September 26-28, 2013
Global studies emerged in the 1980s as scholars, policymakers, and the general public began to take note of the increasingly transnational flows of people, ideas, and goods that have come to be identified under the rubric of globalization. Interest in global phenomena has since spread to every discipline in the social sciences and humanities, to become an intellectual touchstone in the academy and beyond. Despite increasing popular and scholarly attention to global issues, no clear consensus has emerged regarding the most fundamental definitions of terms or appropriate empirical methods for studying the global. This conference will explore emerging directions and methodologies for global research. The scholars in the Mellon Foundation-funded Framing the Global project have been addressing this question collaboratively and through their own work, which is characterized by interdisciplinarity, empirical grounding, and a concern with tracing the links between the transnational and the local in a variety of lived, political, discursive, cultural, and social domains. The conference will extend that conversation to include other scholars and practitioners with similar concerns.
We invite proposals for panels or individual papers that are empirically grounded while addressing important theoretical and methodological issues in studying the global. Scholars in all academic and professional fields are encouraged to participate. Preference will be given to papers that complement the Framing the Global project’s approaches. Work that addresses public understanding of global studies, global issues, and globalization is especially welcome, as are proposals from scholars who are asking ontological and epistemological questions about their global research.
Invited Keynote speakers:
Arjun Appadurai, Paulette Goddard Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication - Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development - New York University
Gillian Hart, Professor of Geography, University of California Berkeley
Yasmina Zaidman, Director of Communications & Strategic Partnerships, Acumen Fund
Proposal submission deadline: April 15, 2013
Notification of acceptance: June 1, 2013
Prospective participants should submit their proposals through our online submission page:
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