CFP: Geopolitics and Glocalism

Submission deadline: January 31, 2020

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“Glocalism”, a peer-reviewed, open-access and cross-disciplinary journal, is currently accepting manuscripts

for publication. We welcome studies in any field, with or without comparative approach, that address both

practical effects and theoretical import.

All articles should be sent to:

Articles can be in any language and length chosen by the author, while its abstract and keywords have to be in


Deadline: January 31, 2020. This issue is scheduled to appear at end-March 2020.


Direction Committee: Arjun Appadurai (New York University); Daniele Archibugi (Birkbeck University of

London); Seyla Benhabib (Yale University); Sabino Cassese (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa); Manuel

Castells (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona); Fred Dallmayr (University of Notre Dame); Anthony

Giddens (London School of Economics and Political Science); Sheila Jasanoff (Harvard University); Alberto

Martinelli (Università degli Studi di Milano); Anthony McGrew (La Trobe University, Melbourne); Alberto

Quadrio Curzio (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano); Roland Robertson (University of Aberdeen);

Saskia Sassen (Columbia University); Amartya Sen (Harvard University); Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

(Columbia University); Salvatore Veca (Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori di Pavia).

the topic of this issue


Already in Land und Meer, Carl Schmitt set out the hypothesis where contemporaneity itself produces a

second “spatial revolution” after the one marked by the conquest of the oceans between the 16th and 17th

centuries. The introduction of the air element into the modern contraposition between land and sea would

provoke a geopolitical as well as existential shift. Land is, in fact, the only surface on where it is possible to

draw and defend a clearly defined border and thus is the only place by definition where territory can

transform itself into a meaningful social and political community.

Local, interregional and trans-border socioeconomic mobility, communication technologies, global

markets, new technologies and the “cyber” dimension, all impose a continental dimension to some processes

of government in such a way that augments the porosity of territorial confines which in turn become

increasingly more fluid in the same way as the identities crossing them.

Looking at globalization from an exclusively global perspective can nurture the feeling of

“disorientation” in the face of the porosity of borders and the remodulation of the relationship between

inclusion and exclusion within modern sovereignty. It is not by chance that the so-called “sovereignist”

political forces around the world are claiming the power of decision against supra-state entities and, more

generally, are in opposition to every form of power external to national borders (and thus able to plunge the

Westphalian triad of political power, population and territory into a state of crisis), while the rhetoric of

populist voices from both the left and right crash against those who represent the “global élite”.

The geopolitical outlook further complicates the scene by way of its point of view which focusses on the

concept of “strategic interest”. What is the strategic interest of a country or a population and how does it

change in the face the interdependence between states in the world order as we know it today? How is the

geopolitical outlook and supra-state structuring of the world order organized between them? What

relationship is there between the first and the crisis being felt by the second? Can we possibly find a synthesis

of the conflict between land, sea and air? A glocal perspective could help in responding to these and other


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