2nd Annual Society of Global Scholars Conference

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March 2, 2018 to March 3, 2018
California, United States
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Human Rights, Indigenous Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies

University of California, Santa Barbara

2nd Annual Society of Global Scholars Conference

Friday, March 2--Saturday, March 3, 2018


CALL FOR PAPERS 2017/2018:

Alter-Globalizations: Another World is (Still) Possible


'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:

  • The revolutionary aspirations and coalitions visible at Standing Rock and in #BlackLivesMatter

  • Alternative forms of community such as Rojava and the Zapatistas

  • Robust transnational movements  such as  La Via Campesina and Movimiento de los Trabajadores Rurales Sin Tierra

  • Solidarity networks such as the World March of Women and Slum Dwellers International

These and many other less visible alter-globalization actors have remained defiant and resilient in an era of uncertainty, and attention to these dynamic alternatives is more important now than ever.


This graduate student-organized conference hopes to serve as a forum for the sharing, discussion, and actuation of these possibilities. We welcome papers from all scholars--especially graduate students--on a wide range of perspectives, topics, and themes within alter-globalizations, including but not limited to:

  • Food, water and land sovereignty struggles in defense of Mother Earth

  • Buen Vivir and indigenous political ecologies

  • Radical democracy and horizontalism

  • Mobilizations for gender, sexual, and intersectional feminist justice

  • Battles against racism, borders, and other modes of exclusion

  • Struggles against the legacies and continuities of colonialism and imperialism


If you are interested in presenting at our conference, please submit an abstract of 250-300 words along with your name, email, affiliation, and CV by November 15, 2017. Send all abstracts and any questions to sgsresearchhub@gmail.com.

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