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The IAFOR International Conference on Global Studies 2016

NH Collection Barcelona Constanza, Barcelona, Spain

Saturday, July 16 - Monday, July 18, 2016

Abstract Submission Deadline: May 15, 2016

Registration Deadline for Presenters: June 15, 2016

Publish before a global audience. Present in a supportive environment. Network and create new relationships. Hear the latest research. Experience Barcelona. Join a global academic community.

This international and interdisciplinary conference will bring together a range of academics and practitioners to discuss new directions of research and discovery in Global Studies. As with IAFOR’s other events, Global2016 will afford the opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, and networking across higher education and beyond.

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.

The IAFOR International Conference on Global Studies 2016 will be held alongside The IAFOR International Conference on the City 2016. Registration for any one of these conferences will allow participants to attend sessions in the others.




Global2016 Conference Theme:

“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 aggressive 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 ideas.

We welcome abstracts in the open call in the following sub-themes and academic (inter)disciplines:


  • refuge
  • mobility
  • social praxis
  • disability
  • education and/or pedagogy
  • the city
  • the nation
  • human rights
  • social justice
  • minor cultures
  • activism
  • technology
  • terrorism
  • identity
  • internet
  • media
  • law
  • popular culture
  • the family
  • gender, queer and/or sexuality
  • religion
  • curation/the archive
  • sport
  • place
  • creative arts
  • the ecological
  • the transnational/global
  • the economy

Australasian Studies within Global Studies

The Centre Conferences originally organised by the interdisciplinary Australian Studies Centre at Barcelona University (CEA) are to be incorporated into The IAFOR International Conference on Global Studies 2016 as an “Australasian Studies” sub-stream.

More about the Centre Conferences

Centre Conferences have been held yearly for over a decade and have always stressed the need for the interdisciplinary, thereby incorporating non-Australian fields of study within each session. Centre Conferences are boutique conferences with only single sessions and plenary speakers over five days. All the panel sessions are by invitation only, without the option for call for papers. More information on past CEA conferences and publications

After signing a partnership agreement with IAFOR it was decided that the Australian Studies Conference would break into new territory as an “Australasian Studies” sub-stream at The IAFOR International Conference on Global Studies 2016, with the view that it will expand as a fully-fledged IAFOR conference running beside Global Studies in 2017.

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IAFOR Publishing Opportunities




The IAFOR Journal of Cultural Studies is an editorially independent journal associated with Global2016. A small number of papers from the conference proceedings are selected by the journal editor. Articles may also be submitted directly by contacting the appropriate editor. These open access journals, which conform to the highest academic standards, reflect the interdisciplinary and international nature of our conferences and are organised thematically.



Conference Proceedings

If your abstract is accepted and you have registered for the conference, you are encouraged to submit a full paper for inclusion in the official conference proceedings published on the website. Final papers should be uploaded through the submissions system. Please ensure that your paper is ready to go to press by the submission deadline.




THINK, The Academic Platform, is IAFOR’s online magazine, publishing the latest in interdisciplinary research and ideas from some of the world’s foremost academics, many of whom have presented at IAFOR conferences. Content is varied in both subject and form, with everything from full research papers, to shorter opinion pieces, interviews, podcasts, film and photography.



Global2016 Screenings


As part of our Asian Conference on Film & Documentary (FilmAsia), each year IAFOR hosts the IAFOR Documentary Film Award & Festival (IDFA).

The quality of submissions to our competition and the power behind these documentaries has been extremely impressive. IDFA2015 featured some of our most interesting and compelling documentaries to date. The mission of the IDFA is to recognize and support these storytellers in their efforts to expose truths and bring attention to the world’s untold stories.

Registered Delegates are invited to attend these screenings at no additional charge.


The Land Of Many Palaces IAFOR Documentary Film Award

The Land of Many Places
Best Newcomer Feature IDFA2015

Directed by Adam James Smith & Song Ting
In Ordos, China, thousands of farmers are being relocated into a new city under a government plan to modernize the region. “The Land of Many Palaces” follows a government official whose job is to convince these farmers that their lives will be better off in the city, and a farmer in one of the last remaining villages in the region who is pressured to move. The film explores a process that will take shape on an enormous scale across China, since the central government announced plans to relocate 250 million farmers to cities across the nation over the next 20 years.

If you are interested in screening The Land of Many Palaces at a conference or workshop, or if you’d like to invite directors to your campus to speak about the film, please contact

Universities, high schools, public libraries, community groups, museums and other institutions can order an “Educational DVD”. For individuals, “Home Use” DVD’s will be available from Spring 2016.



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IAFOR University & Institutional Partners


The International Academic Forum works with our partner institutions to encourage the best in international, intercultural and interdisciplinary research at this conference.

We work with senior administrators and professors to develop programs which are timely, thought-provoking and academically rigorous. This global partnership alliance allows our interdisciplinary conferences are backed by some of the world’s foremost institutions of learning. Read more about our partners.