Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The IAFOR International Conference on Global Studies 2017 (Global2017)

Dear Colleague,

We invite you to participate in The IAFOR International Conference on Global Studies 2017 (Global2017), held Monday, Friday, July 14 to Sunday, July 16, 2017, at NH Collection Barcelona Constanza, in Barcelona, Spain.

Submit your abstract by February 28, 2017 to join IAFOR and delegates from around the world in the multicultural city of Barcelona.

Registration includes admission to The IAFOR International Conference on the City 2017 (City2017), which is to be held alongside Global2017 as part of the same event. This gathering of academics at the intersection of nation, culture and discipline promises a unique environment for conversation, information exchange and networking.

Join us at Global2017 for interdisciplinary discussion around the shared conference theme of:

"Global Realities: Precarious Survival and Belonging"

**Keynote Speakers:
Dr Simon Sleight – King's College London, UK
Professor Adrien Katherine Wing – University of Iowa College of Law, USA

We hope that the broad nature of this theme will encourage the submission of works from a variety of interesting perspectives.

We encourage you to join us in Barcelona to share your research and knowledge in an international, intercultural and interdisciplinary setting. To submit an abstract for presentation or to participate as an audience member, please visit our website or contact us for more information.

Submission Deadline: February 28, 2017
Submit an abstract: www.iafor.org/cfp
Visit the conference website: www.global.iafor.org
Enquiries: global@iafor.org

In conjunction with our global partners, we look forward to extending you a warm welcome in 2017.

On behalf of the Conference Organising Committee
The IAFOR International Conference on Global Studies 2017 (Global2017)


***Join IAFOR at Global2017 to:

– Present to a global audience
– Have your work published in the Conference Proceedings and considered for peer-reviewed, open-access journals
– Benefit from IAFOR's interdisciplinary focus by hearing about the latest research in Global Studies, studies on the City, and more
– Participate in a truly international, interdisciplinary and intercultural event
– Take part in interactive audience sessions
– Network with international colleagues

**Register now to take advantage of Early Bird Registration and save over 20%. Early Bird Registration is open until March 30, 2017. Lunch is included in all conference registrations. Please see the registration page for details:

*If you have attended an IAFOR conference within the past year, or belong to an affiliated university or institution, we offer additional discounts in appreciation of your support. Please contact us at global@iafor.org for details.


***Conference Theme: "Global Realities: Precarious Survival and Belonging"

The theme for the Asian Conference on Cultural Studies 2014 in Osaka was "Borderlands of becoming, belonging and sharing". In his presentation, Conference Co-Chair Professor Baden Offord wrote: "Gloria Anzaldua's idea of the borderland has become a critical conceptual rubric used by cultural researchers as a way of understanding, explaining and articulating the in-determined, vague, ambiguous nature of everyday life and the cultural politics of border-knowledge, border crossings, transgression, living in-between and multiple belongings. Borderlands is also about a social space where people of diverse backgrounds and identities meet and share a space in which the politics of co-presence and co-existence are experienced and enacted in mundane ways."

Now, at this second IAFOR Global Studies conference, we revisit that territory under the title "Global Realities: Precarious Survival and Belonging". While retaining the ideas expressed by Professor Offord in 2014, this conference will turn its focus on to the precariousness of life across the world, life being understood in all its amplitude. Since 2014 we have witnessed the horror of the refugee crisis in Europe and how borders which should have been crossed have been blocked off by barbed wire fences. The whole context of borders, belonging and survival has shifted resulting in an increase in racism, radical nationalisms, terrorism, infringements of human rights, and rising poverty levels, to mention only a few of the globalised problems confronting our world. The result of such precarity, even of the planet itself, has led to a generalised sense of communal and individual vulnerability.

Raimond Gaita recently noted: "It is striking how often people now speak of 'a common humanity' in ethically inflected registers, or ethically resonant tones that express a fellowship of all the peoples of the earth, or sometimes the hope for such a fellowship." Hopefully, this conference will discuss the ways and means by which a "common humanity" may be aspired to by future generations.

The organisers encourage submissions that approach the conference theme from a variety of perspectives. However, the submission of other topics for consideration is welcome and we also encourage sessions within and across a variety of interdisciplinary and theoretical perspectives.

***Conference Programme

As well as being a great opportunity for meeting and interacting with some of the biggest names in the fields of Global Studies and the City, IAFOR's conferences create an intellectually challenging but friendly environment for the presentation and nurturing of new ideas, encouraging the research synergies that drive new developments and create new knowledge.

Speakers at The IAFOR International Conference on Global Studies 2017 (Global2017) include:

**Keynote Speakers:
Dr Simon Sleight – King's College London, UK
Professor Adrien Katherine Wing – University of Iowa College of Law, USA

*Further speakers:
Gloria Montero – novelist, playwright and poet
Professor Emerita Sue Ballyn – Barcelona University, Spain
Professor Baden Offord – Curtin University, Australia
Professor Donald E. Hall – Lehigh University, USA
Dr A. Robert Lee – Nihon University, Japan (retd.)
Dr Bill Phillips – University of Barcelona, Spain
Dr Cornelis Martin Renes – University of Barcelona, Spain

Additional speakers for The IAFOR International Conference on Global Studies 2017 will be announced in the coming months.


***About IAFOR

To learn more about IAFOR, please visit our website at www.iafor.org. For enquiries please contact global@iafor.org.

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