The GSA has regularly had a delegation attend the WSF ever since the
early meetings in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The meetings are gathering places
for various NGOs, SMOs and other groups with progressive agendas seeking
change. Most of the people are members of econ justice, environment, ecology,
human rights, LGBT rights, animal rights, antiwar groups, and in Brazil
there was a major presence of workers, unions, landless peasants and communist
socialist parties. Some folks are concerned with worker co-ops, some with
education, others other with Media. In Tunis, the only place where the
Arab Spring/Awakening did lead to a democratic change and election of
moderates to office, there will be many folks that were part of the movement
to out Ben Ali.
The WSF, which usually attracts up to 100,000 people, is off the radar
of main stream news media, and indeed, main stream academic social research
has not given it much attention. But it does represent the emerging of
a new and ever growing coalition of actors, the poor and disposessed,
not the rich, the masses not the elites, sharing and caring, not profits
and conspicuous consumption. The main principle of unification in diversity
is that “another world is possible”. Many of the 2000 sessions
are in English, most of the students are tri lingual, so don’t worry
if you don’t speak Arabic or French.
If you would like to join the GSA delegation that typically has a presentation
of some of our members, please contact Lauren Langman at Llang944@aol.com.
NOTE: Unfortunately the GSA cannot support any registration
fees, transportation, lodging or other fees. Figure airfare from the USA
about $1200 - $1500 , hotels between $80 and $160, meals about $25 or
so for dinner.
Open Access week is a global event, now in its 6th year, that promotes
Open Access as the “new norm in scholarship and research.”
As the publishing world becomes more commercialized and profit-oriented,
researchers are getting organized to ensure that scholarship is shared
equitably and freely.
As one of the first open access, peer-reviewed social science journals,
the Journal of World-Systems Research
is committed to promoting open access to scholarly research and defending
the creative commons. Please celebrate open access week by sharing the
Journal of World-Systems Research
link with colleagues and friends. Our articles aim to reach
not only scholars but also activists and practitioners interested in issues
of democracy, sustainability, and justice. Our current issue features,
among other great contributions, a lively symposium, “A crisis of
what”? Read some of the latest thinking about today’s crises
from leading scholars, including Christopher Chase-Dunn, Leo Panitch,
Thomas Reifer, William I. Robinson, and Saskia Sassen. These essays offer
insights into nature and sources of the interconnected global crises and
responses to crises by elites and by popular movements. You’ll also
find in this issue an interview with Immanuel Wallerstein on the origins
of world-systems analysis.
The Journal of World-Systems Research
is available free online. It is the official journal of the American Sociological
Association’s section on Political Economy of the World-System.
We invite PEWS members to submit articles for review, special issue proposals,
and symposium ideas. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2004 Brandeis University hosted the
third North American GSA conference on Globalization, Empire and
Resistance. It was a progressive conference embracing a variety
of critical, and radical perspectives on globalization. Many leading
scholars from all over the world explored the many effects of globalization-as
well as alternative visions. Featured speakers included:
Seymour Melman - One of America?s most respected
scholars on capitalism and U.S. militarism from Columbia University
spoke on ?The Permanent War Economy?.
Leo Panitch - Canada Research Chair in Comparative
Political Economy at York University, Toronto, co-editor of the
Socialist Register, and co-author of Global Capitalism and American
Empire spoke on ?Global Capitalism and American Empire?.
Sam Gindin - Packer visiting Chair in Social
Justice at York University, Toronto, former head of research and
assistant to the President, Canadian Auto Workers? Union, and
co-author of Global Capitalism and American Empire spoke on ?Labor
Resistance in the Era of Globalization".
William Tabb - Professor of economics at Queens
College, New York, Monthly Review contributor and author of "The
Amoral Elephant" spoke on "The Global State and Economic Institutions".
Jose Maria Sison - Former senior research
fellow and professor at the University of the Philippines, co-founder
of the Communist Party of the Philippines spoke via video satellite
from Holland on ?War, Imperialism, and Resistance from Below?.
Leslie Sklair - From the London School of
Economics, and author of "The Transnational Capitalist Class"
spoke on ?Globalization, Imperialism and the International System?.
Edna Bonacich - Professor of sociology at
the University of California, San Diego, and co-author of "Behind
the Label: Inequality in the Los Angeles Apparel Industry" spoke
on ?Labor, Immigration and Global Production?.
University of California - Santa
May 1 - 4, 2003
Towards a Critical Globalization Studies: Continued Debates,
New Directions, and Neglected Topics
In May of 2002 the very first annual conference of
the North American GSA was held at Loyola University in Chicago.
Jointly sponsored by the GSA and the department of sociology at
Loyola University, the conference theme was ?Globalisation and Social
Justice?. It proved to be a highly successful event with over fifty
papers and workshops, covering a broad spectrum of themes concerning
issues of global social justice. The keynote speakers were also
excellent and included Leslie Sklair, one of GSA/UK?s vice presidents,
who played a prominent role at the conference as a whole.
The quality of the papers was extremely high and they generated
many hours of intensive and exciting discussion and argument. Academics
from an impressively wide range of disciplines and research areas
came from far and wide across the United States. However, there
were also a number of speakers and participants who were political
activists, such as current or former trade union organizers or people
presently involved in various fair trade campaigns linked partly
to student protests around the campuses of the US.
Despite the clearly focused sense of realism among the conference
participants concerning the vast problems of social division, social
exclusion and conflict that are currently only too evident in the
world at the present time and the anxieties about the quality of
world political ? and especially American ? leadership, an encouraging
atmosphere of guarded optimism in relation to the real possibility
of increasingly effective alliances and political struggles against
global poverty was also quite evident.
It was gratifying to encounter quite a number of GSA members who
managed to attend the Chicago conference including three from Britain,
one from Canada and three from the USA. One of the key events scheduled
at the conference was the inauguration of the North American
chapter of the GSA. The first GSA branch or chapter to be established
outside the UK. More than twenty people attended this special meeting
and after some discussion the new branch was duly set-up. What was
particularly encouraging was the number of postgraduate students
who were prepared to become involved in helping to establish the
new North American branch of the USA and, moreover, presence among
these postgraduates and other participants who were people living
in the USA but who had strong links with countries in Central America
and South East Asia. They quite rightly insisted that right from
the outset the new branch must concern itself as deeply as possible
with the problems and themes of Southern peoples and countries if
be a truly global association are to have any meaning.
From the Global Studies Association Newsletter, Issue 2, July
Paul Kennedy, GSA Secretary