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The University of Toledo
Toledo, OH
June 12 - 14, 2015

Sponsored by: College of Languages, Literature, and Social Sciences, President's Commission on Global Initiative, and Center for International Studies and Programs

The GSA of North America is pleased to announce that our 2015 conference will take place at The University of Toledo.

All presentation topics will be considered.

To submit a 100-word abstract or a panel idea, send it in the body of an email to Jerry Harris at by May 10, 2015. Please include your full name and affiliation.



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Dynamics and stakes of new cross-regional free trade agreements: Europe, North America and Asia
International conference organized by the CERVEPAS/CREW EA4399
(Research Center on the Economies of the English-speaking world)
Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3
November 21 - 22, 2014

The rise of cross-regional trade agreements has become a defining trend of the current international trade system. Over the past few years, a dozen countries in Southeast Asia and the Western Hemisphere, representing more than 40% of world GDP, have participated in the negotiations of the Transpacific Partnership (TPP), a “next generation” agreement that covers a wide range of non-tariff barriers and regulatory issues. In 2013, the United States and the European Union (EU) jump-started the negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP), a long-held project to facilitate trade and harmonize regulatory issues between the two superpowers. The will to strengthen transatlantic economic ties was also in full display when the EU and Canada completed a cross-regional free trade agreement in 2013.

This international conference at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University of Paris will analyze the political, economic and social implications of the recent trend of cross-regionalism in today’s rapidly-changing international political economy. The very nature of regionalism has dramatically changed since the 19th century, renewing economic and political debates on its intrinsic characteristics. While some waves of regionalism arguably contributed to boosting international trade flows and were therefore considered to be inherent to the process of globalization – e.g. at the end of the 19th century or a century later – other cycles were designed to fragment the global economy into different economic blocs (based on colonial empires or geopolitical alliances during the Cold War). Should the current wave of cross-regionalism be interpreted as the final stage of a global trading regime or a protectionist retreat from globalization, the advent of a “gated globe” as The Economist magazine infers?

What are the systemic, statist and societal forces behind this phenomenon? Some analysts have revived hegemonic stability theory to interpret this development as the logical outcome of structural changes in the world economy, with the rise of China allegedly undermining the open trade regime built under American hegemony. Others have focused on the state level and interpreted cross-regionalism as a new geopolitical chess game. Yet others have examined the mobilization of domestic and transnational actors to see cross-regional agreements as the latest phase of global capitalism, a “double movement” or a “new class war” pitting business interests against people’s social needs. These various perspectives raise the issue of the place and the role of the economies of the English-speaking world in the current reconfigurations.

Understanding the origins and stakes of contemporary free trade agreements is all the more vital to the extent that they include a wide array of “behind the border” provisions – from the protection of intellectual property rights to government procurement rules, phytosanitary and sanitary standards, labor rights and environmental regulation, data privacy etc. – that raise a lot of questions on the tensions between capitalism and democracy. Thus, the debates on the welfare effects of regionalism can no longer be confined to simple dichotomies opposing trade creation vs. trade diversion or free trade vs. protectionism. Given the economic significance of the trading partners involved, cross-regional free trade agreements truly operate as institutionalizing processes, as international regimes that may set the rules of globalization for years to come.

This international conference seeks to gather a panel of academic experts and practitioners from various spheres (politics, business and civil society) to provide a stimulating discussion on the three cross-regional initiatives mentioned above (TPP, T-TIP and Canada-EU FTA). We invite contributions from various fields – economics, political science, sociology, international relations, cultural studies, etc. – to understand the origins and stakes of what is in essence an interdisciplinary subject.

Proposals (300 words) should be sent by July 15, 2014. The authors will be notified of the peer-review by no later than early August.

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Call for Submission of Articles to Class, Race and Corporate Power.

Class, 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.

To contribute, visit Class, Race and Corporate Power and click on the "Submit Article" link on the right-hand margin of the journal homepage.

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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.

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DATE: June 6-7, 2014
TITLE: End of U.S. Hegemony
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LOCATION: Marymount College, Ranchos Palos Verdes, CA
DATE: June 7-9, 2013
TITLE: Surviving the Future: Owning the World or Sharing the Commons
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LOCATION: University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia
DATE: May 4-6, 2012
TITLE: Dystopia and Global Rebellion
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LOCATION: Loyola University, Chicago, IL
DATE: May 20-22, 2011
TITLE: The Global Crisis: Through the Lens of Class, Race and Gender
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LOCATION: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
DATE: May 7 - 9, 2010
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LOCATION: Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida
DATE: May 8 - 10, 2009
TITLE: Globalization and the Struggle for Peace and Human Rights
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LOCATION: Pace University, New York City, New York
DATE: June 6 - 8, 2008
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LOCATION: University of California - Irvine, California
DATE: May 17 - 20, 2007
TITLE: The Contested Terrains of Globalization
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LOCATION: DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois
DATE: May 12 - 14, 2006
TITLE: Alternative Globalizations
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LOCATION: University of Tennessee - Knoxville, Tennessee
DATE: May 13 - 15, 2005
TITLE: Crosscurrents of Global Social Justice: Class, Gender and Race
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LOCATION: Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
DATE: April 23 - 25, 2004
TITLE: Globalization, Empire and Resistance
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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?.

LOCATION: University of California - Santa Barabara, California
DATE: May 1 - 4, 2003
TITLE: Towards a Critical Globalization Studies: Continued Debates, New Directions, and Neglected Topics
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LOCATION: Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois
DATE: May 10 - 11, 2002
TITLE: Globalisation and Social Justice

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 2002
Paul Kennedy, GSA Secretary

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