Global Studies Consortium

Melbourne 2012

The fifth meeting of the Global Studies Consortium. June 14-17, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

Your hosts

Find out more about the different centres at RMIT working in Global Studies:

The Global Cities Research Institute

The Globalism Research Centre

School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning


You can also download this program as a PDF file or as a Word file.

Thursday 14 June

Global Studies Consortium Research Conference: Globalizing Cities

Ibis Hotel
Therry St, Melbourne City

09.00 – 09.30

Welcome and Introductions

09:30 – 10:45

Panel 1: Climate Resilient Cities, Climate Change Adaptation Program, RMIT

  • Professor Darryn McEvoy: Context setting
  • Dr. Hartmut Funfgeld: Adaptation Planning
  • Dr. Jane Mullett: Urban infrastructure
  • Dr. Karyn Bosomworth: Urban heat islands and green infrastructure.

10:45 – 11:05 Morning tea

11:05 – 12:20

Panel 2: Global Flows of Media, People and Culture, Globalization and Culture Program, RMIT

  • Mr. Tommaso Durante: The Global Imaginary – Melbourne: between Globalization and Resistance
  • Professor Peter Horsfield: The Global Re-Mediation of Religion
  • Dr. Anne McNevin: Irregular Migration and Global Cities
  • Dr. Peter Phipps: Curating Urban Cultures: Melbourne's Ethnic Precincts in a Global Frame

12:20 – 13:20 Lunch

13:20 – 14:20

Panel 3: Community, City and Globalisation, Community Sustainability Program, RMIT

  • Dr Martin Mulligan: Rethinking Community in Changing Cities
  • Prof Supriya Singh: Migration, Mobility and Community
  • Prof Chris Chamberlain: Towards More Inclusive and Cohesive Urban Communities

14:20 – 15:20

Panel 4: Locating the human in global approaches to security, Human Security Program, RMIT

  • Dr. Elizabeth Kath: From social inclusion to reconciliation
  • Dr. Damian Grenfell: Moving beyond Ideology: Interventions, Violence and Ontological Difference
  • Dr. Robin Cameron: A more 'human' human security

15:20 – 15:40 Afternoon Tea

15:40 – 16:55

Panel 5: Learning, health and sustainable futures, Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures Program

Chair: John Fien

  • Dr Robbie Guevara and Dr Leone Wheeler: Learning Partnerships for Socio-Ecological Change
  • Dr Beau Beza and Dr Susie Moloney: Place Making in Urban renewal
  • Dr Cecily Maller: Planning for Healthy Communities

16.55 – 17:00

Brief summary of the day and close down

  • Chris Hudson

Friday 15 June

Global Studies Consortium Annual Meeting: Innovations in Global Studies

Ibis Hotel
Therry St Melbourne City

09:00 – 09:20


  • Professor Manfred Steger

09:20 – 10:30

Session 1: Consolidating the Discipline

Chair: Matthias Middell, University of Leipzig/Erasmus Mundus

This session introduces major publishing projects in Global Studies including the recently released SAGE Encyclopaedia of Global Studies (Mark Juergensmeyer and Helmut Anheier ed.), the Encyclopaedia of Globalistics (Lomosonov Moscow State U) and The SAGE Handbook of Globalization (Manfred Steger, Paul Battersby and Joseph Siracusa ed.) scheduled for publication in 2013/2014.


  • Ivan Alseshkovsky, Lomosonow Moscow State University
  • Mark Juergensmeyer, UCSB
  • Manfred Steger, RMIT University and University of Hawai’i

10:30 – 10:45 Morning Tea

10:45 – 12:15

Session 2: Global Studies and Pedagogy

Chair: Manfred Steger, RMIT University and University of Hawai’i

This session explores different approaches to teaching global studies and to structuring global studies programs at the postgraduate or undergraduate level. Paul Battersby will discuss the development of a new Master of Global Studies at RMIT. Presentations are invited from members who are currently developing other programs or reviewing the intellectual and vocational focus of existing programs in Global Studies.


  • Paul Battersby, RMIT University
  • David Wank, Sophia University
  • Changgang Guo, Shanghai University
  • Patrick Manning, University of Pittsburgh

12:15 – 13:15 Lunch

13:15 – 14:45

Session 3: Global Studies Business Meeting

Secretary: Victor Faessel, UC Santa Barbara

Format to be determined by the GSC Steering Committee.

14:45 – 15:00 Afternoon Tea

15:15 – 16:45

Session 4: the Institutional Contexts of Global Studies

Chair: Dai Nomiya, Sophia University

Humanities and social science scholars in Australian universities contend with the institutional demands to teach increasing numbers of students, publish voluminously and be "relevant," in a vocational sense, in what they teach and research. Funding is a perennial concern with serious implications for career advancement for the next generation of scholars. This session explores the different institutional contexts of Global Studies teaching, research and collegial engagement. Ideally, this will be an opportunity to share strategies for survival, consolidation and expansion.


  • Leloy Claudio, Ateneo de Manila
  • Evelyn Davidheiser, University of Minnesota
  • Michael Kluth, University of Roskilde


Conference Dinner

Court House Hotel
86-90 Errol Street, North Melbourne (see map)

Saturday 16 June

Global Studies Consortium Meeting: Reaching Out Across the Academy and Beyond

Ibis Hotel
Therry St Melbourne City

09:30 – 11:00

Session 1: The Transdisciplinarity of Global Studies

Chair: Anne McNevin, RMIT University

This session explores how Global Studies scholars can and do interact with scholars and students from different disciplines across and outside the humanities and social sciences. For instance, how might a global studies subject fit into a course on urban planning, social welfare, engineering, or business management? Presentations are invited from members with some experience of teaching global studies to students outside the discipline and to cooperating with non-GS discipline scholars. Consideration could also be given to relationship building with organizations and professionals in the worlds of business and government.


  • Ulf Engel, University of Leipzig/Erasmus Mundus
  • Kurt Schock, Rutgers University
  • Rohit Negi, Ambedkar University-Delhi

11:00 – 11:15 Morning Tea

11:15 – 12:45

Session 2: International Collaboration

Chair: Debora Halbert, University of Hawaii

This session explores opportunities for collaboration between GSC members in teaching and research. Consideration will be given to possible joint delivery of programs in third countries, student and staff exchanges, and common research or publishing interests. Presentations are sought from members with innovative suggestions for greater collaboration and how such collaboration could encourage more universities to establish Global Studies programs or research centres.


  • Steve Smith, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Sebastian Plocinnek, University of Wrozlaw/Erasmus Mundus
  • Sang-Hyun Kim, Hanyang University
  • Michael Kluth, Roskilde University

12:45 – 13:45

Working Lunch: New Programs Presentations

  • Mervat Abou Ouf, American University of Cairo
  • Sang-Hyun Kim, Hanyang University

13:45 – 15:15

Session 3: Online Collaboration

Chair: Leloy Claudio, Ateneo De Manila University

This panel looks at possibilities and prospects for collaborative, online, and distance learning/teaching program innovations for global studies instruction. Topics could include trends toward joint degree offerings, consortium modalities for student and researcher exchanges, distance learning models, instructional web interfaces, and remote classroom platforms. Participants could also discuss how GSC participants might collaborate in the generation of new instructional media content such as properly scripted and screen-written lectures covering topics across the vast field of Global Studies.


  • Praveen Singh, Ambedkar University-Delhi
  • John Kaag, University of Massachusetts-Lowell
  • Paul Battersby, RMIT University

Sunday 17 June

Optional Day Trip

09.00 – 17.00

For those able to stay on after the main events, on Sunday 17 June, we will be arranging a complimentary day trip outside Melbourne to to visit the Healesville Animal Sanctuary, followed by lunch and wine tasting at the Chandon and Yerring Station wineries in the Yarra Valley. We will be departing the Ibis Hotel at 9.00am and returning to the hotel at 5.00pm.

(Please confirm in advance with Anne McNevin if you would like to attend)


Accommodation for the conference will be at the Ibis Hotel, 15-21 Therry St Melbourne City. A taxi from the airport to the Ibis Hotel will cost around $60. Alternatively, you can take the very efficient skybus from the airport to the city ($17) and then the skybus hotel transfer service to the Ibis Hotel.


The contact for this event is Anne McNevin,