Ninth Global Studies Conference

'Rethinking Global Space in the Age of the Anthropocene: Futures of Ecological Interdependence'

University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, USA
30 June - 1 July 2016


Conference Focus

The 2016 Global Studies Conference will address a range of critically important ideas relating to globalization in the world today. 

We are inviting proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, or colloquia (See Proposal Types) addressing global studies through one of the following themes:

Economy and Trade Politics, Power and Institutions
Society and Culture Resources and Environment
2016 Special Theme: Rethinking Global Space in the Age of the Anthropocene: Futures of Ecological Interdependence

Proposal ideas that extend beyond these thematic areas will also be considered. For more information about the ideas and themes underlying this community, see Our Focus.

We also offer participation options for those individuals who cannot attend the conference. Authors who wish to submit an article for potential publication in the Global Studies Journal may submit a Proposal for Article Submission, while all members of the knowledge community with an accepted proposal may submit an online presentation to the knowledge community YouTube channel.


2016 Special Theme: Rethinking Global Space in the Age of the Anthropocene: Futures of Ecological Interdependence

When studying the historical evolution of global socio-political spaces, we may assume two distinct, yet symbiotically connected, human perspectives. On the one hand, institutional perspectives that manifest themselves in modes of sovereignty, territorial boundaries, and technical aspects of political authority. On the other hand, ideational perspectives that shape variations in cultures, identities, and norms of ethics and justice. Critical appraisal of these perspectives is generally cast within a human-centered paradigm. Such perspectives, however, frequently neglect the context of the natural environment. As a counterbalance, it is now being said with increasing frequency that we have entered a new geological age, a distinct era in planetary history, the age of the Anthropocene. This age is defined by human-induced changes to the natural environment: rising global temperatures, sea levels, and CO2 in the atmosphere, to name just a few consequential eco-systemic changes. The question for this conference is whether this is a necessarily distinct, third major perspective on the socio-political dynamics of globalization. The special focus of the 2016 Global Studies Conference --Rethinking Political Space in the Age of the Anthropocene: Futures of Ecological Interdependence-- asks the following: if a characteristic feature of our contemporary epoch transcends our standard institutional and ideational perspectives for the generation and interpretation of global political space, in what ways does the perspective of a new historical epoch in natural history demand the reconsideration of how we view global socio-political space generally?


Submit a Conference Proposal

To learn more about preparing and submitting your conference proposal, including guidelines, deadlines, and "how-to" information, go to Submitting Your Work: Conference Presentations.


Conference Details

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