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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

“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.

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