Globalization: An Agenda

It is now widely recognized that ours is a global age. One of the first to perceive and then describe this “happening” was the sociologist Martin Albrow, in his book with the title The Global Age.Since its appearance, in 1996 numerous studies have been published. Indeed, a critical bibliography would be a valuable tool, pointing to further research. This might be the opening project in carrying out an agenda that I am about to describe.[1]

In undertaking such a task, it would be well to establish what I will call regional globalization studies. Do these regional arrangements facilitate globalization? Work against it and in what ways? Examples immediately spring to mind. A major one, of course, is Globalization and China, perhaps the greatest challenge of our epoch. No less important is Globalization and Islam.[2] Of equal importance is the European situation, in which pulls toward a European and a Global identity may be in conflict. Other regional studies—the USA, Latin America, etc.–would also be subjects for further study.

I will now divide my proposed agenda into two parts. The first will focus on research projects, including those mentioned in the first two paragraphs, that appear promising. The second will concentrate on what I consider a most important offshoot from the globalization process itself—the concept of Humanity.

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Après Moi, le Déluge

I’m not saying, ‘After me, chaos,'” French President Nicolas Sarkozy told the newspaper Le Figaro with a wink in an interview published Friday, April 20, on the eve of the first-round election that saw him lose to Socialist Party leader François Hollande. But if Sarkozy was trying to make the indelicate point that, without him, the country is doomed if his looming electoral defeat in the May 6 runoff comes to pass, it’s not just France facing an uncertain future. It’s all of Europe. Critics like to paint the incumbent as “L’Omniprésident” and a “barbaric child,” but the repercussions from his all-but-certain electoral rebuke might be vastly larger than “Tsarkozy’s” critics take his ego to be.

Read Full Post at http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/04/24/apres_moi_le_deluge.

Ray Grew Speaks at College of Wooster

Ray Grew gave a talk on global history at the College of Wooster in February and offered advice on how they can incorporate global history into their interesting curriculum. This was part of a general review of their program that another outside historian and Grew undertook for them. Hopefully elements of global history will stick in the final product.

Jason Ralph Receives Economic and Social Research Council Funding

Jason Ralph has been awarded some funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (UK) to pursue his research project: “Law, War and the State of American Exception.”

The central question driving the proposed research is whether the post-9/11 exception has now become the norm in US security policy and what this means for English School (ES) understandings of war as an institution of international society. Two articles and a book on the subject are forthcoming from Global Society, Review of International Studies, and Edinburgh University Press, respectively.

"1989 in a Global Perspective" Conference

There is an upcoming conference entitled “1989 in a Global Perspective” which will be held at the University of Leipzig, Germany from October 14 to 16, 2009. “This conference is meant as a contribution not only to the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and revolutions in Eastern Europe in 1989, but also to the 600th anniversary of Leipzig University. Since Leipzig has a long established tradition in the discussion about problems of universal and global history we decided to focus on the global dimension and to gather scholars who have excelled in the study of dynamics and entanglements of world regions.”

The conference is being held in conjunction with the Global and European Studies Institute (GESI), the Centre for the History and Culture of East-Central Europe (GWZO), the European Network in Universal and Global History (ENIUGH) and the Graduate Centre for the Humanities and Social Sciences of the Research Academy Leipzig. It is sponsored by the Bundesstiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur and the University of Leipzig.

"Writing the History of the Global: Challenges for the 21st Century" Conference

From May 21 to 22 of 2009 there will be a conference hosted at the British Academy entitled “Writing the History of the Global: Challenges for the 21st Century.” The conference will feature a great lineup of thinkers.

According to the conference description: “Debates over ‘globalization’ and paradigms such as the ‘great divergence’ stimulated historians in many specialisms to think about the historical formation of these phenomena. Just how unique, how distinctive, is our current condition of an intense interlinking of economies and polities. We are now re-thinking our histories in relation to those of others in wider parts of the world.”