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The IAFOR International Conference on Global Studies 2017

NH Collection Barcelona Constanza, Barcelona, Spain

Friday, July 14 - Sunday, July 16, 2017

Abstract Submission Deadline: February 28, 2017

Registration Deadline for Presenters: June 1, 2017


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, as well as 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. In recent 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 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 2017 will again be held alongside The IAFOR International Conference on the City 2017. Registration for either of these conferences will allow participants to attend sessions in the other.




Conference Theme: “Global Realities: Precarious Survival and Belonging”


The theme for the Asian Conference on Cultural Studies 2014 in Osaka was “Borderlands of becoming, belonging and sharing”. In his presentation, Conference Co-Chair Professor Baden Offord wrote “Gloria Anzaldua’s idea of the borderland has become a critical conceptual rubric used by cultural researchers as a way of understanding, explaining and articulating the in-determined, vague, ambiguous nature of everyday life and the cultural politics of border-knowledge, border crossings, transgression, living in-between and multiple belongings. Borderlands is also about a social space where people of diverse backgrounds and identities meet and share a space in which the politics of co-presence and co-existence are experienced and enacted in mundane ways.”

Now, at this second IAFOR Global Studies conference, we revisit that territory under the title “Global Realities: Precarious Survival and Belonging”. While retaining the ideas expressed by Prof. Offord in 2014, this conference will turn its focus on to the precariousness of life across the world, life being understood in all its amplitude. Since 2014 we have witnessed the horror of the refugee crisis in Europe and how borders which should have been crossed have been blocked off by barbed wire fences. The whole context of borders, belonging and survival has shifted resulting in an increase in racism, radical nationalisms, terrorism, infringements of human rights, and rising poverty levels, to mention only a few of the globalised problems confronting our world. The result of such precarity, even of the planet itself, has led to a generalised sense of communal and individual vulnerability.

Raimond Gaita recently noted, “It is striking how often people now speak of ‘a common humanity’ in ethically inflected registers, or ethically resonant tones that express a fellowship of all the peoples of the earth, or sometimes the hope for such a fellowship.” Hopefully, this conference will discuss the ways and means by which a “common humanity” may be aspired to by future generations.

The organisers 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.

Submissions are organised into the following thematic streams:


  • Area Studies
  • Architecture and Urban Studies/Design
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education / Pedagogy
  • Environmental Studies
  • Disability Studies
  • Feminism/Black Feminism
  • Gender Studies / Feminist Theory
  • Geography/ all áreas of
  • Gerontology/ Ageing Studies
  • Geology /Earth Sciences/ Social Geography
  • History – all areas
  • Indigeneous Studies – world wide
  • Journalism
  • Legal Studies / including Wild Law – all areas
  • Linguistics, Language and Cultural Studies
  • Literary Studies / All genres/ Theory
  • Media Studies
  • Medical Studies / Nursing / Health and Well-being/ all areas of
  • Musicology
  • NGO policies and practice
  • Politics/ political Studies/ Political Sciences
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Orientalism
  • Political Philosophy
  • Political Theory
  • Race Theory
  • The World Refugee Crisis
  • Queer Theory
  • Sciences – all areas of
  • Social Criticism
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Psychiatry
  • United Nations
  • Vetenary Studies
  • Visual Culture – all áreas of
  • Women’s Studies


  • activism
  • agriculture
  • animal welfare
  • auto/biography
  • belonging
  • borders/boundaries/no-man´s land/walls/fences
  • bullying
  • creative arts
  • climatology
  • curation/museumology/the archive
  • disability
  • discrimmination
  • displacement
  • drug abuse
  • education and/or pedagogy
  • gender, queer, LGBT /sexuality
  • human rights
  • identity
  • judiciary
  • law
  • media
  • minority cultures
  • mobility
  • music, musicology,practice of, music therapy
  • phobias – all areas of
  • place
  • popular culture
  • poverty
  • racism
  • refugees/refuge
  • religion
  • social justice
  • social praxis
  • sport
  • space
  • suicide
  • The Anthropocene
  • the city and the suburb
  • the ecological
  • the economy
  • the family
  • the local
  • the nation / nationalisms
  • The self/selfhood
  • the transnational/global
  • technology – all áreas of
  • terrorism
  • war


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 2017 as an “Australasian Studies” sub-stream.

More about the Centre Conferences

Centre Conferences have been held yearly for over a decade and have always focused on 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 of a 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 2017, with the view that it will expand as a fully-fledged IAFOR conference running beside Global Studies in 2017.



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 for consideration. 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 IAFOR conferences.



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.




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