Twelfth Global Studies Conference

  • 2019 Special Focus - The "End of History” 30 Years On: Globalization Then and Now
  • 27-28 June 2019
  • Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland

At a Glance...

2

Days of paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters, and colloquia.

145

Delegates from all over the world who attended the Twelfth Global Studies Conference.

25

Countries represented.

2019 Special Focus - The “End Of History” 30 Years On: Globalization Then and Now

1989 was a momentous year in the history of the twentieth century. A revolutionary wave that started in Poland, and continued in Hungary, East Germany and elsewhere, led to the end of Soviet domination in Central and Eastern Europe and ultimately the collapse, in 1991, of the Soviet Union itself. 30 years later, the Global Studies Conference meets in Krakow, one of the main centres of the 1980s civil society resistance against the communist regime, to consider, in a multidimensional way, the nature of the post-Cold war period and the contrast between the current volatile world and the accelerated globalization of the 1990s. While in the aftermath of communism’s defeat, the discourse of capitalist triumphalism prevailed – with Francis Fukuyama’s 1989 “end of history” thesis as its most influential example – three decades on, more cautious assessments are in order. Although capitalism, especially of a particular, neoliberal kind, may have established its domination over almost the entire globe, the obituaries written in the early 1990s – for social democracy, the state, the nation, sometimes modernity itself – now seem utterly premature. Far from homogenizing the world, the processes of globalization have clashed with tendencies towards fragmentation, globalism has been undermined by nationalism, and neoliberal hegemony is often described as zombie-like, exhausted by challenges both on the right and the left. The questions addressed by this conference concern:

  • The history of globalization and the evolution of globalization debates
  • Neoliberal globalization and its discontents: globalization-from-below and anti-globalism
  • Multi-trajectories of modernisations
  • Populism, nationalism, and the resurgence of the right
  • US hegemony: declining or enduring?
  • Bumpy roads of regional integration projects
  • Emerging political and economic global multilateralism
  • Challenges and opportunities brought by new patterns of migration
  • Digital technologies: towards unification or fragmentation?
  • Global crises and globalization’s futures

Conference Co-Chairs

Rafal Soborski

Rafal Soborski

Professor, International Politics, Richmond, The American International University in London, UK

Marcin Galent

Marcin Galent

Assistant Professor, Institute for European Studies, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland

Plenary Speakers

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

Zdzislaw Mach

Zdzislaw Mach

Dean of the Faculty of International and Political Studies , Head of the Centre for European Studies, Jagiellonian University, Poland

"The Iron Curtain and the Process of EU Integration – The Present Dilemmas of Collective Identity"

Paul Kennedy

Paul Kennedy

Senior Research Fellow, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

"Re-thinking the Local and the Global in an Age of Ecological Risk, Democratic Estrangement, Societal Fragmentation, and Predatory Capitalism"

Elzbieta Matynia

Elzbieta Matynia

Professor of Sociology and Liberal Studies, and founding director of the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies (TCDS), New School for Social Research, New York, USA

"Is Liberal Democracy Already History?”

Joanna Kurczewska

Joanna Kurczewska

Professor of Sociology, and holds a chair in Sociology and Anthropology of Culture, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland

"Poland 1989-2019 for Utopians. One country, Three Decades, Four Ideas"

Emerging Scholar Awardees

For each conference, a small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active academic interest in the conference area. The Award, with its accompanying responsibilities provides a strong professional development opportunity for early career academics. The 2019 Emerging Scholar Awardees are listed below.

Alicia Law

Alicia Law

Associate Professor, International College of the Cayman Islands (ICCI), North Sound Estates, Cayman Islands

Asya Cooley

Asya Cooley

Assistant Professor, School of Media and Strategic Communications (SMSC), Oklahoma State University (OSU), Stillwater, USA

Brian Smith

Brian Smith

Assistant Professor, School of Advanced Studies, University of Tyumen, Tyumen, Russia

Dominic Chequer

Dominic Chequer

California Polytechnic, California, USA

​Eirini Aivaliotou

​Eirini Aivaliotou

University of Wroclaw, Wrocław, Poland

Michał Pawiński

Michał Pawiński

Lecturer, Institute of International Relations, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago

​Nariswari Khairanisa Nurjaman

​Nariswari Khairanisa Nurjaman

Consultant, Japan International Cooperation Agency KPPIP Support Facility, Japan

Gabriel Rached

Gabriel Rached

Researcher and Assistant Professor, Federal Fluminense University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sarah Goldwasser

Sarah Goldwasser

Berkeley School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, USA

​Kinga H. Karlowska

​Kinga H. Karlowska

McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA

Antonio Alejo

Antonio Alejo

Associate researcher,Instituto Galego de Analise e Documentación Internacional and Associate research, Centro de Estudios de Cooperación Internacional y Gestión Pública

Conference Partner

Virtual Presentations

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Lightning Talks

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