Global Studies Association Conference 2020.

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Call for Papers
June 11, 2020
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Popular Culture Studies, Sociology, Political Science, Humanities, Environmental History / Studies

‘Global Dis- Connections and Alternative Futures’. We are living at a time of conflict, declining optimism and growing challenges to nearly everything we had hoped for following the end of the Cold War and the intensifying globalization processes of the early 1990s onwards. Papers which explore the following themes concerning how we got to our present situation of crisis and where we might go from here are especially welcome. However, we are open to suggestions for papers on other themes.

The rise of Right-Populist movements:  their current and likely future impact on democratic politics. Examples might include Brexit in the UK, India, Poland or Hungary.

Migrants and Migration: what does the future hold for skilled and/or unskilled migrants in a world of closing borders?   

Environmentalism and its contradictions: intensified governmental cooperation and global citizen- movements provide the keys to a sustainable planet. Yet will the massive socio-economic re-localization that follows lead to de-globalization?     

Cosmopolitanism and cultural borders: what role does and may the social and other media and the various forms of artistic expression play in dissolving or hardening national/ethnic divisions at local, national or global levels?

Globalized corporate high-tech capitalism: some argue that growing swathes of humanity are increasingly irrelevant to capitalism.  If so, what kinds of alternative society may (need to) evolve and how?

Contact Info: 

The Global Studies Association invites papers for its 2020 conference on June 11th and 12th to be held at Manchester Metropolitan University, hosted by Research in Arts and Humanities (RAH). Please send a brief bio of no more than 100 words and abstracts of no more than 300 words to Paul Kennedy ( by April 30th.  

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