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Workshop with Anna Tsing – May 28, 2018 – Bruges

The Crab at the End of the World?

On Invasive Species, Salvage Economies and the Arts of Living on a         Damaged Planet

Workshop with Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, University of California – Santa Cruz

Organised by the Bruges Triennial and the Ghent Centre for Global Studies in collaboration with Rotor, on May 28, from 2 to 5 pm, at the Poortersloge, Academiestraat 14, 8000 Bruges. Read more

Global Studies Research Seminar – Spring 2018

Engaging with the World: Global Studies and Social Impact

Global Studies Research Seminar – Spring 2018

The Global Studies Research Seminar provides doctoral students (and advanced Master students as well as postdoctoral researchers) whose research is situated in, or related to, the field of Global Studies in‐depth and advanced training in contemporary critical Global Studies, and theory and methodology in related fields, such as Postcolonial and Subaltern Studies, International Studies, EU Studies, Area Studies, Conflict Studies, etc., next to general scholarly skills such as reading, writing, discussing and presenting.

This year the Ghent Centre for Global Studies aims to build upon the topicality of the last year’s  seminar series on Globalisation and Crisis, by addressing the key issue of the societal valorisation of Global Studies research to address global societal challenges. In keeping with the partial reorientation of the Centre for Global Studies towards a greater emphasis on social impact, we wish to organize knowledge exchange sessions on outreach and interactions with non-academic professionals and stakeholders (policy-makers, civil society, the arts and the general public), to provide our PhD students with insights and tools that can help them increase their social impact.

As such this year’s Global Studies Research Seminar will be on offer as a transferable skills course of the Doctoral School Arts, Humanities and Law of Ghent University. The course is open to PhD students from other faculties and universities as well, and motivated Master students and postdocs interested in global studies and social impact, are also most welcome to join.

Both internationally and at Ghent University impact and valorization of academic research are becoming increasingly important. Moreover, due to the kind of critical and reflexive research they conduct, Global Studies PhD students are often highly committed to reciprocity towards the social groups and communities they study, and strongly motivated to contribute to social change, beyond academia. Yet, systematic training on policy influence, co-creation, (social) media and outreach, geared towards the interdisciplinary field of Global Studies research, is still lacking – a gap we wish to start to fill during this year’s Global Studies Research Seminar.

We will critically discuss the different concepts – impact, valorisation, outreach, public engagement, dissemination, knowledge transfer/exchange, etc. – and their relevance in the political economy of academia. We will debate public engagement of academics and the societal role of universities in general, and of Global Studies researchers in particular. Interdisciplinarity – a core feature of Global Studies – is often put forward as a prerequisite for meaningful social impact. We will discuss the enabling and disabling factors for interdisciplinary collaboration, both within Social Sciences and Humanities, and with natural/STEMM sciences, as well as the arts, in keeping with recent ground-breaking innovative research in Global Studies (e.g. on the Anthropocene cf. Jason Moore, guest speaker in the Global Studies Research Seminar of 2016 and Anna Tsing, keynote lecturer at the Global Studies Research Day in 2016 at Ghent University). In more hands-on training sessions we will subsequently discuss the promises and pitfalls of policy influence, artistic collaborations, (social) media, and co-creation with civil society.


6 sessions – from February to May – Thursdays from 2 to 5 pm (except May 2 – Wednesday)

Introductory session – February 15

Practical arrangements & assignments; introduction to Global Studies and Social Impact

Key words: political economy of academia, interdisciplinarity, global societal challenges, outreach, methods and ethics of global studies research, outreach, participatory research methodology, public engagement and engaged scholarship


  • Julie Carlier (coordinator of the Ghent Centre for Global Studies)
  • ​Sami Zemni (Middle East and North Africa Research Group)

Global Studies in Parliament – the promises and pitfalls of policy influence – March 1

Key words: processes of political agenda-setting and policy-making, politics of knowledge transfer and exchange, short-term and long-term influence, conditions, strategies and capacities for policy-influencing


Global Studies on Stage – artistic expressions and collaborations – March 22

Key words: collaborations in performance and visual arts, cartoons, theatre, (film) festivals etc.


#Global Studies – old and new (social) media – April 19

Key words: visual anthropology / ethnography, documentary film-making, (social) media


Global Studies and civil society – participatory (action) research methods – Wednesday (!) May 2

Key words: collaborations with civil society and (local) communities, cross-sectoral cooperation and research (design), participatory research, action research


  • Andrea Cornwall (School of Global Studies, University of Sussex) – cancelled
  • Pascal Debruyne (Middle East and North Africa Research Group, UGent)

Closing session – May 24

Students present their own proposal for social impact of their research (impact plan / pathway to impact) and develop one of the 4 methods / channels of the thematic seminars:

  • policy brief
  • artistic expression
  • (social) media strategy
  • co-creation plan

Keynote lecture by Geert De Neve – November 16, 2017

After Rana Plaza

Rethinking the Health and Safety of Global Garment Workers

Since the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Dhaka in 2013 and a series of factory fires across South Asia, the global dynamics of outsourcing and subcontracting have come under renewed scrutiny by academics, activists, policy makers and governments alike. Focusing on the ‘health and safety’ of garments workers in South Asia, the lecture reviews recent interdisciplinary research on the well-being of workers producing garments for global markets. Read more

Public Lecture Series 2017

Globalisation and Crisis

Border fence on rolling hills

The interdisciplinary Ghent Centre for Global Studies at Ghent University has the honour of inviting you to its annual public lecture series, from February to May 2017. This year’s theme is Globalisation and Crisis. Crisis is omnipresent in our contemporary globalised world: from the financial crisis to the environmental crisis, from the refugee crisis to political crisis. The GCGS has invited international experts to offer critical and cutting-edge analyses of these different (discourses of) crisis from an interdisciplinary perspective. Read more

Call for applications – EMGS 2017-2018

Erasmus Mundus Master Global Studies: A European Perspective

The 2017 application round for the Master programme Global Studies – A European Perspective and the Erasmus Mundus grant will open February 1st, 2017 and therefore we herewith would like to encourage all suitable candidates to apply for the programme.

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GCGS edited volume

De hermaakbare wereld? Essays over globalisering

Remaking the world? Essays on Globalisation – New edited volume in Dutch

The Ghent Centre for Global Studies is proud to announce the publication of the peer-reviewed edited volume De hermaakbare wereld? Essays over globalisering (Remaking the world? Essays on globalisation). This collection of essays by the research groups of the Ghent Centre for Global Studies wants to contribute to the societal debate on globalisation, making ongoing Global Studies research at the GCGS accessible to a wider (non-academic) audience in (Dutch-speaking) Belgium and the Netherlands. Read more