Reimagining the Scholarly Conference

To support the range of options, and flexibility needed in our current climate, we will offer a blended conference experience. You do not need to commit either to a place-based or virtual presentation at the time of submission. You can present both ways, or change your mode of the presentation if your preferences change. The choice to participate virtually could also be a moral decision – for the planet, for security, or when the financial burden of travel is too great. We aim to foster spaces that align with principles of social justice and community development.

We also want to be ready for the possibility of place-based postponement due to COVID-19. If we are forced to postpone, the online engagement will still go ahead, and your registration will allow you to join the conference in person in a later year.

This way we build for our Research Network Members flexible, and at the same time resilient, spaces for communication, engagement, and participation.

Themes and Special Focus

Founded in 2008, the Global Studies Research Network is devoted to mapping and interpreting past and emerging trends and patterns in globalization. We aim to traverse a broad terrain, sometimes technically and other times socially oriented, sometimes theoretical and other times practical in their perspective, and sometimes reflecting dispassionate analysis while at other times suggesting interested strategies for action. Our aim is to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries.

The Fourteenth Global Studies Conference calls for research addressing the following annual themes and special focus:

  • 2021 Special Focus—Life after Pandemic: Towards a New Global Biopolitics?
  • Theme 1: Networks of Economy and Trade
  • Theme 2: The Power of Institutions
  • Theme 3: Vectors of Society and Culture
  • Theme 4: Ecological Foundations

Conference Chairs

Dr. Rafal Soborski

Dr. Rafal Soborski

Professor, International Politics, Richmond, The American International University in London, United Kingdom

Plenary Speakers

The Fourteenth Global Studies Conference will feature plenary sessions by some of the world's leading thinkers and innovators in the field.

Jerry Harris

Jerry Harris

Secretary of the Global Studies of North America, United States

Todd Wolfson

Todd Wolfson

Associate Professor of Journalism, Media Studies, and Co-Director of the MIC Center, United States

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