"Global Realities: Precarious Survival and Belonging"
The theme for The Asian Conference on Cultural Studies 2014 in Osaka was “Borderlands of becoming, belonging and sharing”. In his presentation, Conference Co-Chair Professor Baden Offord wrote “Gloria Anzaldua’s idea of the borderland has become a critical conceptual rubric used by cultural researchers as a way of understanding, explaining and articulating the in-determined, vague, ambiguous nature of everyday life and the cultural politics of border-knowledge, border crossings, transgression, living in-between and multiple belongings. Borderlands is also about a social space where people of diverse backgrounds and identities meet and share a space in which the politics of co-presence and co-existence are experienced and enacted in mundane ways.”
Now, at this second IAFOR Global Studies conference, we revisit that territory under the title “Global Realities: Precarious Survival and Belonging”. While retaining the ideas expressed by Professor Offord in 2014, this conference will turn its focus on to the precariousness of life across the world, life being understood in all its amplitude. Since 2014 we have witnessed the horror of the refugee crisis in Europe and how borders which should have been crossed have been blocked off by barbed wire fences. The whole context of borders, belonging and survival has shifted resulting in an increase in racism, radical nationalisms, terrorism, infringements of human rights, and rising poverty levels, to mention only a few of the globalised problems confronting our world. The result of such precarity, even of the planet itself, has led to a generalised sense of communal and individual vulnerability.
Raimond Gaita recently noted, “It is striking how often people now speak of ‘a common humanity’ in ethically inflected registers, or ethically resonant tones that express a fellowship of all the peoples of the earth, or sometimes the hope for such a fellowship.” Hopefully, this conference will discuss the ways and means by which a “common humanity” may be aspired to by future generations.
The organisers encourage submissions that approach the conference theme from a variety of perspectives. However, the submission of other topics for consideration is welcome and we also encourage sessions within and across a variety of interdisciplinary and theoretical perspectives.
This conference will be held in parallel to The IAFOR International Conference on the City 2017 (CITY2017). Registration for either of these conferences will allow participants to attend sessions in the other.
In conjunction with our Global Partners, including the University of Barcelona, we look forward to extending you a warm welcome in 2017.
Australasian Studies within Global Studies
The Centre Conferences originally organised by the interdisciplinary Australian Studies Centre at Barcelona University (CEA) have been incorporated into The IAFOR International Conference on Global Studies as an “Australasian Studies” sub-stream.
Centre Conferences have been held yearly for over a decade and have always focused on the need for the interdisciplinary, thereby incorporating non-Australian fields of study within each session. Centre Conferences are boutique conferences with only single sessions and plenary speakers over five days. All the panel sessions are by invitation only, without the option of a call for papers. More information on past CEA conferences and publications.
After signing a partnership agreement with The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) it was decided that the Australian Studies Conference would break into new territory as an “Australasian Studies” sub-stream at The IAFOR International Conference on Global Studies.
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