'Globalization Matters: Theory and Practice in the Time of Trump' Master Class

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A Master Class for PhD students and other researchers

  • 5-7 September, 2018
  • Western Sydney University, Parramatta campus, Sydney, Australia
  • Delivered by Professor Paul James (Western Sydney University) and Professor Manfred Steger (University of Hawai’i)

Master Class Overview

How can we best understand globalization today?

What are the contemporary consequences of globalization during a time of right-wing populism?

How does having a global perspective enhance our research into different local and regional phenomena?

The ‘Globalization Matters’ Master Class offers PhD students and other interested researchers the opportunity to explore these questions with Professors Manfred Steger (University of Hawai’i) and Paul James (Western Sydney University), two of the most innovative writers on globalization today.

During the Roaring Nineties, globalization—both the process and the idea—bestrode the world. Everybody was talking about it. Widely hailed as the ‘most important phenomenon of our time’, ‘globalization’ became one of those rare concepts that have taken the entire world by storm. Now, the concept and the practice is everywhere, but strangely less understood than ever. This Master Class will both cover the full range of approaches to globalization and offer researchers the opportunity of exploring how their own work could benefit from a global studies perspective.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be mentored to achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • To understand the short and inglorious history of writers using the concept of 'globalization'.
  • To unravel the complexity of the different kinds of globalization.
  • To appreciate how an engaged theory of globalization is relevant to their own work.
  • To make sense of the relationship between the local and the global.
  • To apprehend the meaning of a global process that has seen the rise of Donald Trump and number of other right-wing populist leaders around the world.

Master Class Convenors

The Master Class will be run by Professor Paul James (Western Sydney University) and Professor Manfred Steger (University of Hawai’i).

Portrait photo of Professor Paul JamesPaul James is a Professor of Globalisation and Cultural Diversity at Western Sydney University, and has been the Director of the Institute for Culture and Society since 2014. He is a social theorist and writes on topics related to globalisation, sustainability, social change and the human condition. Paul James has been an editor and author of roughly thirty books, most importantly he brought out a 16 volume series called ‘Central Currents in Globalization’, which maps all the older disciplnes in the social sciences and humanities. He is the Research Director for the international organisation Global Reconcilliation.

He is editor of Arena Journal, as well as an editor/board-member of nine other international journals, including Globalizations and Global Governance. He completed his PhD, 1991, Ashworth Social Theory Centre, Department of History and Philosophy Science, University of Melbourne, and his BA (Hons), 1981, Department of Political Science, University of Melbourne.

Manfred_Steger_UHM_2011_IManfred B. Steger is Professor of Sociology at the University of Hawai’i-Manoa and Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Culture and Society, Western Sydney University. He has served as an academic consultant on globalization for the US State Department.

He is the author or editor of twenty-five books on globalization, social and political theory, and nonviolence, including: The Rise of the Global Imaginary: Political Ideologies from the French Revolution to the Global War on Terror (Oxford University Press, 2008), Justice Globalism: Ideology, Crises, Policy (Sage, 2013), and What Is Global Studies? Theory & Practice (Routledge, 2017).

Fees and Accommodation

The Early Bird fee for the three day Master Class is $500 (AUD). Early Bird registration ends on 30 June, 2018. After that, the Full Rate will be $600 (AUD).The fee covers coffee and tea on arrival (three days); lunch (two days); and afternoon coffee and tea (two days).

All participants will be responsible for arranging and paying for their own travel and accommodation, as well as for arranging visas if required. There is a range of affordable accommodation options, both on and close to the Parramatta City and South campuses. Specific information on registration and accommodation options will be provided to successful applicants later in the process.

How to Apply

We are seeking Expressions of Interest from PhD candidates and other researchers for participation in the Master Class. You can submit your Expression of Interest via this Google Form (opens in a new window). You will be notified in June of the result of your application.

For more details about any aspects of the Master Class, please contact Professor Paul James: paul.james@westernsydney.edu.au (opens in a new window).

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