Three groundbreaking publications have been launched by the RMIT Globalism Research Centre.
About 200 guests recently joined the centre to celebrate the launch of The Sage Handbook of Globalization, The Global Studies Reader and the multi-volume anthology series, Central Currents in Globalization.
Edited by Professor Manfred Steger, Associate Professor Paul Battersby and Professor Joseph M. Siracusa, The Sage Handbook of Globalization explores a diverse array of subjects while cohering around core "global" concerns of narrative, praxis, space and place.
Speaking at the launch, Professor Battersby said the book empowered an important inter-disciplinary approach to the study of global issues.
"The Handbook reaches beyond the confines of international relations and political science to encompass sociology, anthropology, history, media and cultural studies, economics and governance, environmental sustainability, international law and criminal justice," he said.
"In this way, the Handbook seeks to distinguish global studies as the most equipped academic discipline with which to address the scope and pace of global change in the 21st century."
Also featured at the launch was The Global Studies Reader, by Professor Steger, Director of the Globalism Research Centre at RMIT.
The Global Studies Reader has carefully selected and edited some of the most influential pieces in the field over the last 35 years.
The "greatest hits" collection of writings shows how globalisation has evolved and how it serves as a backdrop to the current global economic crisis.
At 7000 pages, or 3.5 million words, Professor Paul James' landmark 16-volume series Central Currents in Globalization maps the bourgeoning field of globalisation studies across traditional disciplinary boundaries.
Situated across the fields of politics, economics, culture and violence, each anthology is edited by Professor James, former director of theRMIT Global Cities Research Institute, together with internationally-renowned experts from various fields.
Other editors read like a "who's who" of global studies, including Tom Nairn, Phillip Darby, Jonathan Friedman, RR Sharma, Barry Gills, Heikki Patomäki, Ronen Palan, Robert O'Brien, John Tulloch, Peter Mandaville, Imre Szeman, Nevzat Soguk, Paul van Seters, James Mittelman and RMIT's Professor Steger.
Speaking at the launch, Professor Steger described Central Currents in Globalization as an unparalleled resource on globalisation.
"Together the four sets provide broad coverage on the subject, articulating its historical depth and contemporary relevance. It is a truly remarkable achievement," he said.
Stretched across more than a century, the collection draws together some the best writings in global studies, from Grotius and Goethe to Appadurai, Abu-Lugod, Heidegger and Robertson.
Professor James, who is now Professor of Globalization and Cultural Diversity in the Institute for Culture and Society at the University of Western Sydney, said: "It is the only anthology in which you will find works from Karl Marx, Adam Smith, John Rawls, Mary Kaldor and Naomi Klein sitting along each other as major contributors."
Professor Paul James, Dr Damian Grenfell and Professor Manfred Steger. Photo: Hariz Halilovich.
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