The European Association for Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) has published the essay “Justice not aid for the Global South” on its blog Debating Development Research. The blogpost was authored by Koen Bogaert, Marlies Casier, Brecht De Smet and Bernard Mazijn, of the Department of Conflict and Development Studies of Ghent University, and Dorien Van den Boer, coordinator of the international Governance in Conflict Network, and Julie Carlier, coordinator of the Ghent Centre for Global Studies. The blogpost is part of a broader debate on “Thinking post-development.” Check out the other contributions on the GiC network blog. The original extended Dutch version of the essay was published on MO*Magazine.
The participation of indigenous peoples in the United Nations political process on climate change
Indigenous peoples from different parts of the world participate in multi-scalar processes that shape changes in public policy concerning global commons, such as the atmosphere and oceans. They have managed to deepen the recognition of collective rights and generate new political and legal instruments. How do they work to achieve this? What is the impact of their action? What does it teach us about contemporary politics?
Deborah Delgado Pugley is Professor and Researcher of Sociology at PUCP (Peru). Her research focuses on global environmental politics, sustainable development policies and environmental issues at the community level. Recent projects include the impact assessment of oil spills in amazonian communities and local universities involvement in climate policies. She is interested in indigenous social movements, human and environmental rights, natural resources management, climate change policies related to forests (REDD) and development. She holds a PhD in Development Studies and Sociology at the Université Catholique de Louvain and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales of Paris. She is currently a visiting researcher with the Governance in Conflict Network at the department of Conflict and Development in Ghent.
Critical Global Studies and the Peacekeeping Operations of the United Nations.
Capturing the Global with a Multilateral Frontier Framework.
Martin Ottovay Jorgensen is a post-doc researcher and lecturer at the Institut for Kultur og Globale Studier, Aalborg University, Denmark, and affiliated to the CCC research group, member of the Ghent Centre for Global Studies. Read more
On June 24th and 25th, 2015, the CCC research group, as member of the Ghent Centre for Global Studies, co-organized an international conference on “Social Struggles for Land in Latin America: An Historical, Comparative and Global Perspective”, together with the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (Peru) and the Red Muqui – Proposal and Action Network (Peru), at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, in the city of Lima. The conference aimed to create a more profound dialogue between researchers, institutions, social organizations and rural communities, between historical and contemporary perspectives, and between comparative (cases of different countries) and global views, on change and continuity in rural Latin America.
The contributions to the conference are now brought together in a new publication, co-edited by the Ghent Centre for Global Studies:
Cottyn, Hanne, Jahncke, Javier, Montoya, Luis, Pérez, Ela, and Mattes Tempelmann (eds.) (2016). Las luchas sociales por la tierra en América Latina: Un análisis histórico, comparativo y global. Conference proceedings. Lima: Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos.
Download the full text here.
FRONTIERS OF GLOBALISATION
The interdisciplinary Ghent Centre for Global Studies at Ghent University has the honour of inviting you to the public lecture series on Frontiers of Globalisation, in which leading international scholars from different disciplines will offer critical perspectives on the dynamics of people, place and power in today’s globalizing world. Resource extraction, migration, urbanization and commodification are explored as essential frontier processes in shaping that world. The lectures engage with contemporary debates on the rush on resources, the refugee ‘crisis’, urban conflict, and ecological crisis.
- Wednesday February 24, 14h00-15h30: Professor Michael Eilenberg (Aarhus University) on Resource Extraction and Sovereignty in Asia.
- Wednesday April 20, 14h00-15h30: Professor Ahmed Kanna (University of the Pacific) on Urban Counterinsurgency.
- Monday May 2, 14h00-15h30: Professor Jason Moore (Binghamton University) on Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital.
- Rescheduled: Thursday May 26, 12h30-14h00: Professor Charles Watters (University of Sussex) on Refugees in Contemporary Europe.
Critical Global Studies – Frontiers of Globalisation: an inter-/transdisciplinary approach
The Research Seminar of the Ghent Centre for Global Studies is on offer as a specialist course of the Doctoral Schools of Ghent University. The Global Studies Research Seminar provides doctoral students 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.
The programme for spring 2016 is developed around the concepts of “frontier” and “frontier zones” in Global Studies. Across disciplinary lines, the “frontier” concept enables Global Studies scholars to link the local and the global, not by starting at the global level, but by departing from the frontier process itself. The programme integrates interdisciplinary approaches and will be taught by professors of the Ghent Centre for Global Studies, in tandem with international guest lecturers from different areas of Global Studies research.
To register, go to zephyr.ugent.be and login with CAS (for UGhent students and staff) or as a free user. Select “inschrijven op cursussen”, search for the course “Global Studies Research Seminar” (course code X000363) and register.
This course is equivalent to 3 ECTS credits (for Master students and students from outside Ghent University).
To complete your registration, please send us a short CV (2 pages) and motivation (max. 250 words) to Hanne.Cottyn@UGent.be.
The deadline for registration is February 5.
Time and location
All sessions are organized on Tuesday afternoon, 14h-17h.
Facultaire Vergaderzaal Decaan John Vincke
Faculty of Political and Social Sciences
Korte Meer 5 (1st floor), 9000 Gent
Format and requirements
Each seminar session will discuss a concrete application of the frontier concept on a specific research topic of common interest in the Ghent Centre of Global Studies. Each session will be composed of two parts: a) introductory lecturers by the GCGS professor and the international guest speaker in which the required reading is introduced, followed by Q&A, and b) group discussions based on the required reading and moderated by a GCGS professor.
All students are expected to participate actively during the discussions in all five seminars. (If motivated, absence in a 2 seminars will be allowed; however papers remain compulsory).
Readings and announcements will be available on Zephyr.
Introductory session. Tuesday 16/2/2016, 14h-17h.
1. Frontiers of Land Control. Tuesday 23/2/2016, 14h-17h.
RESCHEDULED! 2. Flight and Frontier. Wednesday 25/5/2016, 15h-18h. Academieraadzaal Law Faculty (Voldersstraat 3)
3. Cities as Frontier Zones. Tuesday 19/4/2016, 14h-17h.
4. Commodity Frontiers. Tuesday 3/5/2016, 14h-17h.
5. At the Frontiers of the Market: Global Trade Regimes and Global Governance. Tuesday 17/5/2016, 14h-17h.
Erasmus Mundus Master Global Studies
The Ghent Centre for Global Studies would like to draw your attention to the Erasmus Mundus Master ‘Global Studies – A European Perspective’ (EMGS). The application round for the Erasmus Mundus grant will open on January 15, 2016. We encourage all suitable candidates to apply for the programme.