Seminar

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.

Programme

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

Lecturers:

  • 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

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

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

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

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

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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

Lecturers:

  • 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

Global Studies Research Seminar – Spring 2016

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.

Frontier

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.

Registration

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.

Programme

Introductory session. Tuesday 16/2/2016, 14h-17h.

Chris Parker (Middle East and North Africa Research Group) and Eric Vanhaute (Communities Comparisons Connections)

1. Frontiers of Land Control. Tuesday 23/2/2016, 14h-17h.

Michael Eilenberg (Aarhus University)Jeroen Adam (Conflict Research Group); Giselle Corradi (Human Rights Centre)

RESCHEDULED! 2. Flight and Frontier. Wednesday 25/5/2016, 15h-18h. Academieraadzaal Law Faculty (Voldersstraat 3)

Charles Watters (University of Sussex, U.K.); Frank Caestecker (Communities Comparisons Connections); Ilse Derluyn (Centre for Children in Vulnerable Situations).

3. Cities as Frontier Zones. Tuesday 19/4/2016, 14h-17h.

Ahmed Kanna (University of the Pacific, U.S.A.)Ben Derudder (Social and Economic Geography); Koenraad Bogaert (Middle East and North Africa Research Group)

4. Commodity Frontiers. Tuesday 3/5/2016, 14h-17h.

Jason Moore (Binghamton University); Eric Vanhaute (Communities Comparisons Connections); Boris Verbrugge (Conflict Research Group)

5. At the Frontiers of the Market: Global Trade Regimes and Global Governance. Tuesday 17/5/2016, 14h-17h.

Ferdi De Ville (Centre for EU Studies); Glenn Rayp (Study Hive for Economic Research and Public Policy Analysis); Tom Claes (Centre for Ethics and Value Inquiry)

Global Studies Research Seminar – spring 2014

Doing Global Studies – Key Concepts and Approaches

During the second semester of this academic year the Ghent Centre for Global Studies will organize an intensive specialized course at the Doctoral Schools. This interdisciplinary Global Studies Research Seminar ‘Doing Global Studies: Key Concepts and Approaches’ comprises of 6 seminars: after an introductory class, we will have 4 public lectures and master classes by international guest lecturers, followed by a closing seminar by a professor of the Ghent Centre for Global Studies. For a detailed outline of the course, see the course page on the UGent online teaching platform Zephyr.

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