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January 26, 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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CALL FOR PAPERS

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 rubin.patterson@howard.edu.

To submit a 100-word panel abstract, send it in the body of an email by March 15, 2018 to Jerry Harris at gharris234@comcast.net.


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 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 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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Alter-Globalizations: Another World is (Still) Possible
Second Annual Society of Global Scholars Conference

University of California, Santa Barbara
March 2 - 3, 2018

Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.
- Arundhati Roy

Dominant narratives in today’s global sociopolitical landscape reinforce a dichotomy between globalization and anti-globalization. This dichotomy ignores not only the connections between these two poles as they have emerged in the Global North but also the plethora of alternatives formulated by communities and movements at the margins. Alter-globalizations foreground myriad imaginaries from below, presenting a host of possibilities for another world.

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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.

African Global Experiences

We are especially seeking to broaden our scope of diasporic African content. To this end, we are seeking submissions from all disciplinary fields of academic inquiry, including the arts, humanities and social sciences, interdisciplinary studies, STEM-related fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), as well as Africology (i.e., African Diaspora Studies, African Studies, Africana Studies, African American Studies, Afro-American Studies, Black Studies, Pan African Studies, etc.). The non-exhaustive relevant topics sought for this special edition include the main topic as well as the following subtopics.

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Afro-Intellectualism: Past, Present, and Future Dimensions

We are seeking submissions focused on: the African intelligentsia, the African brain drain, decolonizing education in Africa and the African world community, institutional development and support for the African intelligentsia, the internationalization of African intellectualism, organic scholars within the African intelligentsia, the sociology of African intellectualism, the scholar-activist tradition/practice within the African intelligentsia, critical biographical profiles of the African intelligentsia, book reviews, the motion and behavior through space and time of African intellectualism in relationship to energy and force (the physics of African intellectualism), interviews, art and the African intelligentsia, Afro-futurism, the African intelligentsia absent of egocentricity, the conscious and unconscious dynamics/psychology of African intellectualism, etc. All relevant topics and subtopics will be considered for this edition.

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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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RECOMMENDED READING


The New Sharing Economy: Demise of Social and Labor Movements?
Peterson Nnajiofor
IDEA Research Center, University of Lorraine Metz, France

Abstract
This paper examines the new sharing economy as a matrix for social movements. Drawing from recent
studies on the sharing economy worker’s psyche, and the business mindset of the sharing economy
companies and investors, we demonstrate that successful social movements may be practically impossible
in a sharing-economy-dominated future. This premise is based on the tenet that the dramatic changes in
the relationship to work by millennials, who contrary to their predecessors shun long-term engagement
and physical communication, may ultimately render collective social movement and labor struggles
unfeasible.

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In Memoriam:

William (Bill) Pelz
(1951-2017)

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

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New Books:

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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