Post-Pandemic Global Studies in an Era of Neo-Nationalism (17 June 2021)

A Zoom Roundtable honoring Mark Juergensmeyer, with a tribute to Victor Faessel

Thursday, 17 June | 3:00-6:00 pm (PDT) | Zoom Link

Please join the Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies as we honor and pay tribute to the founding Director and Program Director of the Orfalea Center.


Mark Juergensmeyer is professor of global studies,professor of sociology, and affiliate professor of religious studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the founding director of the Global and International Studies Program and the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies. He is an expert on religious violence, conflict resolution and South Asian religion and politics.

Victor Faessel is Associate Director of the Mellichamp Initiative on 21st Century Global Dynamics and managing editor of the online global studies journal, global-e at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Previously he was founding Program Director of the Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies at UCSB (2006 to 2016) and he served as secretary of the Global Studies Consortium from its establishment in 2007 until 2019.


3:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Paul Orfalea (Audacious Foundation)
  • Charlie Hale (SAGE Sara Miller McCune Dean of Social Sciences, UCSB)
  • Paul Amar (Director, Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies, UCSB)

3:15 Roundtable I: Future Trends in the Field and its Applications to Current Crises

Is global studies prepared for global warming, new pandemics, the rejection of globalization and other crises of the future?

  • Saskia Sassen (Columbia University)
  • Richard Falk (Princeton University)
  • Matthias Middell (Leipzig University)

4:00 Roundtable II: Innovations in Teaching and Research Methods of Global Studies

Does global studies need its own distinct methods of teaching and research?

  • David Wank (Sophia University, Tokyo)
  • Paul James (University of Western Sydney)
  • Changgang Guo (Shanghai University)

4:45 Roundtable III: Global Studies and Neo-Nationalism

Is neo-nationalism global or is it a revolt against globalism?

  • Manfred Steger (University of Hawaii)
  • Praveen Singh (Ambedkar University, Delhi)
  • Jie-Hyun Lim (Sogang University, Korea)

5:30 Open Discussion

6:00 Closing Remarks and Tribute to Victor Faessel

Global Carceral States: Conference on Violence, Transgressions, and Technologies of Imprisonment (28-30 May 2021)

Friday – Sunday, 28 – 30 May | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm PDT

Registration Link

Youtube Live Streaming:

This conference is organized by the Transnationalizing the Study of the United States research cluster, a research arm of the Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies at UCSB. Registration is free.  All presentations will be translated into English, Arabic, and Spanish. 

We invite you to participate to reflect upon the current globalized carceral reality, and on imprisonment as one tactic of control, subjugation and dispossession. The conference presents an opportunity for scholars to contribute to our understanding of prisons, torture, violence, power, securitization and related issues. It also invites transnational engagement with the wide range of resistance tactics and transgressions that prisoners, worldwide, devise against state policies and incarcerating regimes.

Conference participants include:

  • Mohamedou Ould Salahi
  • Aida Seif el-Dawla
  • Corina Giacomello

More information here.

Trans/Queer Activism Across Borders. Experiences from India and Mexico (29 April 2021)

The Global Genders and Sexualities Thematic Research Cluster, a research arm of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, cordially invites you to the webinar Trans/Queer Activism Across Borders. Experiences from India and Mexico, on April 29, 2021, 11am – 12:15pm (Pacific Time).  

The webinar aims to hear from the life stories of activists in India and Mexico as a way to understanding the dynamic interplay between praxis and trans/queer theory. Specifically, the webinar aims to expand transgender studies and how global experiences and organizing in a transnational frame could contribute to broader sexuality and gender studies in the US, where activists’ work and knowledge are at the center of the table. Registration  is free, but is required to attend the webinar. The conference will take place in English.

Webinar Participants Include:

  • Anurag Maitreyee, Bengali Poet & Writer;
  • Ibrahim Carrillo, Comando Trans lnterseccional;
  • Kumam Davidson, The Chinky Homo Project;
  • Kenya Cuevas, Casa de las Muiiecas Tiresias; and
  • Raina Roy, Samabhabona

Collaborative interdisciplinary course design: a case study from Tokyo College (20 April 2021)

April 20th 2021: 17:00-18:30 (JST)

Simultaneous interpretation available (English-Japanese)

Tokyo College is a young institute at the University of Tokyo founded to address some of global society’s pressing issues through interdisciplinary research, international network building and public engagement. This talk presents the College’s efforts to collaboratively design and teach a bilingual interdisciplinary undergraduate seminar entitled “The Earth and Human Society in 2050” in the framework of the university’s liberal arts program. The presenters will share their experiences in the hope of starting a conversation about potential future collaborations in interdisciplinary teaching.

Shiori SHAKUTO is a Project Assistant Professor at Tokyo College. She is a social cultural anthropologist, and her research interests include gender, migration and environment. Prior to joining Tokyo College, she has taught a wide range of interdisciplinary courses including gender and development, ageing and technology and Japan Studies in Australia and Singapore.

Michael FACIUS is Associate Professor at Tokyo College. He studies Japanese and East Asian culture from the perspective of global history, the history of knowledge and the history of translation. He holds diplomas in college teaching and e-teaching and has taught and supervised in Japanese Studies, East Asian Studies, History, Global History, Transnational Studies and Chinese Health and Humanity at Freie Universität Berlin, University College London, the University of Tokyo and during ERASMUS lectureships at Leiden and Cambridge.

Marcin JARZEBSKI is a Project Assistant Professor at Tokyo College and a sustainability science and natural environmental science expert. He is doing research on ageing and shrinking societies globally, food security in Sub-Saharan Africa, climate change adaptation in Southeast Asia, community forest management in the Philippines, and working actively on collaborations aiming for a new design for future society. He had several occasions to teach in the field of environmental sustainability.

Registration can be found here: 

Simultaneous interpretation (English to Japanese) available

*Contact information*:

“Absolutely Interdisciplinary” conference on Human and Machine Normativity (17-18 June 2021)

This virtual conference caught my eye, for its theme and approach as well as its cool name. The conference

“will convene researchers from across disciplines to build new, interdisciplinary approaches to advance our understanding of how to meet the challenge of ensuring AI and other powerful technologies promote human well-being”

It has sessions on:

  • Social Organisms and Social AI
  • Cooperative Intelligence
  • Computational Ethics
  • Fairness in Machine Learning

See here for more information.

Lecture: Global Education for a Post-Pandemic World (31 March)

Speaker: Allison Witt, Teaching Associate Professor in Global Studies in Education and Program Leader for the International Education Administration and Leadership program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Date: 3/31/2021 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Central Standard Time

Rather than returning to pre-pandemic normal, Higher Education must reexamine strategies for internationalization. This discussion examines previous models of internationalization to consider how socially unjust neoliberalism has infected practices. In this moment, higher education must radically reimagine the practice and possibilities of internationalization for responding to the generation of students who know that they live in a deeply connected, unjust world and need strategies to live in it.


Sponsor: Center for Global Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Moscow Global Studies Conference 15-18 June 2021

On June 15-18, 2021 the Faculty of Global Studies, Lomonosov Moscow State University will hold the 7th International Scientific Conference “Topical Issues of Global Studies: Global Development and “Limits to Growth” in the 21st century”

The Conference will discuss topical issues of global studies and will provide the results of the work of the interdisciplinary scientific and educational school of Lomonosov Moscow State University “Mathematical methods of complex system analysis”. The Conference is dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the first human space flight, as well as to the memory of Arkady Dmitrievich Ursul – one of the first researchers of global problems and processes:
The main topics of the Conference are related to the scientific heritage of A.D. Ursul:

  • Philosophy of Space Exploration
  • Philosophy of Information
  • Social Informatics
  • Noosphere Studies
  • Evolutionary Globalistics
  • Educational Globalistics
  • Space Globalistics
  • Noosphere-oriented Theory of Sustainable Development
  • Global Development
  • Futurology, etc.

Due to the coronavirus infection pandemic (COVID-19), we, unfortunately, do not know when the borders of Russia will be open for all countries, thus, we suppose that our foreign participants can take part at the Conference online via Zoom. Stay safe and be healthy!

To participate in the Conference please submit an application form and abstracts by filling in the electronic form on the conference website.

The Capitol Insurrection in Global Perspective (Talk at U. Pittsburgh 26 Feb 2021)

Global Studies Center- University of Pittsburgh

Lecture: 26 February 2021 12 pm EST . To Join:

Many Americans, including most commentators in the mainstream media, have tried to make sense of the events of January 6, 2021, in terms of US racism, QAnon, and Trumpism – as a distinctly American phenomenon. Those are of course crucial parts of the story but treated in isolation from global processes, that story is incomplete and dangerously misleading. 

This panel will explore the urgency of situating the Capitol Insurrection in a broader historical and transnational framework highlighting the complex dynamics of empire and colonialism, global white supremacy, militarized and racialized policing, and neoliberal capitalism.