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The 'End of History' 30 Years On

Call for Papers

Theme: The 'End of History' 30 Years On
Subtitle: Globalization Then and Now
Type: 12th Global Studies Conference
Institution: Common Ground Research Networks
  Jagiellonian University
Location: Kraków (Poland)
Date: 27.–28.6.2019
Deadline: 27.5.2019

The Twelfth Global Studies Conference will be take place in June 2019
at Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland.

Founded in 2008, the Global Studies Research Network is devoted to
mapping and interpreting past and emerging trends and patterns in

Global Studies Conference attendees include leaders in the field, as
well as emerging scholars, who travel to the conference from all
corners of the globe and represent a broad range of disciplines and
perspectives. A variety of presentation options and session types
offer opportunities for attendees to share their work, discuss key
issues in the field, and build relationships with attendees.

We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive
sessions, posters/exhibits, virtual lightning talks, virtual posters,
or colloquia addressing one of the following themes.

* 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

* Theme 1:
 Economy and Trade

- Global Markets in an era of Neoliberalism
- Free Trade and Fair Trade
- Transnational Corporations
- Megabusinesses, Mircobusinesses and Globalization
- Patterns of Global Investment
- Logics of Accumulation
- Engines of Growth in the Developing World
- The International Division of Labor
- Trade Flows and Current Account Balances
- Global Financial Flows and Institutions
- Inequality – Patterns and Trends
- Global Production Networks
- Multi-National Corporations
- Trade Agreements
- Pharmaceuticals
- Money Laundering

* Theme 2:
 Politics, Power, and Institutions

- Imperialism and Neo-colonialism
- ‘Soft power’ and the Structures of Hegemony
- Neoliberal Politics and Policies
- Global Regulation and Deregulation
- Social Movements
- Flashpoints of Social Conflict
- Welfare in a Global Context
- International Structures and Institutions of Governance
- Global NGOs
- Nations and Sovereignty in the ‘New Globalization’
- Drones
- War Conflict
- Arms
- Terrorism and Political Violence
- Governance and Reform
- Democratic Practices and Human Rights

* Theme 3:
 Society and Culture

- Inequality
- Poverty
- Development and Underdevelopment
- Globalism as Ideology
- Nationalism and Post-Nationalism
- Cultural Imperialism and Post-Colonialism
- Migrations
- Diaspora
- Cosmopolitanism and Multiculturalism
- Cultural Hybridization
- Forced Migration (Refugees, Human Trafficking, Statelessness,
 Internally Displaced Persons)
- Voluntary Migration (Migrant Workers, Labor Markets, Urbanization)
- Big Data
- Internet
- Art, Architecture, and Literature
- Transnational Crime
- Sports

* Theme 4:
 Resources and Environment

- Resource Access
- Environments in a Global Context
- Agriculture and Food Supply
- Sustainability
- Urbanism
- Climate Change
- Growth and Its Limits
- Global Health
- Global Environment
- Resource Curse and Management

Deadline for proposal submission is 27 May 2019.

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