GSA Conference 2020


Global Dis-Connections and alternative scenarios

Due to coronavirus, this year’s conference, scheduled to take place in Manchester, on 11 and 12 June 2020, has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a further date. Please keep an eye on this page for further updates.

Date: June 11/12th 2020

Time: 9.30am – 6.00pm

Location: Geoffrey Manton 

Hosted by the Research in Arts and Humanities! (RAH), the RCASS Centre and the Global Cultures Cluster, MMU.

The GSA invites papers for its 2020 conference on June 11th and 12th to be held at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Please send a brief bio of no more than 100 words and abstracts of no more than 300 words to Mansour Pourmehdi, Email: m.pourmehdi@ by 15th March 2020.

The Conference will focus on the theme of – Disconnection – in a globalised human world, raising questions for the future of Global Studies. Undeniably, we are living at a time of conflict, declining optimism and growing challenges to nearly everything we had hoped for following the end of the Cold War and the intensification of globalization processes from the early 1990s onwards. Given this context, the conference calls for papers which explain and analyse how we got to our present situation of crisis and disconnections, compared to the optimism of the global connections we had hoped for, and where might we go from here. The underlying role of globalization in past and future conflicts and crises might constitute one central line of enquiry, relating to rising disconnections between the state and societies (evils of capitalism), dis-connecting communities (Brexit, Migration and populism) and relation between the environment and the human world (climate change and Anthropocene debates).

Papers concerning the following suggested topics are welcome – though there are many other possibilities:

The rise of Right-Populist movements: their current and likely future impact on democratic politics. Examples might include Brexit in the UK, India, Eastern Europe or other global examples.

Migrants and Migration: what does the future hold for skilled and/or unskilled migrants, and migrant communities in a world of closing borders, revisiting debates on cosmopolitanism?

> Environmentalism and its contradictions: intensified governmental cooperation and global citizen- movements provide the keys to a sustainable planet. Yet will the massive socio-economic re-localization that follows lead to de-globalization and rising attention to discussion on the Anthropocene Era?

Cosmopolitanism and cultural borders: what role does and may the social media and the various forms of artistic expression play in dissolving or hardening national/ethnic divisions at local, national or global levels?

Globalized corporate high-tech capitalism: some argue that growing swathes of humanity are increasingly irrelevant to capitalism.  If so, what kinds of alternative society may (need to) evolve and how?

Conference information

Keynote speakers are as follows:

Professor Kate Nash, Goldsmiths University: Human Rights Films: working through disconnections

Professor Marek Hrubec, Center for Global Studies, The Czech Academy of Sciences: A Future Threat of Limited Wars: Global Conflicts and Local Interactions

Conference fees are £50 for full time academics and £25 for unwaged, PhD and other students. This covers stationary, two lunches, teas/coffees and an evening reception on June 11th.

For payment and registration, follow this link.

Accommodation will be arranged separately by delegates. Please consult this list of hotels nearby (pdf).

We are investigating the possibility of publishing a volume based on the conference papers. For more information contact Shoba Arun ( or Eleanor Byrne (

The conference is closely linked to existing members of the RHA’s ‘Global Culture Research Cluster’ who are also helping with the conference organization.

Follow conference updates on Twitter: @GlobalStudiesA