Posted by: Hendra Siry | 17 January, 2008

International Conference: Democratic Governance in Timor Leste

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.

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.

For more information, please contac:

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


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