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Globalization: The Urban Crisis and Economic Democracy

Thank you to everyone who made our 14th annual North American conference at The University of Toledo such a success!

For those who presented their work at the conference, don't forget about the opportunity to make your article part of our next special issue of Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, published by Brill in 2016.

For detailed information about formatting your article, please see our GSA Style Guide.

And stay tuned for information about next year's 2016 conference, scheduled for The University of Texas at Austin.

Featured speakers currently include Saskia Sassen and William I. Robinson.



Third Bi-Annual Conference:

Social Movements and Conflicts in the Global Era

Prague, September 26 – 27, 2015
Academic Conference Centre
Husova 4a, Prague 1, Czech Republic

The conference is hosted by the Centre of Global Studies in Prague (CGS), and co-organized by the Global Studies Association of North America (GSA NA) and Global Studies Association UK.


Leslie Sklair (London School of Economics) speaking on "Global Capitalism and Transnational Capitalist Class Theory." Sklair is a world renowned social theorist, and author of the groundbreaking The Transnational Capitalist Class.

Marina Prentoulis (University of East Anglia), a founding member of Syriza London and liaison between Syriza and movements, networks and parties in the UK. Her latest article (with Lasse Thomassen) ‘Political theory in the square: Protest, representation and subjectification’ won the Contemporary Political Theory Annual Prize for 2013.

Beltrán Roca (University of Sevilla) has published more than 50 works on collective action, trade unionism and the third sector. He has combined his academic career with an intense political engagement in radical unions and autonomous social movements. He is currently a member of "Levantemos El Puerto", an instrument of local social movements that participates in the institutional arena. Since the 2015 local elections Levantemos El Puerto is governing the city of El Puerto alongside a coalition of left parties. Roca will be speaking on "Social protest and political cycles in Spain: Opportunities and Challenges."

Abstracts on all topics touching on global capitalism should be sent by August 15, 2015 to Marek Hrubec (Director of the Centre for Global Studies) at and Jerry Harris (Secretary of the Global Studies Association/North America) at


Fully-Employed: US$80.00
Students, Unemployed: US$30.00

PayPal registration is organized by GSA NA. To register go to:

Toledo, China and Globalization

By Timothy Williams
New York Times, December 26, 2013

TOLEDO, Ohio — The realization was as surprising as it was momentous. Toledo, long known as Glass City, needed glass, and it could no longer be manufactured here quickly enough.

Toledo's mayor, Michael P. Bell, says he has tried to educate residents about the need for foreign investment and the importance of building personal relationships.

So Toledo turned to China to make the 360 panels, 1,300 pounds each, needed for an extension to the Toledo Museum of Art. Some here resented the move after China supplanted the United States as the world’s top glass producer. But in the process, city leaders began an improbable and remarkable relationship.



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