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March 7, 2018

New Books:

Global: An extraordinary guide for ordinary heroes
By Lyla Bashan

Think Tanks and Global Politics: Key Spaces in the Structure of Power
Edited by Alejandra Salas-Porras and Georgina Murray

Women, Labor Segmentation and Regulation: Varieties of Gender Gaps
Edited by David Peetz and Georgina Murray

Vampire Capitalism: Fractured Societies and Alternative Futures
By Paul Kennedy

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Globalization, Race, and the New Nationalism
Seventeenth Annual Global Studies Association of North America Conference
June 6 - 8, 2018

Sponsored by Howard University, Washington, DC

As 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 the world.

For more information about Howard University, contact Rubin Patterson at

To submit a 100-word panel abstract, send it in the body of an email by March 15, 2018 to Jerry Harris at

Global 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 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 and Ideology

THEME 5: Global Studies and the Challenge of the Anthropocene

THEME 6: Cosmopolitanism and the Challenges of Globalization

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Summer Workshop
Contemplative 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
advocacy efforts.

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Modernity between the Damaged Life and Sane Society: Social Theory in the Age of Urgency
17th Annual Conference of the International Social Theory Consortium
Chicago, Illinois
May 17-19, 2018

This 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.

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Visit CUBA with the Center for Global Justice
June 17-30, 2018

Enjoy 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.

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Third 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.

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Africology: The Journal of Pan African Studies
Peer-reviewed scholarly journal seeking papers for publication

Deadline: February/March 2018

Africology: The Journal of Pan African Studies (formerly The Journal of Pan African Studies; JPAS), a trans-disciplinary on-line, peer reviewed scholarly journal devoted to the intellectual synthesis of research, scholarship, and critical thought on the African experience around the world, is seeking contributions for two special editions that aim to explore the full scope of the African world.

Interdisciplinary Journal for the Studies of the Sahel

The Interdisciplinary 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).

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In Memoriam:

William (Bill) Pelz

The GSA is saddened to report on the passing of our good friend and colleague, Bill Pelz.

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New Books:

Twenty-First Century Inequality & Capitalism: Piketty, Marx and Beyond
Edited by Lauren Langman and David A. Smith

Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Democracy
By Jerry Harris

God, Guns, Gold and Glory
By Lauren Langman

The Global Turn
By Eve Darian-Smith and Philip C. McCarty

The Politics of Cooperation and Co-ops: Forms of Cooperation and Co-ops, and the Politics that Shape Them
By Carl Ratner

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