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

Lecture by Dr. Martin Ottovay Jorgensen (Aalborg University) – October 21, 2016

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

Keynote lecture by Anna Tsing – October 20, 2016

Others without history:

plants as agility-shifting actors in the trajectory of capitalism

Colonial plantations remade human nature, setting in motion the forms of “race” we know today.  Plantations also remade the nature of other organisms, and not just through breeding.  Pests, weeds, and pathogens changed their habits of growth and reproduction in the plantation, and some developed newly virulent trajectories as “creatures of empire.” Read more

GCGS Research Day – October 20, 2016

The annual Research Day of the Ghent Centre for Global Studies aims to bring together all (junior and senior) researchers of its affiliated research groups, for an interdisciplinary dialogue on common research themes, different approaches and theoretical perspectives. The organizing committee of pre- and postdocs of the GCGS will offer 4 interdisciplinary workshops (2 parallel morning and afternoon sessions) on the following topics:

  1. The ultimatum of climate change: re-thinking climate and energy governance
  2. Debating global citizenship: on cosmopolitanism and human rights
  3. Global commodities: transforming the local?
  4. Mobilities, borders, immobilities  Read more

Public Lecture Series 2016

Critical perspectives on a globalizing world


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.


International Summer School – June 30-July 2, 2016

Connectivity and Change: Regimes, Conflicts and Revolutions in Global Perspectives

Call for applications. Deadline: December 31, 2015

The Ghent Centre for Global Studies and the History Research Group Communities, Comparisons, connections are pleased to announce that Ghent University will host this International Global Studies Summer School, from June 30 to July 2, 2016, co-organised by the European Network of Universal and Global History, the Ghent Centre for Global Studies, the Ghent University History Department, the International Research Center ‘Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History’ (re:work), the Graduate School ‘Global and Area Studies’ of the University of Leipzig and Labex transferS in Paris.  Read more

Call for papers – WHA annual conference, Ghent, July 2-5, 2016

Global conflict & Transformation of the global countryside

The research group Communities, Comparisons, Connections of the Department of History and the Ghent Centre for Global Studies are proud to announce that Ghent University will host the next annual conference of the World History Association, from July 2 to 5, 2016. The conference’s 2 main themes are “Global conflict” and “Transformation of the global countryside.”  Read more