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Eighth Global Studies Conference: Social Sciences Community

Call For Papers
Monday, July 20, 2015
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
London, UK
Conference Date: 
Monday, July 20, 2015
Submission Deadline: 
Tue, 01/20/2015
Location Information: 
London, UK
The International Advisory Board is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Eighth Global Studies Conference. The Global Studies Conference will be held from 20-21 July 2015 at Imperial College London in London, UK.

Conference Themes

Proposals for paper presentations, workshops, poster presentations, or colloquia are invited that discuss the broader themes listed below. In addition to the special focus, paper presentations will be grouped into one of the following categories for presentation at the conference:

  • Economy and Trade
  • Politics, Power and Institutions
  • Society and Culture
  • Resources and Environment
  • Special Focus: Power and Participation in the Age of Globalized Information Webs and Big Data

The current review period closing date for the latest round of submissions to the Call for Papers (a title and short abstract) is 20 January 2015*

If you are unable to attend the conference, you may still join the community and submit your article for peer review and possible publication, upload an online presentation, and enjoy subscriber access to The Global Studies Journal.

*Proposals are reviewed in rounds adhering to monthly deadlines. Check the website often to see the current review round. 

2015 Special Focus

In addition to the annual themes, the conference will address the special focus–Power and Participation in the Age of Globalized Information Webs and Big Data– through keynote speakers, garden sessions, workshops, and parallel sessions.

In The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business, Executive Chairman of Google Eric Schmidt and Director of Google Ideas Jared Cohen present a bold vision for the digital age. At the heart of their vision is the project of "full connectivity" (Schmidt 2013 p. 34). For Schmidt and Cohen, the project of "full connectivity" engenders the promise of more efficient markets, increased productivity, and useful tools for enlarged democratic action. Within this context, Schmidt and Cohen claim that the Internet is a historically specific social, political, and economic phenomenon. The Internet, they argue, "could ultimately be seen as the realization of the classic international relations theory of an anarchic, leaderless world" (Schmidt 2013 p. 83). The special focus of the 2015 Global Studies Conference centers on their claim and presents the following questions: how do we make sense of this "leaderless world?” What can the digital age and its communication technologies teach us about the future of order in global life?