Barcelona is one of the most exciting cosmopolitan hubs in the Mediterranean and indeed in Europe. Well known for its architecture, from the Roman to the Contemporary, its food and culture, Barcelona has a long history in hosting major international conferences in all areas of study and work. Barcelona is the place to be for Global Studies. Over the last decades it has become a multicultural, multilingual city and is a major attraction for tourists and business people. It is here that one can discuss “the global” with ease in a city which has, over the centuries, established trade routes with the Far East and around the Mediterranean as well as with Europe and Latin America. Its inhabitants are of many diverse origins making the city an ideal location for discussions of both the local and the global in a space which is unique and which has fostered the humanities and sciences in its historical development as a global hub.
Australasian Studies within Global Studies
IAFOR has now taken up and broadened the Conferences organized by the interdisciplinary Australian Studies Centre at Barcelona University (CEA). These conferences have been held yearly for over a decade, have always stressed the need for the interdisciplinary thereby incorporating non-Australian fields of study within sessions. Each of these Centre Conferences has been run as boutique conferences with single sessions only and plenary speakers over five days. All the panel sessions were by invitation only and no call for papers. You can find more information on past CEA conferences and publications at www.ub.edu/dpfilsa/welcome.html
After signing a partnership agreement between IAFOR and the Australian Studies Centre at Barcelona University, the Centre Executive decided to approach IAFOR regarding running a conference or conferences in Barcelona. IAFOR is the precise platform that the Centre required in order expand outwards under the IAFOR umbrella. IAFOR’s reputation as a global academic forum for conferences and publications of exemplary standard with locations around the world is ideal. In discussion with IAFOR President, Dr. Joseph Haldane, it was decided that the Australian Studies Conference would break into new territory under the banner Australasian Studies as a sub-stream in the IAFOR Barcelona Global Studies Conference in the hope that it will span out as a fully-fledged IAFOR conference running beside Global Studies in 2017. All the members of the executive at the Australian Studies Centre at Barcelona University are more than grateful to IAFOR for taking up our conferences and allowing them to expand and internationalize to an even greater extent thanks to the umbrella they so generously offer us.
The Global and The Local: Crossing Sites of Cultural, Critical, Political Intervention
The Financial Times lexicon offers a definition of globalisation as “ the integration of economies, industries, markets, cultures and policy-making around the world”. The global inevitably affects the local and has not lead to the integration of culture as witnessed in ongoing cultural struggles around the world and massive movements of people fleeing war, persecution, and extreme poverty. As globalised as the world may be in economic terms, and let us not forget the impact of economic globalisation on developing nations and the environment, cultural and individual freedom as well as human rights are consistently under attack as a result of aggresive political interventions.
It is at the crossroads of thinking about Crossing Sites of Cultural, Critical, Political Intervention that we can begin to unravel the intricate way in which society works, how crossing borders internationally, interculturally and becoming globally and locally interdisciplinary is fundamental in the work we do as academics, researchers, writers thinkers and proactive individuals within our own societies.
During this International Academic Forum we hope to engage everybody in finding new avenues for research, collaboration across frontiers including the academic, and a vibrant exchange of idees.
The organizers encourage submissions that approach the conference theme from a variety of perspectives. However, the submission of other topics for consideration is welcome and we also encourage sessions within and across a variety of interdisciplinary and theoretical perspectives.
Abstracts should address one or more of the streams below, identifying a relevant sub-theme:
- social praxis
- education and/or pedagogy
- the city
- the nation
- human rights
- social justice
- minority cultures
- popular culture
- the family
- gender, queer and/or sexuality
- curation/the archive
- creative arts
- the ecological
- the transnational/global
- the economy
- Submissions are organized in to the following thematic streams:
- Black Feminism
- Legal Studies
- Race Theory
- Cultural Studies
- Education / Pedagogy
- Gender studies / Feminist Theory
- Gerontology/ Ageing Studies
- Geology /Eath Sciences/ Social Geography
- Justice Studies/ Including Wild Law
- Linguistics, Language and Cultural Studies
- Literary Studies / All genres/ Theory
- Media Studies
- Medical Studies / Nursing / Health and Well-being
- Postcolonial Studies
- Political Philosophy
- Political Theory
- Queer Theory
- Social Criticism
- Visual Culture
- Women’s Studies