Global Studies Consortium Conference 2020

We are pleased to announce the first Global Studies Consortium Conference will be held at RMIT University on 16 - 17 June, 2020.

2031 - Looking Forward to a Less Troubled World

This two-day interdisciplinary global studies conference envisages the world beyond 2030, where the Sustainable Development Goals have been met, or are close to being realised or, alternatively, where collective inaction and indifference have left the world teetering on the brink. It is open to anyone with an interest in debating the shape of the future.

Contributions are invited for formal academic papers and panels as well as informal discussion forums that address the broad conference themes. Beyond opening new spaces for future-focussed and interdisciplinary conversations, this conference advances the essential work of defining future global priorities for humanity.

This conference is presented by the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University and Conference Convenor, Associate Professor Paul Battersby.

 

Keynote Speakers

TBC

Call for Abstracts, Panel Proposals & Papers open now.

Attend GSCC 2020

The 2020 Global Studies Consortium Conference will be held at

RMIT University, Storey Hall
Building 16, 336 - 348 Swanston St,
Melbourne VIC 3000

Access Storey Hall by public transport via Melbourne Central station and tram routes 1, 3, 5, 6, 16, 30, 35, 64, 67, and 72.

Chair - Paul Battersby (RMIT University)

Panayiota Romios (RMIT University)
June Kane (Kane International)
Aiden Warren (RMIT University)
Julian Lee (RMIT University)
Natassia Bell (Australian Consortium for In-Country Indonesian Studies)
Hasan Tawfique (Institute for Policy, Advocacy and Governance)
Stephen Alomes (RMIT University)
Pera Wells (Australian Council for Human Rights Education)

Matthias Middell (University of Leipzig)
Michael Goodhart (University of Pittsburgh)
Ceridwen Spark (RMIT University)
Ian Howie (RMIT University)
Joseph Siracusa (RMIT University)
Gabriel Garcia Ochoa (Monash University)
Susan Carland (Monash University)
Pablo Pareja Alcaraz (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
Antonio Luna Garcia (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
Rajesh Sharma (RMIT University)
Hariz Halilovic (RMIT University)
Erika Gonzalez Garcia (RMIT University)
Kerry Mullan (RMIT University)
Reina Ichii (RMIT University)
David Wank (Sophia University)
Jonathan Lewis (Hitotsubashi University)
Charles Hunt (RMIT University & United Nations University)
Georgina Heydon (RMIT University)

Call for Abstracts, Panel Proposals & Papers

Organised by an interdisciplinary committee, the Global Studies Consortium Conference is open to scholars, students and community members with an interest in debating the shape of the future. The conference will be held at and run by RMIT University from 16 - 17 June 2020.

The theme of our conference is 2031 - Looking Forward to a Less Troubled World.

The year 2030 is a compelling milestone in global governance. It is the deadline for the international community to achieve all seventeen UN Sustainable Development Goals. It is a distance marker and a near horizon made visible by trend analyses and strategy documents that assume we have the knowledge and the tools to make authoritative long-range forecasts. There are many risks that could render today’s long-term strategic foresights redundant. Technological innovations will continue to generate new commercial opportunities, change the ways the humans and human societies communicate and organise, and open new vectors for global social interaction and activism. Some more long-established industries and professions will reach their dénouement, to be replaced by new cottage industries or other forms of small-scale social and business enterprises. The danger is that social inequalities will remain entrenched. There is an urgent need to address many ‘old world’ concerns, especially issues of global human mobility and social inclusion in culturally and linguistically diverse societies. The resurgence of great power politics, the apparent stepping back from commitments to global free trade, and the persistence of anti and alter-globalist insurgencies, warrant the negotiation of a new basis for a just and peaceful global order sufficient to support efforts to create a sustainable future for us all.

This two-day interdisciplinary global studies conference envisages the world beyond 2030, where the Sustainable Development Goals have been met, or are close to being realised or, alternatively, where collective inaction and indifference have left the world teetering on the brink.

Contributions are invited for formal academic papers and panels as well as informal discussion forums that address the broad conference themes. Beyond opening new spaces for future-focussed and interdisciplinary conversations, this conference advances the essential work of defining future global priorities for humanity.

 

Key Themes

Submissions related to these themes are particularly welcome.

  • After the SDGs, what's next?
  • The future of development and humanitarian aid work
  • Migration, displacement and global political change
  • Global feminisms
  • Measuring peace
  • Conditions of peace
  • Social mobilisation, activism and new modes of connection
  • The 2030s in global historical perspective
  • Distributed humanitarianism
  • E-governance and participatory democracy
  • First nations in a world of strident nationalisms
  • Modelling global risks: techniques and shortcomings
  • Global energy futures
  • New and great powers and the risks of global fragmentation
  • Technologies of warfare and the ethics of arms control
  • The “end times of human rights”? Reimagining the normative foundations of global order
  • AI and the human condition
  • Intelligent cities and urban securities
  • Cities of surveillance
  • New environmental technologies
  • How to create an inclusive globe?
  • Language and education as pillars of global social inclusion Mobilising social enterprise and social finance for global sustainability
  • Are we entering a post-capitalist age?
  • The colonisation of outer space
  • After the SDGs, what's next?
  • The future of development and humanitarian aid work
  • Migration, displacement and global political change
  • Global feminisms
  • Measuring peace
  • Conditions of peace
  • Social mobilisation, activism and new modes of connection
  • The 2030s in global historical perspective
  • Distributed humanitarianism
  • E-governance and participatory democracy
  • First nations in a world of strident nationalisms
  • Modelling global risks: techniques and shortcomings
  • Global energy futures
  • New and great powers and the risks of global fragmentation
  • Technologies of warfare and the ethics of arms control
  • The “end times of human rights”? Reimagining the normative foundations of global order
  • AI and the human condition
  • Intelligent cities and urban securities
  • Cities of surveillance
  • New environmental technologies
  • How to create an inclusive globe?
  • Language and education as pillars of global social inclusion Mobilising social enterprise and social finance for global sustainability
  • Are we entering a post-capitalist age?
  • The colonisation of outer space

Submission Details

Submissions received via GlobalStudiesConference@rmit.edu.au

Paper and panel proposals should be no of more than 250 words. Abstract and proposal submissions require the following:

  • Title
  • Keywords
  • Names of Presenters/Panellists
  • Contact Email

Submission deadline dates listed below. Expect a one-week turnaround for all submissions.

Early acceptance: January 31, 2020

Timely acceptance: March 27, 2020

Late acceptance: May 15, 2020

 

Other Information

Venue includes AV, data projector, microphones, lectern and computers. Any supporting materials must be brought via USB.

 

Conference Proceedings

All presenters are invited to submit their full paper for peer review and publication in the online conference proceedings. The submission deadline for the proceedings is July 10, 2020. Selected presenters will be invited to develop their work for publication in one of a further two edited collections addressing specific conference themes through a major international scholarly publishing house.

Registration

Registration for the Global Studies Consortium Conference is available through Eventbrite.

Pricing

Please note that there are generally no refunds. If you are experiencing extenuating circumstances and require a refund, please email GlobalStudiesConference@rmit.edu.au. Refunds are judged on a case by case basis.

If you are attending both days of the conference, please choose the ticket option that combines both days in order to reduce booking fees.

Early bird rate - until February 14, 2020

Day One & Two: AUD$160.00

Day One: AUD$100.00

Day Two: AUD$100.00

Standard rate - until May 29, 2020

Day One & Two: AUD$200.00

Day One: AUD$120.00

Day Two: AUD$120.00

Late registration - June 15, 2020

Day One & Two: AUD$260.00

Day One: AUD$150.00

Day Two: AUD$150.00

Students

AUD$25.00 per day or AUD$50.00 for both, flat rate

Please note if purchasing a student ticket, you will be expected to verify with a valid Student ID on the day of attendance.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nations on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.

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