REMOC - Regionalisations, Globalisations, Circulations

The theme aims to clarify the interactions between flows, networks and circulations understood as constitutive of regionalisation and globalisation by integrating the effects of borders. Its originality is to focus the study of these processes on the active margins of Europe, on both sides of the EU limits, from a bottom-up and stakeholders approach. This axis brings together two scientific communities through a common methodological framework, the one working on the Mediterranean worlds and the one following the future of the mediterranean, central or eastern Europes.

The REMOC theme follows on from that of the "Regionalisation in the World", which considered the effects of the dynamics of globalisation and regionalisation in terms of regional integration processes approached transversally with situated entries: European and "Mediterranean" (Baltic, etc.) neighbourhoods, corridors (including Asian), etc.
This new project is the result of the merging of two initial exploratory project proposals: "Europe, active margins" and "Globalisation and regionalisation from below in the Arab world". It proposes a geographical refocusing on Europe and the circum-European spaces (Eastern Europe; the Mediterranean in the broadest sense: EU Member States on the northern shore, Maghreb countries, Mashreq, Middle East).

REMOC develops a research problematic around several objectives.

  • It aims to clarify the interactions between flows, networks and circulations that constitute globalisation by integrating the effects of borders in the processes of regionalisation within or outside the EU. By observing the active margins of Europe in globalisation, the aim will be to explore areas involved in major flows (migrations, energy flows for example) and in complex processes of opening and closing, but on the margins of institutional regional integration or shared between several groups in the process of being formed. Themes such as Europe and its neighbourhoods, the role of Russia and its neighbours in Eurasian cooperation, the Arab world and the influence of the financial power of the Gulf States will be examined in order to put the joint processes of globalisation and regionalisation to the test, from a multi-scalar perspective, with the highlighting of spaces that are emblematic of these processes (global cities, unequal metropolises, the role of free trade zones, etc.).
  • It seeks to contribute to the reflection on the emergence of an in-between or intermediary dynamics in order to show that certain spaces are placed in the interstices of the flows of globalisation or that, between the micro (local) and macro (global) scales, the meso scale (that of the supra- or infra-national region) is a stakeholder in the dynamics of globalisation.

The theme wishes to favour a bottom-up approach (circulation of students, labour, migrants and migration remittances, trade flows and routes, etc.) without depriving itself of the analysis of circulations that fall under a top-down approach (Official Development Assistance, FDI). The observation of this regionalisation from below makes it possible to identify new geo-economic organisations, asymmetrical and even unequal forms of regionalisation. This type of regionalisation can also be linked to longer-term multiscalar networks: between Africa, Europe and Asia.

Finally, this theme will aim to pursue and feed the databases built in recent research programmes (ANR SYSREMO, ESPON ITAN) or submitted (Mapping the World project) and to develop the international research networks of its members (GDR Connaissances de l'Europe médiane, GDRI Espaces et Réseaux urbains en Russie et Europe orientale, etc.)

The challenge, which has never been taken up as such, is to conduct this research by having two scientific communities cooperate through a common methodological framework, the one working on the Mediterranean worlds and the one that follows the future of median, central or eastern Europes.


REMOC Meetings

In 2019, when renewing the research federation FR2007 CIST, the Regionalisations in the world theme has been transformed into the REMOC theme (Regionalisation, globalisation, circulations)

  • 4 November 2019 – REMOC seminar
  • 21 March 2019 - 22 March 2019 – Un monde de régions ?
  • 6 February 2019 – Founding meeting of REMOC - Regionalisations, Globalisations, Circulations

  • Regionalisations in the world Meetings (2012-2018)

  • 9 September 2016 – Métropoles : crises et mutations dans l'espace euroméditerranéen
  • 11 December 2015 - 12 December 2015 – De la Mongolie à l’Asie centrale, identités nomades et organisation de l’espace régional : mémoire et représentations
  • 26 November 2015 – Crise des régions, fièvres régionalistes, panne dans l’intégration régionale ?
  • 5 May 2015 – Demographic developments in Israel: enlightening the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by sociological and geographical analyses
  • 15 April 2015 – Réunion de l'axe Régionalisations
  • 27 November 2014 – Further steps for territorial analysis in the wider region Europe + Neighbourhoods
  • 12 November 2014 – What territorial cooperation between Europe and its Neighbourhoods?
  • 27 March 2014 - 28 March 2014 – CIST2014 - Fronts et frontières des sciences du territoire
  • 13 March 2014 - 14 March 2014 – ITAN - TPG 5 meeting
  • 12 December 2013 – Creating synergies for well-integrated and coherent Baltic Sea Region - Northern and Eastern Neighbourhoods
  • 13 November 2013 – La mer Noire entre Russie et Union européenne : un voisinage partagé ?
  • 3 October 2013 - 4 October 2013 – ITAN - TPG4 meeting
  • Date limite : 25 September 2013 – Appel à communications pour le 2e colloque international du CIST - Fronts et frontières des sciences du territoire
  • 20 September 2013 – Concepts et catégories des intégrations régionales
  • 12 June 2013 – ITAN - TPG3 meeting
  • 24 April 2013 – Réunion de l'axe Régionalisations dans le monde
  • 12 March 2013 – Voisinages européens : enjeux démographiques et territoriaux
  • 29 November 2012 - 30 November 2012 – Séminaire interne du CIST - Territoires en actions
  • 10 October 2012 – Lancement de l'axe Régionalisations dans le monde
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