The Global Studies Association of North American is pleased to
announce its twelfth annual conference, Surviving the Future: Owning
the World or Sharing the Commons, will be held at Marymount College
in California, June 7-9, 2013.
All presentation topics will be considered. Submissions of proposals
for papers, panels, and roundtables should include a 100-word abstract
and a brief biographical statement for each participant by May
1, 2013 to Jerry Harris at email@example.com.
Confirmed keynote speakers include Gerard Delanty (University of Sussex)
and Kate Nash
(Goldsmith’s College, University of London).
The conference aims to critically interrogate the idea of cosmopolitanism.
Whereas previously cosmopolitanism was associated with (abstract) ideas
of world citizenship and universal brotherhood, more recent constructions
emphasize the multiplicity of identities, belongings, and memberships
that are possible across a plurality of communities. In addition to a
rejection of a narrow nationalistic outlook cosmopolitanism can claim
a new political content: the idea of world citizenship has been given
substance through notions of environmental responsibility, the universality
of human and personhood rights, and the drive for worldwide human development.
For these and many other reasons cosmopolitanism provides an important
perspective on processes of globalization and the interconnectedness of
The conference organizers invite proposals for papers which address themes
of relevance to the conference, including:
• The politics of cosmopolitanism
• Cosmopolitanism, global civil society and human rights
• Cosmopolitanism and identity
• The cosmopolitan city
• Cosmopolitan business practices and cross-cultural management
• Critical cosmopolitanism
• Cosmopolitan theory in global studies
• Cosmopolitanism and the media
Proposals for papers should take the form of a 300-word abstract and
may be submitted on any aspect of the conference theme. The organisers
will allocate papers to an appropriate panel. The deadline for submission
of abstracts is April 30 2013. Please send to conference organizer Darren
O’Byrne at D.OByrne@roehampton.ac.uk.
Conference registration: Full registration £175 (includes accommodation,
lunch and other refreshments, and conference fee). Discounted student
registration £150. Conference dinner £40 extra for all delegates.
Registration includes automatic GSA membership.
Outside of Asia, much is made of ‘the Asian Century’, the
‘rise of Asia’, the economic potential of Asian markets, regional
trade agreements with Asia, and building ‘Asia-relevant’ capabilities
to support all these. Such instrumental views are shaping the ideological
landscape of many parts of the ‘West’. For those from
within and outside Asia who are interested in critical studies of global
capitalism other topics are much more pressing. These include the
different models and manifestations of global capitalism that are being
adopted across Asia, as well as the links between such models and ongoing
political developments in the region. Questions arise about the implications
of newly energized “Asian capitalism” for current economic
and social relationships— about current forms of economic division
and exploitation, increasing social polarization and state based authoritarianism.
Related questions also come up about oppositional activist practices that
are arising and contemporary modes of policing such dissent. The purpose
of this conference is to focus critical studies of global capitalism
on Asia, Australia, and the Oceania region, to provide opportunities for
interested scholars and activists to explore related issues.
Workshops Topics that we invite abstract/paper submissions for:
The transnational capitalist class in Asia, Australia, and Oceania.
The so-called Asian century; potential winners and losers.
Diverse forms of neo-liberalism in Asia.
Transnational capital and the state.
State repression and militarization.
Financialisation and tax havens.
The political economies of international education
Global corporate networks intersecting with Asia and Australia.
Capitalism, class and power relations in these regions.
Workers in the Asia and global assembly lines.
Social and political movements, protest and activisms.
Dr. Han Dongyun is academic editor of the journal International
Critical Thought, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing.
Jerry Harris is a founding member of the Network for
the Critical Studies of Global Capitalism and on its international coordinating
committee. He is author of The Dialectics of Globalization, and
along with Carl Davidson author of CyberRadicalism: A New Left for
a Global Age. Mr. Harris is also a founding member and secretary
of the Global Studies Association of North America.
Kanishka Jayasuriya is Professor of International Politics
and Director of the Indo-Pacific Governance Research Centre (IPGRC), University
of Adelaide. Prior to this he was Principal Senior Research Fellow at
the Asia Research Centre (ARC), Murdoch University. He has held teaching
and research appointments in several Australian and overseas universities
including the ANU, the University of Sydney, Murdoch University , National
University of Singapore, and City University of Hong Kong. Read
Abstract Submission Deadline: Submissions of abstracts
should include a 100-word abstract and a brief biographical statement
for each participant by April 30, 2013 to Jerry Harris
Paper Submission Deadline: Papers must be submitted
by May 30, 2013 to Emily Kersing at Emily.Kersing@monash.edu.
Papers will be circulated within the workshop group with an aim towards
The Ship Inn is located approximately 30 minutes by train or taxi from
the Domestic Airport.
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Airtrain services both the International and Domestic Airports, traveling
outbound through Eagle Junction, Bowen Hills, Fortitude Valley, Central
(Republic Apartments), Roma Street, South Brisbane (Rydges) and South
Bank stations (Mantra South Bank, Conference venue, Hillcrest Central
Apartments – an approx. 1 km walk).
Local train and bus services are handy to Griffith’s South Bank
campus. Visit Translink’s website
for timetable information.
SEMINAR ON SOCIALIST RENEWAL AND THE CAPITALIST
A Cuban-North American Exchange
June 16-30, 2013
PART I: SOCIALIST RENEWAL
A.Cuba’s Economic Reforms
Need for Reform: Problems in Cuban Society
Building a New Consensus
The Reform Program
Obstacles to Reform
A New Model for Socialism?: Theory of Socialism
B. Latin America Moves Left
21st Century Socialism
Protagonism and Participation
PART II: GLOBAL CAPITALIST CRISIS
Overaccumulation Crisis and Stagnation
Exhaustion of Neoliberalism
Class Power and Growing Inequality
Global Ecological Crisis
Popular Fight Back
CALL FOR PRESENTERS AND COMMENTATORS: Bi-national dialog
is encouraged. Submit a brief abstract of your proposed presentation by
April 2, 2013 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRE-SEMINAR ACTIVITIES: Various group activities prior
to the June 24-28 Seminar will include visits to cooperatives, urban gardens,
community development projects, social research centers, and educational
and medical institutions. These will involve people-to-people contact.
COST: Estimated cost for the entire program, June 16
through 30, 2013 is $1500 plus airfare. This includes 14 nights in a shared
room in Hotel Vedado with breakfast, translation, transportation and group
LICENSE: The U.S. government severely restricts travel
to Cuba except by license from the US Treasury Department. Professionals
doing research in Cuba can go legally under a General License for Research.
Others can travel under our license for people-to-people educational exchange.
ORGANIZATION: Center for Global Justice (a project of
Radical Philosophy Association), and Facultad de Filosofia e Historia,
Universidad de la Habana, Instituto de Filosofia, and Sociedad Cubana
de Investigaciones Filosoficas.
ENDORSERS: Cliff DuRand, David Schweickart, Harry Targ,
Leo Panitch, Victor Wallis, Milton Fisk, Ed D’Angelo, Ofelia Schutte,
Al Campbell, Carl Davidson, Betsy Bowman, Bob Stone, Bertell Ollman, Michael
Lebowitz, Lisa Brock, Frank Thompson, Isaac Saney, Arnold August.
GEOGRAPHIES OF LABOR: 35th
Annual North American Labor History Conference
October 24-26, 2013 Wayne State University,
The Program Committee of the North American Labor History Conference
invites proposals for sessions, papers, and roundtables on “Geographies
of Labor” for our thirty-fifth annual meeting.
Over the last several centuries, transformations in technology and in
economic, social, political, and cultural practices have created new spatial
regimes within and across geographic boundaries. Whether negotiating the
changes around them or taking advantage of new possibilities to shape
alternatives, workers have been central to remapping this emergent environment.
Inspired by the “spatial turn” in the social sciences, this
conference will explore the myriad ways in which workers have interacted
with a variety of geographic categories. We welcome projects that seek
to understand these interactions through a number of lenses, including,
but not limited to: empire, globalization, uneven development, mobility,
and migration/immigration at the transnational, national and/or local
level. We invite proposals from a wide variety of disciplines, especially
history, geography, sociology, anthropology, economics, political science,
and cultural studies.
Submissions of proposals for papers, panels, and roundtables should include
a one paragraph abstract and a brief biographical statement per each participant
by March 29, 2013 to:
Professor Francis Shor, Coordinator
North American Labor History Conference
Department of History Wayne State University
3157 Faculty Administration Building
Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: 313-577-9325; Fax: 313-577-6987
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