Online Only in 2021 // Blended 2022

Due to current restrictions on entry into Canada— and uncertainty on the date these restrictions will end—we have decided to continue with only the online component of the 2021 conference.
We are nonetheless excited to announce the online conference will be delivered on the CGScholar platform – developed by the Common Ground Media Lab, the research and technology arm of Common Ground Research Networks.
We are moving to bring the conference experience into the digital era. All presenters will be given Presenter Pages: linked to profiles on CGScholar, displaying abstract summary, thematic connection to panelists and peers, ability to add digital media: video, sound, other files. As an alternative, you can also participate online with Audience Passes. And finally, we'll be offering innovative online social spaces to frame serendipitous encounters for personal and professional growth.
All "Blended" registration types will be able to present online in 2021 and in-person (and/or) online in 2022.
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

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

Saskia Sassen

Saskia Sassen

Professor of Sociology, Columbia University, United States

David Chandler

David Chandler

Professor of International Relations, University of Westminster, United Kingdom

Mark E. G. Kelly

Mark E. G. Kelly

Future Fellow, Australian Research Council, and Associate Professor, Western Sydney University, Australia

Conference Chair

Dr. Rafal Soborski

Dr. Rafal Soborski

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

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