The IAFOR International Conference on Global Studies

The IAFOR International Conference on Global Studies

The Financial Times lexicon offers a definition of globalisation as “the integration of economies, industries, markets, cultures and policy-making around the world”. The global inevitably affects the local and has not lead to the integration of culture as witnessed in ongoing cultural struggles around the world and massive movements of people fleeing war, persecution, and extreme poverty. As globalised as the world may be in economic terms, and let us not forget the impact of economic globalisation on developing nations and the environment, cultural and individual freedom as well as human rights are consistently under attack as a result of aggressive political interventions.

It is at the crossroads of thinking about crossing sites of cultural, critical, political intervention that we can begin to unravel the intricate way in which society works, how crossing borders internationally, interculturally and becoming globally and locally interdisciplinary is fundamental in the work we do as academics, researchers, writers thinkers and proactive individuals within our own societies.

Barcelona is one of the most exciting cosmopolitan hubs in the Mediterranean and indeed in Europe. Well known for its architecture, from the Roman to the Contemporary, as well as its food and culture, Barcelona has a long history in hosting major international conferences in all areas of study and work. Barcelona is the place to be for Global Studies. In recent decades it has become a multicultural, multilingual city and is a major attraction for tourists and business people. It is here that one can discuss “the global” with ease in a city which has, over the centuries, established trade routes with the Far East and around the Mediterranean as well as with Europe and Latin America. Its inhabitants are of diverse origins, making the city an ideal location for discussions of both the local and the global in a space which is unique and which has fostered the humanities and sciences in its historical development as a global hub.

The IAFOR International Conference on Global Studies is an exciting addition to our global conference calendar. It places the international, intercultural and interdisciplinary tenets of The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) at the very heart of multiple academic approaches to Global Studies.

During this international academic forum we hope to engage everybody in finding new avenues for research, collaboration across frontiers including the academic, and a vibrant exchange of ideas.

This conference is held in parallel to The IAFOR International Conference on the City (CITY). Registration for either of these conferences will allow participants to attend sessions in the other.

Australasian Studies within Global Studies

The interdisciplinary conferences organised by the interdisciplinary Australian Studies Centre at the University of Barcelona (CEA) were incorporated into The IAFOR International Conference on Global Studies as an Australasian Studies sub-stream in 2016.

The Australian Studies Centre is totally interdisciplinary in its structure and activities, with the term "Australian Studies Centre" being used in the widest possible sense. The Centre welcomes collaboration with researchers, students and academics in Australia in any field, as well as with researchers in the field of Australian Studies from around the world.

The Australian Studies Centre conferences have been held yearly for over a decade and have always stressed the need for a focus on the interdisciplinary, incorporating non-Australian fields of study within each session. These events are boutique conferences held over five days and are limited to single sessions and plenary speakers. All the panel sessions are by invitation only, without the option of submitting to a call for papers.

Every year the Centre hosts The Doireann MacDermott Lecture in honour of Professor Doireann MacDermott. Professor MacDermott founded the English Department at the University of Barcelona and was the first person outside England to introduce what was then known as Commonwealth Studies, today called Postcolonial Studies. In addition to The Doireann MacDermott Lecture, the Centre hosts The Kathleen Firth Lecture in honour of Dr Kathleen Firth, who took over postcolonial studies in the English Department at the University of Barcelona when Professor Doireann MacDermott retired. She is renowned as an international scholar in the field and has worked in many areas, with an emphasis on the Caribbean and India. She led the postcolonial team tirelessly and enthusiastically, and is still an active member of the teaching and research team. The University of Barcelona hopes that, like the Doireann MacDermott Lecture, the Kathleen Firth Lecture will become an established tradition and one of the hallmarks of the Centre.

Australian Studies Centre conferences are supported by the Australia Spain Business Association, Freixenet and Nufarm.

More information on past CEA conferences and publications.

About IAFOR’s Cultural & Area Studies Conferences

IAFOR’s programme in cultural and area studies is highly developed, with some of the world’s leading academic institutions coming together to celebrate the international, intercultural and interdisciplinary.

IAFOR’s conferences in cultural and area studies are both academically rigorous and intellectually stimulating, and are organised in partnership with universities such as the University of Barcelona, Spain; Moscow State University in Russia; Birkbeck, University of London; Lehigh University and Northwestern, USA; University of Indonesia; Waseda University and the University of Tokyo, as well as such groups as the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia. In addition, we offer a rich cultural programme that takes advantage of the location, whether in Kobe, Tokyo, Brighton, Dubai, Honolulu or Barcelona, and we encourage the exploration of local arts, gastronomy, history and architecture.

IAFOR actively supports culture and the arts, namely by running internationally recognised awards for both documentary photography and photojournalism (IAFOR Documentary Photography Award) and documentary filmmaking (IAFOR Documentary Film Award), which are supported by leading institutions and organisations, including World Press Photo, MediaStorm, Think Tank Photo, Metro Imaging, University of the Arts London, RMIT and Medill School of Journalism, as well as the prestigious IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award, which is supported by the Haiku International Association, the World Haiku Association and The Haiku Foundation.

As well as providing excellent opportunities for meeting and interacting with some of the biggest names in the fields of cultural and area studies, IAFOR conferences create an intellectually challenging yet friendly environment for the presentation and nurturing of new ideas, which is encouraging of the research synergies that drive new developments, and create new knowledge. We look forward to your very active participation.

Previous Speakers

The following speakers, among others, have presented their research at IAFOR's conferences on cultural and area studies.

Dr Angela Wong Wai Ching, Professor of Gender Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong; Professor Yvonne Jewkes, leading criminologist from the University of Leicester, UK; mobile technologies expert Professor Gerard Goggin, Chair of the Media and Communications department at the University of Sydney, Australia; Dr A. Robert Lee, author, critic and broadcaster; Professor Baden Offord, Handa Chair of Human Rights Education at Curtin University, Australia, sits on a panel with Professor Donald E. Hall, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Lehigh University, USA; Dr Koichi Iwabuchi, Professor of Media Studies and Cultural Studies and Director of the Monash Asia Institute, Monash University, Australia; Professor Bill Ashcroft, renowned critic and theorist, founding exponent of post-colonial theory, and co-author of The Empire Writes Back; Professor Svetlana Ter-Minasova, Founding Dean and current President of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Area Studies at Moscow State University, Russia; Professor Hsiao-Chuan Hsia, Taiwanese gender rights activist; eminent literary and cultural critic Professor Regenia Gagnier, University of Exeter, UK; Hong Kong activist, lawyer and academic Professor John Erni.

Other IAFOR Cultural & Area Studies Conferences

Ways to Get Involved

IAFOR depends on the assistance of a large number of international academics and practitioners who contribute in a variety of ways to our shared mission of promoting international exchange, facilitating intercultural awareness, encouraging interdisciplinary discussion and generating and sharing new knowledge. We are grateful for the time, effort and expertise donated by all our volunteer contributors.

Here are some of the ways you can get involved:

IAFOR Membership

IAFOR membership provides an exceptional opportunity to be a part of a leading global academic organisation, network and platform that is committed to nurturing the very best in interdisciplinary research in the global public interest. Membership is open to all scholars, professionals and policymakers, researchers, or those with a strong professional interest in education.


With thousands of abstracts submitted each year for presentation at our conferences, IAFOR relies on academics around the world to ensure a fair and timely peer review process in keeping with established international norms of double-blind peer review. Our peer review process, which involves both reciprocal review and the use of Review Committees, is overseen by conference Organising Committee members under the guidance of the Academic Governing Board.

If you hold a PhD or another terminal degree in your field, are a current or former faculty member and have previous peer review experience, we encourage you to join the GLOBAL Review Committee. To apply, please send your CV to [email protected].


IAFOR publishes six online, Open Access, editorially independent journals across a variety of disciplines, which are associated with IAFOR’s conferences. IAFOR journals are edited by academics who are experts in their fields, and journal submissions are evaluated by Editorial Board members and peer reviewers across the globe who have the relevant qualifications and expertise.



Publish your research in one of IAFOR’s Open Access, editorially independent journals. Articles may be submitted via open calls for papers. Authors publishing with IAFOR are not required to pay submission or publication fees of any kind, and IAFOR journals are available to a global readership online, completely free of charge and without delay or embargo.

Conference Proceedings

If your abstract has been accepted, and you presented the work at GLOBAL (including Virtual Presentations), you are encouraged to submit a full paper via the online submission system for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings, which will be made available online. For further details of how to submit your paper, please view the Final Paper Submission page. IAFOR Conference Proceedings are Open Access research repositories that act as permanent records of the research generated by IAFOR conferences. Please note that works published in the Conference Proceedings cannot be considered for publication in IAFOR journals.


THINK, The Academic Platform, is IAFOR’s online magazine, publishing the latest in interdisciplinary research and ideas from some of the world’s foremost academics, many of whom have presented at IAFOR conferences. Content is varied in both subject and form, with everything from in-depth articles to shorter opinion pieces, interviews, film and photography.

THINK gives academics the opportunity to step outside of the traditional research publishing status quo – to get creative, explore different disciplines and to have their ideas heard, shared and discussed by a global academic audience.

To write for THINK, please view the Submit page on the THINK website and then send your article proposal to [email protected].


Are you a student? Would you like to meet delegates and academics who are experts in their fields, practice your communication skills and experience a truly international academic event? The IAFOR Volunteer Programme offers opportunities for students to assist at IAFOR conferences such as GLOBAL, involving responsibilities such as greeting participants, helping with registration and guiding participants to presentation rooms. To find out more about volunteering at an IAFOR event, please visit the IAFOR Volunteer Programme page.

If you have any questions, or if you would like to suggest additional ways in which you could contribute to IAFOR’s interdisciplinary activities, please feel free to email [email protected].