P28
The parasitical interplay of state formation: governance and dynamics of power among local, national and global institutions in Timor-Leste

Convenors:
Lisa Palmer (University of Melbourne)
Kelly Silva (Universidade de Brasília)
Discussant:
Sara Niner (Monash University)
Location:
Ligertwood 112
Start time:
14 December, 2017 at 9:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

This panel aims to bring together analyses about the ways statecraft in Timor-Leste entails an ambiguous and parasitical interplay among local, national and global institutions and the ideological, political, economic and administrative effects of these interactions.

Long abstract:

This panel aims to bring together analyses about the ways statecraft in Timor-Leste entails an ambiguous and parasitical interplay among local, national and global institutions and the ideological, political, economic and administrative effects of these interactions. Among certain government areas, governance and modernization effects have been produced by the acknowledgment and internalization of local institutions in national governance. For other government and international agencies, customary practices are considered fundamental obstacles for social change. From local perspectives, the presence of state institutions and national and international projects may be weakening or enhancing customary dynamics of power and social reproduction. The intention of this panel is to explore these contingent and generative capacities and effects.