Call for Participants for Waseda & Erasmus Mundus-GEM PhD School Joint Summer Institute 2011, "Europe-Asia: Comparative Regional Integration" August 1 (Monday) - August 5 (Friday)   * CLOSE THE LIST (Deadline: May 31st (Tue))


Waseda & Erasmus Mundus-GEM PhD School Joint Summer Institute 2011
Europe-Asia: Comparative Regional Integration
Waseda University Global COE Program:
Global Institute for Asian Regional Integration (GIARI)
August 1 (Monday) – August 5 (Friday)
Call for Participants

The Waseda University Global COE Program, the Global Institute for Asian Regional Integration (GIARI), is accepting applications from PhD students to attend the Joint Summer Institute on Europe-Asia: Comparative Regional Integration. The Institute will provide students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge about regional integration in Europe and/or Asia and expand their research networks.

The Summer Institute encourages the application of PhD students conducting theoretical and empirical research on issues related to regional integration in Europe and/or Asia from various aspects, including but not limited to politics, security, human security, economics, sociology, culture, and environment. The Institute will provide a supportive environment where students can share their ideas, receive feedback on their research projects, and offer constructive and critical advice to other participants. The five-day program will also include advice on practical matters such as conducting fieldwork. The program will include a number of panels, providing students the opportunity to present their work with the aim to potentially publish the best papers in the Asian Regional Integration Review published by GIARI.

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Program contents:

  • Lectures & Discussion (Aug 1., 2 , 4, 5)
    Morning sessions: Lectures by leading professors on the subject
    Afternoon sessions: Student presentations and discussions
  • Fieldtrips(Aug 3)
    Site visits to a government agency and a private company


    Program Coordinators:
  • Shujiro Urata(GIARI, Waseda University)
  • Takashi Terada(GIARI, Organization for Asian Studies)
  • Mario TELO(Institut d’Etudes Européennes de l’Université Libre de Bruxelles – IEE-ULB)
    Title: "EU Studies & IR –Varieties of Multilateral Cooperation and Comparative Regionalisms"
  • Sebastinano MAFFETTONE(Libera Universita Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli : LUISS)
    Title: "Political Theory–Regionalism & global liberalism"
  • Nicolas LEVRAT(Université de Genève – UNIGE)
    Title: "EU Law -­European Union’s Institutions"
  • Frederik PONJAERT(Institut d’Etudes Européennes de l’Université Libre de Bruxelles – IEE-ULB)
    Title: "Comparative Regionalism – Europe & East Asia Compared"
  • Peter Drysdale(Australian National University)
  • Dennis McNamara (Georgetown University)
    Title: “A Sociology of Regions – Ideas, Institutions, and Asian Integration.”
  • In-Jin Yoon(Korea University)
  • Tsuneo Akaha(Monterey Institute of International Studies; GIARI, Waseda University)

Call for Participants:

  • The Summer Institute is open to all PhD students interested in European and/or Asian regional integration
  • Number of students: 10 (5 students from Asian countries and 5 students from Waseda University)
  • Fee and payment for those who apply from overseas universities: Airfare and accommodation expenses (six nights and seven days in Tokyo) will be covered by GIARI.

Application Procedure:

  • Submit an application form as well as an abstract of the paper you will present at the Summer Institute.
  • Deadline for the submission of necessary documents: May 31, 2011.
  • The application form can be downloaded from the GIARI Web site.
  • The abstract should be a maximum of 250 words, including your name, affiliation, paper's title, and the subject category to which you are applying. Abstracts will be judged on strength and coherence of argument, originality, appropriate use of methodology, and knowledge of existing debates.
  • The successful applicants should submit papers. The total word count of the paper should be 5,000~10,000 words. The paper will be passed to the professors before the start of the Summer Institute. The deadline for submitting the papers is July 20, 2010. The best papers will be considered for publication in Asian Regional Integration Review, Vol. 4 (2012), published by GIARI, Waseda University.
  • Necessary documents for applying (application form and abstract) and any inquiries should be sent to the GIARI Office:

FAQ and Application Form *close the list

*Please read “Summer Institute FAQ”carefully before you apply.

Past Summer Institute on Regional Integration at Waseda

From the Participants’ Questionnaire

As a result of this program, have your ideas about regional integration in Asia changed? If so, how?

  • All presentations have variety of academic discipline such as economic social science and politics. However, they have one common thing "regional integration". I was trying to analyse the regional integration with focused on only my field. Thought this program, I realise that considering other factors and approach method is important to understand the phenomenon of regional collaboration more clearly. (a participant in 2010)
  • Regional integration process is multi-faceted, which span across political, economic, social and other aspects. This summer Institute allows me to see the process of regional integration from numerous other perspectives. I believe people to people and educational exchange are the keys to the process. I strongly commend GIARI's effort. (a participant in 2010)
  • They have become more refined due to the lecture, presentations from different diplomas and approach. I think now have better grasp of the further and the greater picture of different aspects of Asian regional integration. My understanding on regional integration in Asia has greatly benefitted from this excellent summer Institution. (a participant in 2010)
  • My understandings about regional integration in Asia have been collected progress knowledge at least in two ways:
    1. Deeper, more details about the theory of regional integration
    2. broader, more coverage into other disciplines or approaches.
    This session/ seminar give me both benefit of knowledge-sharing in the sense of comprehensive; details at the same time. (a participant in 2009)
  • It was really fruitful time discussing and communication with other scholars. (a participant in 2010)
  • This event has been managing in good way in sense of achieving the purposes of sharing knowledge among PhD students as well as taking and giving arguments and valuable comments from professors. (a participant in 2009)
  • My interest in East Asian regionalism is quite new, so I learned a lot form the presentation and lectures. It was very useful to be able to grasp a comprehensive picture of the regional integration in Asia from very different dimensions of economics, culture, history, politics and the different academic approaches. It certainly gave me inspiration in order to highlight the East Asian regionalism in my Ph.D. dissertation. (a participant in 2009)
  • I have gained a much better appreciation of regional integration and enjoyed the variety of presentation on the subject. (a participant in 2009)
  • My expectation of Asian integration became stronger. (a participant in 2009)

Field Trip

  • Interesting. I was lucky that I was able to join the trip. (a participant in 2010)
  • They are well informed and an excellent combination with governmental and private sectors. (a participant in 2010)
  • I appreciate the field trip which provided me a chance to have more practical work in those sectors. (a participant in 2009)
  • It's a valuable time to visit government department and global company. Although my research interest is not economic, I think it's very precious time speaking with government officer directly. I know that it's quiet difficult to have that kind of chance for student. Thank you for organizing such a great opportunity. (a participant in 2010)

Logistics, accommodation, staff and so on…

  • I think that everything related to the program really efficient and well situated as time, place and content. I learned a lot from the lectures and students presentations. The staff from GIARI was really helpful and nice. I would like to thank you about the opportunity to participate in this Summer School. (a participant in 2010)
  • Excellent program. Very well organized. Extremely helpful and friendly staff members. Great choice of lectures, presenters and themes, precise information on the program, directions and requirements were given at every stage of the program. I have no comments on what could be improved in the further. I found the entire seminar as well as social events and field trip excellent, for my research and thought-provoking. I am very grateful for the opportunity and hope to participate again in the future. Great success! (a participant in 2010)
  • Accommodation is good and meals are excellent too. (a participant in 2010)
  • The institute was excellent. The diversity of lectures and presentations was great. Also I felt very welcome amongst the staff and faculty. (a participant in 2009)