Sponsored by the Department of Sociology of Loyola University,
the next GSA/North America conference will take place June 6 - 8,
2014 at Loyola's Water Tower Campus in downtown Chicago near the
We will consider all abstracts on the topic of globalization. The
GSA is a multi-disciplinary organization, therefore all relevant
topics from any academic area or from activists are of interest.
Please send a 100-word abstract in the body of an email with the
subject line GSA Conference Abstract to Jerry Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Include your name, affiliation, and active email address.
Organizers invite submissions on the theme of “Social Movements
and Global Transformation” under the following sub-themes:
Roles of States and Movements in World-Systemic Transformation,
Knowledge and Paradigms in Contestation,
The Role of Peripheries in Contesting World-Systemic Hierarchies,
Collective Identities and Democratic Transformation.
We encourage submissions from all relevant disciplines in the humanities,
law, and social sciences. Proposal deadline is January 21, 2014. Meals
and lodging for authors of accepted papers will be provided.
Which changes are co-optable, which transformatory?
How do we avoid past errors?
Capitalism is in crisis. Yet, backed by arms, it dominates and threatens
humanity and the planet. Survival now means putting ourselves before profit.
What economic and social practices go beyond gender, race, class divisions
to empower the many instead of enriching the few? To answer, the Center
for Global Justice invites thinkers and doers from the global North and
global South to bi-lingual discussions of the practical global task of
“moving beyond capitalism.”
We invite you to complement prophesy by addressing problems of transformation,
commenting on solutions or proposing new ones, and sharing organizing
results. Summaries of individual or group submissions are due by December
31, 2013; full descriptions (or papers) by April 30, 2014.
Six days of exchanges will be in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico’s
central highlands. In plenaries, round tables and workshops we’ll
examine some existing options, evaluate them in context, and end with
sessions to pass on “suggestions for further study and organizing.”
Screenings, performances, exhibits and visits to groups constructing “another
world” are planned.
Themes include: the commons, economic democracy, cooperatives, solidarity
economy, public banking and democratic finance, indigenous insurgencies,
localization, participatory budgeting, preventing ecocide, local currencies,
gender equality, alternative communications & media, 21st century
socialism, steady state economies, horizontalism. Feel free to propose
Featured speakers confirmed: Gustavo Esteva (de-professionalized Mexican
intellectual), Gar Alperovitz (What Then Must We Do?), David Schweickart
(economic democracy), Margaret Flowers & Kevin Zeese (Occupy activists
& members of Green Shadow Cabinet), Fernando Sánchez Cuadros
(Peruvian economist), Camila Piñeiro Harnecker (Cuban economist
& cooperative advocate).
for Global Justice (www.globaljusticecenter.org),
an international network of educators and activists, is devoted to “research
and learning for a better world.” Since 2004 it offers educational
travel, lectures/film series, local solidarity economy networking &
Race and Corporate Power is an open-access, online academic
journal examining the politics of corporate power. This includes an analysis
of capital, labor, and race relations within nation-states and the global
economy. We encourage contributions that explore these issues within holistic
frameworks that borrow from a range of scholarly disciplines.
We publish three issues each year, and are now accepting contributions
for the current special issue as well as next year's issues, focused on
themes of corporate power (March 2014), labor and social justice movements
(July 2014), and race and class (November 2014). We want broad conceptualizations
of these themes that engage important theoretical debates, as opposed
to narrow case studies.
Our "Articles" section includes contributions that go through
a double-blind peer review process with a month turnaround for reviews.
We recommend submission of 25-35 page articles for this section, although
alternative lengths are also acceptable (see the submission guidelines
link at our journal homepage for more details).
In addition, we encourage shorter contributions to our non-peer-reviewed
sections titled "The Politics of Culture" (review essays) and
"Perspectives" (short opinion pieces). The editor-in-chief reviews
these submissions and determines if they are suitable for publication.
If you have questions, please review our journal home page for more
information. Or contact Editor-In-Chief: Ronald W. Cox, Associate Chair
and Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations, Florida
International University, at email@example.com.
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