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Comparative Regionalism Workshop 2018: Bridging Regional Knowledge



Date: 6th & 7th April 2018 (Friday & Saturday) • 9am - 5pm • ASEM Room, Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya

Comparative Regionalism Workshop 2018: Bridging Regional Knowledge


The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya begins its year-long round of activities for 2018 with the Comparative Regionalism Workshop 2018: Bridging Regional Knowledge. The workshop is a part of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence grant awarded by the Erasmus+ Programme in 2017 to the Asia-Europe Institute.

Regionalism has been one of the prime driving forces for Asia and Europe alike, propelling the countries of these two landmasses to sync their policies and pool their resources at regional and sub-regional levels. While Europe has achieved remarkable success, in Asia, the success has been achieved in varying degrees, with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) emerging as a leader in regional cooperation in Asia. With the objective to learn from each other, the European Union, ASEAN, and other regional bodies have also begun to engage, establish and enhance dialogue mechanisms. This workshop aims to bridge regional knowledge on comparative regionalism.

The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, AEI, proudly hosts Dr. Paul Gillespie, an expert instructor in comparative regionalism from University College Dublin, to share his perspective on comparative regionalism.

This confluence of experts from the Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya, and elsewhere, will bring forth their research projects. The workshop wishes to pursue this expansion and present new insights on comparative regionalism.


The aims of the two-day workshop are:

  1. To raise awareness among local postgraduate students and young researchers for the possibility of comparative ASEAN-EU research.
  2. To teach basic skills to conceptualize one’s own research project.
  3. To familiarize local students and young academics with the possibility to pursue comparative ASEAN-EU research projects in their future academic career, ideally to continue after their Masters with a PhD on ASEAN-EU relations.

About Dr. Paul Gillespie

Dr Paul Gillespie is a columnist and leader writer on international affairs for The Irish Times (from which he retired as foreign policy editor in 2009), the Deputy Director at the Institute of British-Irish Studies, and a Senior Research Fellow adjunct in the School of Politics and International Relations, University of College Dublin. He was awarded his PhD from UCD in 2007 for a thesis on Multiple Political Identity and European Integration. His main research areas, journalism and publications are in European integration and political identities, comparative regionalism, Irish-British relations, Europe-Asia relations, media and foreign policy, and the EuroMed region. Recent publications include the chapter ‘Crises as drivers of integration in Europe and Asia: crisis as threat’ in Drivers of Integration and Regionalism in Europe and Asia and his co-edited volume with Daithi O’Ceallaigh, Britain and Europe: The Endgame, An Irish Perspective.


Day 1: 6th April 2018 (Friday)

10:00 am - 12:30 pm : Introduction to Comparative Research
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm : Lunch and Friday Prayers
2:30 pm - 5:00 pm : Research Design and Methods for Comparative Research
5:00 pm : Session Ends

Day 2: 7th April 2018 (Saturday)

9:00 am - 1:00 pm : Hands-On Training: Designing One’s Own Comparative Research Project
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm : Lunch
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm : Presentation of Proposed Research Project, Group Discussion, Certificate Ceremony
5:00 pm : Workshop ends

Who should attend?

Postgraduate Students, University Students (2nd-3rd Yrs), Researchers, NGOs.

Register by 3rd April 2018

Please register here:

Contact person:
Mr. Aaron Denison (aaron.denison@um.edu.my)
Mr. Sufi Khirul Bahari (msufi@um.edu.my)
Tel: 03-2246 3440
Fax: 03-7954 0799

6 & 7 April 2018
(Friday & Saturday)
ASEM Room,
Asia-Europe Institute,
University of Malaya
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With the support of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union
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