The Global Studies Association (GSA) is a new and multi-disciplinary scholarly
This venture is supported by a group of scholars world-wide who wish to
collaborate in order to better understand the vast transformations which
are sweeping across our world.
Accordingly, the GSA was inaugurated and an executive committee was elected
on July 6th, 2000 during an international conference organized by the Institute
for Global Studies and the Department of Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan
The North American branch of the GSA was established at our first international
conference at Loyola University, Chicago in May of 2002. Membership includes
academics and activists from Canada, the United States, Mexico and Central
Bringing together scholars from across the world...
Scholars worldwide are already served by a number of successful and prestigious
academic associations concerned with the study of international and world
However, GSA members believe that there is a need for a new association
for the following reasons:
Globalization processes are inherently multidimensional. Their study
demands a central and unambiguous commitment to materials and investigations
drawn from a number of disciplines along with an interest in a wide
range of themes.
Understanding globalization demands new insights. Existing associations
have tried to accommodate people from other disciplines, but their members
tend to remain fundamentally committed to the insights provided by particular
disciplines that predate globalization.
Thematic concerns are as valid a basis for intellectual activity as
the big social science disciplines. Individuals with an interest in
global issues, including scholars in ethics, art, history, communication
studies, management and business, media studies and many more, can find
a home in the GSA.
By placing global theorizing and issues first, a new global studies
association will be able to make a fresh beginning, unencumbered by
dominant perspectives and academic loyalties, helping to create a new
transnational network of scholars.
Focusing on global problems, themes, and changes...
GSA members share the following aims:
Without regard to nationality, the GSA will seek to advance the work
of scholars and others who are interested in promoting the creation
and dissemination of multi- and interdisciplinary knowledge in the social
and human sciences concerning global affairs, problems and changes.
To encourage world-wide exchanges between people working in all fields
of research related to global studies, by organizing regular conferences,
setting up thematic, national and regional study sub-groupings and operating
in close association with Global Networks: A Journal of Transnational
Affairs, published by Blackwell.
Ultimately to facilitate the emergence of a worldwide federation of
quasi-independent academic groupings held together by the GSA as an
umbrella organization and by its shared concerns.