CFP: Globalization and Its Critics in the 21st Century

Submission deadline: January 15, 2018

Conference date(s):
May 11, 2018 - May 12, 2018

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Conference Venue:

Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada

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The Graduate Associates at U of T’s Centre for Ethics are soliciting papers for their 6th annual graduate student conference, the theme of which is “Globalization and its Critics in the 21st Century.” We will use this opportunity to examine the categories and concepts that different disciplines have used to understand, defend, or critique globalization and its critics. We hope to interrogate the usefulness and ethical implications of these frameworks for thinking about contemporary developments. How have different disciplines conceptualized globalization? How have recent social and political changes and movements affected the way we talk and think about globalization? What are the ethical dimensions of these changes? What are the ethical and theoretical stakes of the study of globalization in the 21st century, both within and beyond the university?

The Graduate Associates invite participants to present their work in an interdisciplinary environment that takes a deliberately broad approach to ethics. We welcome submissions from a variety of fields, including, but not limited to, political theory, political science, philosophy, literature, law, sociology, economics, religious studies, and history. This two-day event will invite faculty discussants to participate and comment on presenters’ work; it will also feature a public keynote address by Professor Bernard Yack, author of Nationalism and the Moral Psychology of Community.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Nationalism, Populism, and the New Right
  • The Global vs. the Local in the History of Political, Philosophic, and Religious thought
  • Cosmopolitanism
  • Economic Globalization
  • Global/World Literatures
  • Anti-Globalization Movements and Rhetoric
  • Globalization in/and the Media
  • Quantitative Studies of Globalization
  • Colonialism and Postcolonialism
  • Globalization and the Post-secular

Deadline for Submissions: January 15, 2018

Interested participants should send an abstract of their paper, not exceeding 300 words, to with the subject line ‘Graduate Conference Proposal 2018’. Submissions must be prepared for blind review. In your email, please include your name, abstract title, and institutional affiliation. We can only accept one submission per author. Presentations should take the form of 15-20 minute conference-style papers. Some travel funds may be available (amount and availability TBD). Successful applicants will be contacted by February 1, 2018.

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