Global Studies Conference 2009

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Welcome to the website of the Global Studies Conference. This Conference is to be held at Zayed University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 30 May to 1 June 2009. It will address critically important issues related to globalization in the world today, as well as focusing on a special theme - The Middle East and 21st Century Globalisation. Plenary Speakers include some of the leading thinkers in global studies, as well as numerous paper, colloquium and workshop presentations.

Participants are also welcome to submit a presentation proposal either for a 30-minute paper, 60-minute workshop, or jointly presented 90-minute colloquium session. Parallel sessions are loosely grouped into streams reflecting different perspectives or disciplines. Each stream also has its own talking circle, a forum for focused discussion of issues. For those unable to attend the Conference in person, virtual participation is also available.

Presenters may choose to submit written papers to the Global Studies Journal, a fully refereed academic Journal. Virtual participants also have the option to submit papers for consideration by the Journal. All registered Conference participants receive a complimentary online subscription to the Journal when registration is finalised. This subscription is valid until one year after the Conference end date.

This is a Conference for any person with an interest in, and concern for, the question of globalization - including researchers, teachers and graduate students. All are encouraged to register and attend this significant and timely Conference. Accommodation options are also available.

If you would like to know more about this Conference, bookmark the Global Studies Conference site and return for further information – the site is regularly updated. You may also wish to subscribe to the Conference and Journal Newsletter.

For all inquiries, please contact the Conference secretariat.


The Global Studies Conference

The Global Studies Conference is held annually in different locations around the world, each selected for its particular place in the dynamics of globalisation. The inaugural Conference was held at the University of Illinois, Chicago in 2008.

The Global Studies Journal

Conference participants can submit papers to the Global Studies Journal, before the Conference and up until one month after the Conference. Papers submitted for publication will be fully refereed. The publication decision is based on the referees’ reports.

For those unable to attend the Conference in person, a virtual registration will provide participants access to the electronic version of the Journal, as well as the option to submit papers for refereeing and possible publication. For more information about the Journal please visit the Publish Your Paper page.


The Globalism Research Centre is the public face of a university-wide research strength in globalisation and cultural diversity at RMIT University. The Centre undertakes engaged research into globalisation, transnationalism, nationalism and cultural diversity. It seeks to understand and critically evaluate current directions of global change, with an emphasis on the cultural implications of political and economic transformation. The role of the Centre is to initiate and manage research and community projects involving consortia of academics, researchers and consultants from diverse backgrounds. These collaborative projects draw on expertise from across the university and beyond, in fields such as global politics, international relations, community studies, cross-cultural communication, international education, international trade, productive diversity, global English and media studies. For further information, visit our website, or contact us by email.