Global Studies Consortium

Shanghai 2017

Tenth meeting of the Global Studies Consortium


The tenth meeting of the Global Studies Consortium will be hosted by Shanghai University from 7 to 11 June, 2017.

The first half of the meeting, from 7 to 8 June, will be  a research-oriented conference on the theme Asia to the Middle East: Asianization of Middle East with Economic Characteristics? (click for details).

The "core" portion of the Consortium meeting, covering GSC-specific issues and business, will take place on June 9 and 10.  June 11 will be for social activities.

Wednesday June 7



Thursday June 8

EVENING - Meal and Huangpu River Cruise

DAY ONE / Friday June 9

9:00 Welcome GUO Changgang, Shanghai University

9:15-9:30 New Directions for GSC, Mark Juergensmeyer (UCSB)

9:30 Opening plenary:

Global Studies Status Report, 2007-2017: Trends Across the Regions

Co-chairs: GUO Changgang, Mark Juergensmeyer

Presenters: GUO Changgang (China); David Wank (Japan); Paul Battersby (Australia); Matthias Middell (Europe); Ilya Ilyin (Russia); Evelyn Davidheiser (N. America); Mahendra Lama (India/South Asia); ZHAO Wuming (respondent, Shantou University).  [8 speakers @ 7-10 minutes ea.]

11:00 COFFEE / TEA

11:20 Plenary Session

Interdisciplinarity as a Research Framework in Global Studies

Vladimir Pacheco Cueva (chair, Aarhus); ZHAO Wuming (Shantou); Michael Goodhart (Pittsburgh); Jie-Hyun Lim (Sogang); Tommaso Durante (respondent, RMIT)

The field of Global Studies opens new ways of examining socio-economic, political and cultural phenomena that transcends the national, regional and area studies perspectives, yielding ground breaking studies that expose the connections between seemingly unrelated concepts or that show how local issues are reflected at the global level. Even as the new epistemology creates knowledge that is both temporally and spatially inclusive, Global Studies is, to a large extent, still dependent on traditional disciplinary approaches of knowledge creation; the disciplinary “blinkers” inherent in these approaches weaken our ability to understand some of the complex problems our societies currently face.
This panel will engage questions of whether moving beyond purely disciplinary approaches in Global Studies provides any conceptual breakthroughs, the types of interdisciplinarity that currently exist, and the uses they are put to. We may also examine the claims by Darian-Smith and McCarty (2016) that a new interdisciplinary research framework for Global Studies has the potential to: 1) become applicable and accessible to many scholars even when their research interests are not explicitly ‘global‘ in nature; 2) open up western scholarship to non-western modes of thinking; 3) foster inclusive, productive and relevant globally informed scholarship.

12:45 Working LUNCH: new program introductions (Florida International University, Nankai University, China University of Political Science and Law)

14:00 Parallel Session I

Panel 1:  Internships and Service Learning: Beyond Study Abroad

Aigul Kulnazarova (chair, Tama); Donna Tonini (U of Illinois); Marek Musioł (Wroclaw); Danielle Dadras (respondent, Minnesota)

Global studies scholars, including practitioners and theorists, search for a clear sense of the unique mission of the global studies curriculum. Community engagement, which is significantly promoted through internship and service learning activities, could be one of the fundamental aspects of such mission because the field of global studies is aimed at educating globally- and practically-oriented citizens beyond knowledge and skills acquired “on campus.” Both internship and service learning are experiential in context; they involve the important element of active learning by integrating the “lived experience” approach into the academic curriculum that should itself distinguish the field from similar fields in that it notably transforms the self through self-learning (Nicolescu, and see Kulnazarova essay in global-e).

In light of this task, the panel invites global studies scholars to review past and current programs, and explore new trends and opportunities for global studies internship and service learning. Presentations are especially invited, but not limited, to engaging with transformation of traditional study abroad programs to address experiential learning practices and methodology covering the various aspects of global studies education, to discuss cultural, social and academic perspectives pertinent to different institutional locations and/or geographic regions, and challenges facing the development of global studies internship and service learning programs.

Panel 2: Publication initiatives, editorial opportunities

Jonathan Lewis (chair, Hitotsubashi); Victor Faessel (UCSB); David Famiano (UCPress)

The session will be devoted primarily to a brief update on the new rollout of the global studies online journal global-e and editorial board roles available to Consortium participants, followed by a presentation by David Famiano, Journals Editor at the University of California Press, updating last year’s presentation about the recently approved UC Press online journal platform Global Perspectives, and editorial and contributor opportunities for GSC scholars.

15:30 COFFEE / TEA

15:45 Parallel Session II

Panel 3: Global Studies Curriculum Design: From Undergrad to Graduate

Hilary Jane Chung (chair, Auckland); Li Si Ming (Hong Kong Baptist); Qing Lai (Florida International);
Anemone Platz (Aarhus); Gabriel Garcia Ocha (Monash); Dai NOMIYA (respondent, Chuo)

Framing the Consortium’s perennial topics of curriculum design and “foundational courses” in such a way as to engage new participants representing undergrad and graduate programs (as well as those only dreaming of one), this session discusses types of courses, intended outcomes in terms of student skills/knowledge from different types and their combination, and how these integrate with and meet the overarching themes or goals of the program. This panel will include representatives of programs ranging from BA to MA/PhD.

Panel 4: Global Learning and Global Language Studies

Guosheng Cheng (chair, RMIT); Veronica Dristas (Pittsburgh); Christian Hess (Sophia); Kelly Nicholson
(Shantou); Lynne Li (respondent, RMIT)

University academics generally fail to acknowledge the importance of multilingual knowledge and skills for the future careers of their graduates. This panel explores the role of language learning, teaching, and research in the context of the “global” education underway today in diverse settings, including contemporary entrepreneur-style universities. Discussion topics include among others the business and economic value and the political power of languages that are looking to drive today's education and global learning agenda.




DAY TWO / Saturday June 10

9:00 Convene, Announcements

9:15 Parallel Session III

Panel 5: Populist Movements and the Challenge for Global Studies

Matthias Middell (chair, Leipzig); Mark Juergensmeyer (UCSB); Marek Wroblewski (Wroclaw); Evelyn Davidheiser (Minnesota); Alexander Gasparishvilli (respondent, Moscow State)

The years 2016 and 2017 have seen a growing concern with so called populist movements, governments, and politics. The common denominator seems to be an insistence on priority given to national interest and an opposition to “globalization” identified by many with transregional migration, while others address also injustices and inequalities caused by "global neoliberalism" or "neoliberal globalization." But what is the exact relationship of these movements and policies towards global connectivity, transnational entanglements, international policy, etc? This panel invites responses to the question: Is there a challenge to global studies when populist politicians or parties argue heavily against globalization, and if so how do you react to it with your program? It is evident that participants in a global meeting of global studies programs can profit from the variety of situations with which we are confronted, as perhaps the story is not everywhere the same. Our strategies may also differ when it comes to the defense of “the global” in the name of our programs. There could also be inspiration for cross-program activities, since students may like the comparison as well. Therefore, also encouraged are proposals for teaching activities that may combine the strengths of our programs.

Panel 6: Publication Initiatives

Victor Faessel (chair, UCSB); David Famiano (UCPress)

optional, same as Panel 2


11:00 Closing Plenary/Discussion:

Global Studies Consortium – The Next 10 Years


1) session chairs;

2) Global Studies Consortium Survey (Michael Goodhart, Pittsburgh);

3) Intra-Consortium networking/info sharing (Jonathan Lewis, Hitotsubashi);

Discussion: Global Studies Consortium directions, next 10 years

12:30 General Meeting Adjourns

12:45 LUNCH

13:45 Global Studies Consortium Business Meeting


15:45 OPTIONAL: discussion on editorial roles in global studies journals, UC Press and global-e
(with David Famiano of UC Press and Victor Faessel, global-e)



Sunday June 11

13:00-18:00 OPTIONAL EXCURSION: Shanghai City sightseeing