Theme 1: Economy and Trade

On the economic dimensions of globalization.

  • Global markets in an era of neoliberalism
  • Free trade and fair trade
  • Transnational corporations
  • Patterns of global investment
  • Logics of accumulation
  • Engines of growth in the developing world
  • The international division of labor
  • Global financial flows and institutions
  • Inequality – patterns and trends

Sample Keywords:  Economy, Trade, Markets, Finance


Theme 2: Politics, Power, and Institutions

On the political dimensions of globalization.

  • Imperialism and neo-colonialism
  • ‘Soft power’ and the structures of hegemony
  • Neoliberal politics and policies
  • Global regulation and deregulation
  • Social movements
  • Flashpoints of social conflict
  • Welfare in a global context
  • International structures and institutions of governance
  • Global NGOs

Sample Keywords: Imperialism, Colonialism, Neoliberalism, Regulations, Power, Social Movements, Governance, NGO, Sovereignty


Theme 3: Society and Culture

On the socio-cultural dimensions of globalization.

  • Inequality and Poverty
  • Development and underdevelopment
  • Globalism as ideology
  • Nationalism and post-nationalism
  • Cultural imperialism and post-colonialism
  • Migrations and Diaspora
  • Cosmopolitanism and multiculturalism
  • Cultural Hybridization

Sample Keywords: Globalization, Globalism, Inequality, Development, Migration, Cultural Imperialism, Diaspora, Cosmopolitanism, Multiculturalism


Theme 4: Resources and Environment

On the ecosystemic dimensions of globalization.

  • Environments in a global context
  • Agriculture and food supply
  • Sustainability
  • Urbanism
  • Climate Change
  • Growth and its limits

Sample Keywords:  Resources, Environments, Agriculture, Sustainability, Urbanism, Climate Change, Growth


Presentations at the conference, as well as the journals and books created in this knowledge community, are grouped around the themes listed here. Submissions are welcomed that cross more than one thematic area. Keywords are only indicative - please add your own keywords as you think necessary. The range of ideas listed in each thematic grouping and associated keywords is continually reviewed and revised by the participants in this knowledge community. Please suggest additions and changes.