Race, and the New Nationalism Seventeenth
Annual Global Studies Association of North America Conference June
6 - 8, 2018
by Howard University, Washington, DC
W.E.B. DuBois noted, racism is the "Achilles heel" of
American democracy. White nationalist and white supremacy ideologies
and movements are old problems, but globalization is the current
economic, political, and social context through which they are unfolding.
This important conference will investigate the subjects of race
and the new nationalism that are currently roiling our nation and
Studies Association UK Conference University
of Northampton, UK May
31 - June 1, 2018
Please send a brief bio
of no more than 100 words and abstracts of no more than 300 words to GlobalStudiesAssociationUK@gmail.com
by February 23, 2018. Abstracts should speak to one of
the following themes:
THEME 1: Globalization
and Borders: Thinking about Global Borders
THEME 2: Globalization,
Consumer Society and Development
THEME 3: Human Rights in
a Globalizing – and De-globalizing – World
THEME 4: Globalization
THEME 5: Global Studies
and the Challenge of the Anthropocene
THEME 6: Cosmopolitanism
and the Challenges of Globalization
Environmental Practice Retreat for Educators and Activists Lama
Foundation, San Cristobal, New Mexico
July 24-30, 2018
This summer, deepen your
commitment to environmental education and action. Contemplative
Environmental Practice is a week-long workshop for educators and activists
that explores how reflective
practices—such as meditation, yoga, journal writing, art, and nature
walks—can enhance our teaching and
between the Damaged Life and Sane Society: Social Theory in the Age of
Urgency 17th Annual
Conference of the International Social Theory Consortium
May 17-19, 2018
conference is dedicated to illuminating the larger nexus of issues surrounding
the condition of modernity (and especially persistent challenges relating
to the study and the theory of modern societies) within the spectrum and
the field of tensions between utopia and dystopia, with a special emphasis
on circumstances in the United States. Theodor W. Adorno’s perspective
on the “damaged life” will serve as a perspective on critical
theory that stressed the importance of “deflation” (as one
end of the spectrum), while Erich Fromm’s concept of the “sane
society” will function as what remains the foremost effort to delineate,
in “inflationary” fashion, a society in which the lives of
individuals will not be fraught by the structural pathologies that have
characterized modern societies to date (as the other end of the spectrum).
Adorno and Fromm are especially well-suited as a frame since their versions
of critical theory would have been inconceivable independently of their
“American experience,” respectively.
CUBA with the Center for Global Justice June
two stimulating weeks in a country committed to building Socialism. Learn
about Cuba’s public goods such as free health care and education
provided by the state, its collective production and services in agricultural
and urban cooperatives, its form of democratic governance, its private
businesses, its community projects and more. Experience Cuba’s vibrant
culture and people. Dialogue with leading thinkers about Cuba’s
reforms as it reinvents its socialism for the 21st century. A unique,
in-depth look at a changing society.
Talk with Cuban thinkers.
Discussion will focus on The Future of Socialism, both in Cuba and worldwide.
You are invited to present a paper (optional) on such topics as:
US & capitalist
countries: collapse of liberal democracy; decline of neoliberal ideology;
crisis of legitimacy; resurgence of the idea of socialism; rise of the
Right; fascism?; globalized state; overcoming capitalist hegemony; systemic
crisis and the interregnum
in 21st century; critique of 20th century socialism; civil society;
of socialism: implementation of the Guidelines; direction of development;
conceptualization of socialism; planning and market; petty bourgeoisie
and wage labor; socialist hegemony in a mixed economy; political system;
rejuvenation of civil society; cooperatives;
Latin America: Has the
Pink Tide run its course?
Looking back at our
revolutionary heritage: How does 1917 look a century later? 1848 170
years later? 1949 69 years later? 1959 59 years later? The socialist
project 200 years after Marx’s birth?
Join our delegation of
activists, scholars, and cooperativistas as we explore this exciting society
in motion. While many people are now able to visit Cuba more freely, few
groups are able to offer such an in-depth experience focused on Cuba’s
efforts to build socialism. Drawing on our 25 years of experience with
educational trips to Cuba, we have unique access that goes beyond the
usual tourist attractions.
It is estimated that the
basic 14-day trip will cost $2,000 to $2,500 plus airfare, including shared
hotel room, breakfasts, lunches, translation, guide, and the program of
activities. With regular commercial air service now open from many U.S.
cities, it is possible to fly directly to Havana. Deadline for
applications is March 15, 2018. Apply now as space is limited.
For an application form and further information email email@example.com.
Annual Global Crises & Global Change Undergraduate Conference
Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah April
4 - 6, 2018
In recent years the extent
and impact of multiple crises across various fields has increased significantly,
affecting a growing number of people as well as the physical world we
depend on. Experiencing or witnessing these crises on different levels,
global and local communities are desperately seeking to find effective
coping mechanisms, devise long-term solutions and develop viable alternatives.
However, it appears that current approaches to these various and complex
crises are often limited to a strictly defined academic discipline and
have not provided sufficient answers and strategies to tackle the expansion
of human suffering, destruction of nature, and systemic injustices. Thus,
instead of looking at contemporary crises separately or from a single
disciplinary perspective, there must be a shift towards interdisciplinary
analysis that unveils the common roots of multiple, converging, intersecting
and co-evolving crises, among which we find the following.
entailing climate change, resource depletion, the energy crisis,
biodiversity loss, accessibility to food and water, the breaching of
planetary boundaries and other crises of the Anthropocene.
of wealth distribution and inequality, financial instability, land/water
grabs, and other forms of capitalist expansion.
concerning mass displacement and migration/refugees, the disruption
of the socio-cultural reproduction of marginalized communities, different
expressions of systemic violence, health crises and spread of diseases,
reproductive and sexual injustices, among others.
such as deepening sociopolitical polarization; increased police violence
coupled with expanded prison and deportation systems; resurgent racisms,
ethnocentrisms, anti-immigrantism and xenophobia; militarization, securitization
and surveillance; the reemergence of reactionary populisms; the entrenchment
of (neo)colonial and (neo)imperial power structures; and continually
multiplying forms of political violence, including state and non-state
Our approaches to these
convergent crises should transcend academic boundaries, addressing them
from a critical and holistic collection of cross-cultural and intersectional
perspectives. In addition to identifying the effects of various crises,
the ability to critically analyze hegemonic systems and power relations,
how they result in different forms of injustices, and how they exacerbate
global and local crises, provides valuable insight on the root causes
and converging nature of contemporary crises— as well as potential
responses, resistance strategies, and alternatives. These hegemonic systems
include, but are not limited to anthropocentrism, capitalism, the
nation-state system and state-centrism, patriarchy, racism, imperialism,
modernity/coloniality, ableism, speciesism, ageism, and cisheteronormativity.
This conference provides
undergraduate students with a platform to present and discuss their work
on these issues, their root causes, their intersections, their evolution,
the range of resistances and responses juxtaposing these crises, and the
solutions and alternatives developed to overcome them. We enthusiastically
welcome papers and projects exploring transformational and systemic alternatives
committed to social, environmental and global justice, as well as to diversity
and subaltern struggles. Therefore, with the purpose of creating a broad
variety of cross-disciplinary articulations, submissions from all academic
fields are welcomed (e.g., global studies, international relations, political
science, history, justice studies, political ecology, environmental studies,
indigenous/American-Indian studies, ethnic studies, gender studies, development
studies, public health, critical geography, literature, humanities, etc.).
In addition to research papers, we also consider non-traditional projects
such as films, creative writing, art, craftworks, music and other forms
of expressions so long as they are grounded in academic research.
Paper/Project Submissions: Submit a 200-300 words abstract or short description
of your proposed paper or project via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The submission deadline is February 9.
The Journal of Pan African Studies Peer-reviewed
scholarly journal seeking papers for publication
Deadline: March 2018
Journal for the Studies of the Sahel
Journal for the Studies of the Sahel (a specialized section of Africology:
The Journal of Pan African Studies) is an on-line, open access, and
peer reviewed scholarly journal devoted to research and analysis of policy,
economic, social and political experiences of the Sahel region. The Journal
is seeking submissions from all disciplinary fields of academic inquiry,
including the arts, humanities, social sciences and STEM-related fields
(science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Relevant topics include
but are not limited to:
Climate change and unfavorable
Hunger, food production
and food security
and resource management/governance
Water, land and other
Health and health-care
Regional and international
organizations, political violence and human security
Global power play and
War on Terror in the Sahel
and separatist movements
State fragility and
and democratic reforms
Human rights and humanitarian
Gender matters and
The Interdisciplinary Journal for the Studies of the Sahel
(IJSS) seeks submissions that present original research methods/theory,
add to a body of research knowledge, announce cutting-edge research findings,
guide future researches, explore theories, distribute new knowledge, present
new ideas, invite discussions, introduce research reviews, and provide
policy recommendations on the Sahel Region.
should be in the following format:
2. Literature review (annotated bibliographies accepted)
3. A methodological construct
4. Results and Discussion
5. Conclusion, and Recommendations (that are SMART-Compliant)
6. Suggested steps for further research that can intellectually engage
scholars, policy- makers, students and others with interest in the Sahel
Frequency: IJSS is published twice a year; June and December,
with occasional supplemental Special Issues/Editions.
seeks to use an affirmative African-centered logic and language, therefore,
we discourage the use of the term ‘tribe’ or “slaves”
in reference to the African experience and we recommend that all contributors
use alternative terms/concepts such as “ethnic group” and
“the enslaved.” When using the term “black,” to
indicate people of African heritage, we recommend that it be capitalized.
Also, instead of “sub-Saharan Africa,” our preferred description
is “Africa south of the Sahara Desert” or “Africa south
of the Sahara.”
The publishing language is English. However, contributions in
languages other than English are acceptable when also presented in English.
contributions must be addressed to the editor at one of the following
in a cover letter stating: the name of the author(s), current institutional
affiliation, location, e-mail address, the title of the contribution,
the originality of the contribution, that the contribution is not under
consideration anywhere, and that you wish to publish in The Interdisciplinary
Journal for the Studies of the Sahel. Contributions must be submitted
in MS word in a Times New Roman typeface via an attachment in an e-mail
(etiquette: avoid capitalizing every word in the subject line). The entire
work should be between 5,000 and 7,000 words in length, double-spaced
pages with a concise title, abstract, and current standard citations and
references. Within the contribution, page numbers should not be included
and the title of the contribution should not be mentioned on each page.
All graphics (charts, tables, photos, etc.) must fit our page measurements.
Only endnotes (not footnotes) should be used. A list of references is
needed for each contribution and Harvard Referencing Style is required
(see Author’s Guidelines).
to Being Published: Respond to this call with “The Interdisciplinary
Journal for the Studies of the Sahel” in the subject line to either
For the first issue of 2018, the deadline is March 30, 2018.
After that, submissions are continuous. Notices of acceptance will be
issued within four to six weeks. Should corrections or additions be needed,
the editor will inform you.
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