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: https://forms.gle/LU6LdESgZ12CdVzCA 

Simultaneous interpretation (English to Japanese) available

*Contact information*: gfd-tokyo@adm.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp

“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.

Register: https://illinois.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fM9yDz4eRnWVtp0N_Ex7AQ

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: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/92072279330

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.