W026
International organizations: global norms in practice

Convenors:
Birgit Müller (CNRS)
Stream:
Workshops
Location:
Theatre S2
Start time:
12 July, 2012 at 11:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

This workshop invites papers exploring the links between the production of a plurality of norms by international organizations and processes of implementation, domestication, and subversion in everyday practice by a variety of state and non-state actors in fields such as global health, finance etc.

Long abstract:

The norms that international organizations introduce at a variety of scales translate into concrete practices and affect the everyday life of citizens the world over. On all levels of governance - municipal, regional, national and international- these norms interact and may also conflict with established rules and standards. The most powerful among these norms, for example, frame the virtual and actual world of global financial exchange creating what is often seen as the natural laws of the world market. By addressing citizens directly these new mechanisms of governance bypass established institutions and rules by creating a plurality of norms that in practice shape the ways in which men and women, adults and children, creditors and debtors, humans, plants and animals act and interact. This workshop invites papers that explore the complex links between norm production by international organizations and processes of implementation, domestication, and subversion in everyday practices by a variety of state and non-state actors. We would welcome, for instance, ethnographies of the workings of international financial institutions, multilateral development organizations and international NGOs in diverse fields such as global health, education, gender, food and agriculture, labor, environment, financial regulation or humanitarian aid.