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Ustinov College

Call for papers 2017: Global Citizenship, Nationalism, and New Paradigms

Recent developments in Western societies suggest a shift from an increasingly globalised world to a more nationalistic one, challenging the concepts of multilateralism and global liberal order as well as the ideas of global identity and citizenship. The worldwide applicability of Western views on these issues, however, is and has been challenged by events and realities elsewhere, as well as different ideas on what nationalism or global citizenship represent.

The Ustinov Annual Conference Committee strives to provide a space for dialogue between students and faculty in higher education, as well as practitioners. We invite papers that define, develop, or challenge the premise of global citizenship in the context of our evolving cultural and geopolitical environment from either the point of view of the increasing polarisation of the Western societies or the critiques to the concept from differing points of view.

The potential questions and themes for investigation may include, but are not limited to:

  • In the current global environment, how does an individual or group identify as a global citizen? Can the idea of global citizenship assume multiple identities and affiliations in the changing world? Does the notion of global citizenship differ in various parts of the world? What are some non-Western approaches to the concept of global citizenship in the modern world?
  • The concept of global citizenship is a contested one, is there an inherent asymmetry to the idea of global citizenship that separates those who are global from those who are not, or is it a useful concept to build equal relationships with “the Others”?
  • What are potential explanations for the rise of nationalism and particularist identities in certain parts of the world? Why are only some regions of the world witnessing a rise of nationalism, while other regions are not?
  • What are the potential counter discourses to the dichotomy between globalism and nationalism? What part does “the local” play in global citizenship? Are the local and the global opposed or can we bridge that gap?
  • What is the role of higher education and its students and faculty in an increasingly polarised Western social-political context?

Participants should address one or more of the conference themes in a 15 minute paper presentation format; although proposals for interactive delivery will also be considered. Please send abstracts (maximum 300 words) as a Word document with your name, title, brief biography, and institutional affiliation to ustinov.conference@durham.ac.uk by 00:00 on Friday, 28 April 2017.