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The Gothenburg Centre of Globalization and Development was established in 2009 to develop research on globalization, one of the University of Gothenburg's priority research areas.

The Centre is an interdisciplinary organization with participation from several faculties at the university.


(De)Globalization and Development in the New Age of Populisms

Call for Abstracts for an International Workshop hosted by the Gothenburg Centre of Globalization and Development (GCGD)

November 14-15, 2019, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

The recent rise of populist movements globally raises critical questions about globalization and its relevance to development discourses and practices. Populist protectionism is on the rise across the Global North with Trump, Brexit, Le Pen, Wilders, etc. – as well as in the Global South, such as in the Philippines, Brazil, Turkey and India. China also has a new nationalist and civilizational narrative with more powers bestowed on the CCP and President Xi Jinping. Statist economic strategies are reasserted in Russia and much of Latin America. The role of multilateral institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organization is less clear. Efforts to halt rising global temperatures across many scales of engagement are being thwarted. For large publics, ‘globalization’ has become an anathema.

Similarly, development is being reinvented by populisms in their quest for legitimacy, power and grassroots support. This involves a radical thinking around social, political, economic, cultural and environmental forces that are reshaping development. The international community has, in 2015, agreed on a set of extremely ambitious sustainable development goals (SDGs) for the next 15 years. The aim is to try to achieve a broad range of sustainable economic, social, and environmental development objectives. How can global sustainable development be achieved when international collaboration and exchange are increasingly challenged?

In this workshop, we aim to host international scholars with diverse areas of expertise to join in an interdisciplinary discussion about current ‘anti-globalization’, ‘post -globalization’ trends in the context of populism and its impact on development. The questions that the workshop will address include:

  • Is the current populist trend an expression of lack of confidence in globalisation?
  • What are the consequences of populist governments for development policies/processes?
  • How are different states and social movements reinterpreting globalization-de/globalization trends?
  • How have the politics of identity shifted in light of these trends?
  • What are the sources of current heightened opposition to increased global transactions and interdependencies, as well the associated global governance?
  • What strategies of ‘re-globalization’ are available, including reform and transformation of the rules and institutions that govern the global political economy?
  • How has violence been normalised in this new age of anti-globalisation and right-wing politics?
  • In particular, how can inclusive democratic citizenship and sovereignty obtain due voice and influence in a revitalized global cooperation both in the global south and north?

Draft papers will be discussed at the workshop and feedback provided. We hope to publish the papers as a journal special issue/edited book.

Deadline for abstracts: April 15, 2019

Please RSVP to maria.stern@gu.se or swati.parashar@gu.se.

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