Seventh Global Studies Conference, Center for Global Studies, Shanghai University, Shanghai, China
Eighth Global Studies Conference, Imperial College London, London, UK
Global Studies Research Network
Welome Reception, Fifth Global Studies Conference, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

Our History...

The Global Studies Research Network


Founded in 2008, the Global Studies Conference is held annually in different locations around the world, each selected for its particular place in the dynamics of globalization. Intellectually, the conference takes three steps: the first is a "this-worldly" step, mapping the details and extrapolating to big picture analyses in order to interpret what is at times challenging, dangerous and excitingly positive about the "New Globalization." The second step is to set this New Globalization in the context of earlier globalizations – what are the continuities, and what is genuinely new? The third step is to re-examine and redefine the very concept of globalization – in theoretical, anthropological, and philosophical terms. The conference works between the most fastidiously empirical and profoundly generalizing modes of engagement with one of the central phenomena of our contemporary existence.

The Global Studies Conference is built upon four key features: Internationalism, Interdisciplinarity, Inclusiveness, and Interaction. Conference delegates include leaders in the field as well as emerging scholars, who travel to the conference from all corners of the globe and represent a broad range of disciplines and perspectives. A variety of presentation options and session types offer delegates multiple opportunities to engage, to discuss key issues in the field, and to build relationships with scholars from other cultures and disciplines.


The Global Studies Research Network enables members to publish through two media. First, network members can enter a world of journal publication unlike the traditional academic publishing forums—a result of the responsive, non-hierarchical, and constructive nature of the peer review process. The Global Studies Journal provides a framework for double-blind peer review, enabling authors to publish into an academic journal of the highest standard. The second publication medium is through the Global Studies Book Imprint, publishing cutting edge books in print and electronic formats. Publication proposal and manuscript submissions are welcome.


The Global Studies Research Network offers several opportunities for ongoing communication among its members. Any member may upload video presentations based on scholarly work to the network YouTube channel. Quarterly email newsletters contain updates on conference and publishing activities as well as broader news of interest. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter, or explore our new social media platform, Scholar.

Past Conferences and Speaker Highlights

Past Conferences
  • 2008 - University of Illinois, Chicago, USA
  • 2009 - Zayed University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • 2010 - Pusan National University, Pusan, South Korea
  • 2011 - Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2012 - Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
  • 2013 - India International Centre, New Delhi, India
  • 2014 - Center for Global Studies, Shanghai University, Shanghai, China
  • 2015 - Imperial College, London, UK
  • 2016 - University of California, Los Angeles, USA
  • 2017 - National University of Singapore, Singapore
Past Plenary Speakers

The International Conference on Global Studies has a rich history of featuring leading and emerging voices from the field, including:

  • Annabelle Sreberny, SOAS, University of London, London, UK (2015)
  • Arun Kumar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India (2013)
  • Elisa P. Reis, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2011)
  • George Ritzer, University of Maryland, College Park, USA (2009)
  • Hyun-Chin Lim, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea (2010)
  • Jack Qiu, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, SAR, China (2014)
  • Jan Nederveen Pieterse, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana-Champaign, USA (2008)
  • John M. Hobson, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK (2010)
  • John Urry, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK (2012)
  • Manfred B. Steger, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia (2008)
  • Manoranjan Mohanty, Council for Social Development, New Delhi, India (2013)
  • Robin Mansell, London School of Economics, London, UK (2015)
  • Ulrick Beck, University of Munich, Munich, Germany (2012)

Past Partners

The Global Studies Research Network has had the pleasure of working with the following organizations: