 hours in which each presenter will take 20 minutes to be followed by a Question and Answer (Q&A) session of 30 minutes duration.
• During paper presentations, each concurrent session will be chaired by a moderator who will be assisted by a rapporteur. The rapporteur will record and produce a summary of resolutions of each concurrent session.
• A plenary session is scheduled for the last session after all papers have been presented. During the plenary session, all resolutions that have been documented will be submitted to the relevant ASEAN representatives.

Globalisation, Governance and Sustainability for Youth in ASEAN.

Subthemes pertaining to the political, economic and social spheres will centre on discussions pertaining to current challenges, contemporary issues and future scenarios related to globalisation, governance and sustainability and their attendant implications.

• To discuss the role and relationships between Globalization, Governance and Sustainability in ASEAN context.
• To promote sustainability values amongst youth specifically in ASEAN in line with University Sains Malaysia’s vision and mission of “Transforming Higher Education for a Sustainable Tomorrow”.
• To serve forum for cross-disciplinary interaction to cultivate self-confident among students
• To serve as a platform for local and foreign undergraduates to express opinions and exchange ideas about current issues and challenges as well as future developments pertaining to globalisation, governance and sustainability in the ASEAN region

• The Challenges of Globalisation in ASEAN
• Implication of Globalisation and Development of Democracy in ASEAN
• Globalization and the challenges of Neo-Liberalism in ASEAN
• Globalisation and the impact of sustainability in ASEAN.
• Indigenous Values and the Globalization phenomenon in ASEAN.
• The challenges of globalisation towards native languages in ASEAN

• The challenge of governance and neo-liberalism in ASEAN.
• Governance and sustainability issue in ASEAN.
• Governance as a current discourse in ASEAN.
• Democracy and governance: challenges and opportunity in ASEAN.
• Governance and development of language in ASEAN.
• Democracy and sustainability policy in ASEAN

• The role of sustainability in the promotion and preservation of linguistic diversity in ASEAN.
• USM vision as the initiator of sustainability policy for ASEAN.
• ASEAN and sustainability.
• ASEAN, challenges and opportunities for sustainability policy implementation

Paper Submission
• Participants should prepare a full paper (15 pages, A4 size paper, 20 minutes for each presentation) based on the above themes.
• Abstracts of the full paper to be send to the Organiser before or by 25 January 2011 (for International Students) and 4 February 2011 (for local students).
• All full papers must be received by the Organisers before or by 20 February 2011.
• Language: Papers submission and presentation should either be in Bahasa Malaysia or in English.

For further details, please contact:
Nor Rafidah Binti Khairuddin - [email protected]
Ainatul Fathiyah Binti Abdul - [email protected]
Email: [email protected]
Website; www.icggs.co.cc

From 19 Mar 2011
Until 22 Mar 2011
Penang, Malaysia
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