Annual Conference of the Association of Global South Studies, Hotel El Andalous

Marrakesh, Marrakesh-Tensift-El Haouz
Thursday, December 14, 2017

ASSOCIATION OF GLOBAL SOUTH STUDIES
35th ANNUAL CONFERENCE

December 14th-16th, 2017
Marrakech, Morocco
Co-Hosted by
The College of Arts and Sciences & 
The Department of Philosophy and Liberal Studies, Georgia College, USA
And
University Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco


The Global South and the World:
Past, Present and Future

The flow of people and products, of ideas and inventions, across and from the Global South is neither a recent phenomenon nor a relic of the distant past.  Over 600 years ago the Moroccan scholar Ibn Batuta, in the course of his rihla (travels), served for seven years in the court of Mohammed bin Tughlaq in India.  He ended his South Asian career as the Delhi Sultanate’s ambassador to China.  European political might and colonial expansion hinged on the printing press, compass and gunpowder — all Chinese innovations.  In recent years the Kenyan M-PESA is an innovation that promises to revolutionize financial transactions across the Global South.

Some would argue that Brexit and its accompanying possibility of the unraveling of the European Union, the election of Donald Trump in the United States, and the rise of anti-immigrant and anti-EU parties in Europe spell the onset of a time of renewed isolationism/nationalism in the Global North, with adverse implications for people and countries of the Global South.  In the Global South, Samir Amin — the Egyptian-French economist and Director of the Third World Forum in Dakar, Senegal — warns of the rising specter of cultural chauvinism, religious fundamentalism and ethnic conflict.  Amin throws down the gauntlet for the world intelligentsia to respond with ‘a positive contribution to the crystallization of alternative proposals offering real solutions to the crisis;’ proposals that are rooted in ‘democratization linked with social advancement for the ordinary classes, of respect for ethnic, religious and other differences coupled with the promotion of freedom and diversity in these areas.’  

With this as the backdrop the 35th annual Association of Global South Studies Conference (formerly known as Association of Third World Studies) invites participants to reflect on collaborations/interactions (positive or negative) across the globe — in particular those affecting the Global South.  We welcome papers from diverse disciplinary and multidisciplinary perspectives in the humanities and the social sciences, examining historic or contemporary events.

The following are a few suggested sub-themes:

*Economic cooperation and challenges
*Intellectual exchanges
*Transnational activism
*Colonialism and its legacy
*Neocolonialism
*Movements of peoples, including migration and refugees
*Productive and unproductive alliances
*Cross-cultural fertilizations, including in the Arts, Religion or Science
*Migration of foods and cuisines
*Philosophical exchanges
*Travel writing and/or writers
*Diasporic literature
*Postcolonial fiction
*Political tensions and opportunities
*Democratic movements
*International and civil conflict
*Trade agreements
*Public Health issues

This list is not meant to be exhaustive and we welcome all proposals on topics germane to the theme of the conference: The Global South and the World: Past, Present and Future.

Please submit a 500-word proposal by September 1st, 2017, using the link provided below.  Please make sure that the uploaded document includes the title of your paper, the name(s) of the author(s), and institutional affiliation.  You will also be asked to upload a 50-word synopsis of your paper to be included in the conference program.

IN ORDER TO BE INCLUDED IN THE CONFERENCE PROGRAM, A PERSON MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED.  THE DEADLINE FOR PRE-REGISTERATION IS SEPTEMBER 1, 2017.

PARTICIPANTS NOT REGISTERED BY SEPTEMBER 1, 2017, WILL BE STRICKEN FROM THE CONFERENCE PROGRAM. REGISTRATION FEE WILL BE REFUNDED IF YOUR PROPOSAL IS NOT ACCEPTED.

To Register for the Conference and Upload Paper Proposals, please scroll down.  For information regarding Registration Costs and Lodging, please visit: http://apps.gsw.edu/atws/ (If this link does not work, copy and paste this URL to your browser).


For additional information, including submissions of abstracts, proposals for organizing panels and other activities, contact:

SUNITA MANIAN
CHAIR, DEPT OF PHILOSOPHY AND LIBERAL STUDIES
GEORGIA COLLEGE AND STATE UNIVERSITY
E-MAIL: sunita.manian@gcsu.edu








Annual Conference of the Association of Global South Studies, Hotel El Andalous
Thursday, December 14, 2017 8:00 AM -
Saturday, December 16, 2017 9:00 PM (Morocco, Liberia Time)

Avenue du Président Kennedy
Marrakesh, Marrakesh-Tensift-El Haouz 40000
Morocco

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