5th International Conference on Globalization The Scale of Globalization: Global, Local, Individual (Globalization 2011)
|Event Date/Time: Sep 08, 2011||End Date/Time: Sep 09, 2011|
|Registration Date: Jun 30, 2011|
|Abstract Submission Date: May 15, 2011|
|Paper Submission Date: Sep 08, 2011|
Global, Local, Individual
Think Globally, Act Locally, Change Individually in the 21stCentury
September 8-9, 2011
Department of Human Geography and Regional Development, University of Ostrava, Ostrava, Czech Republic
All academic and non-academic participants from a wide range of disciplines including many branches of geography, sociology, anthropology, political sciences, economics, international relations, cultural studies, regional studies, local and regional development and others are cordially welcomed to participate.
Globalization is by definition a global process. However, this process necessarily takes place in specific localities and concrete individuals are involved in it. Above all, this paradox begs the question of scale. We would therefore like to invite and challenge academics and professionals from around the world to reflect upon globalization as a multi-scalar phenomenon determined not so much by the area of its impact (economy, politics, society) but rather by the scale at which it is (seen as) occurring. There are two principal reasons for this critical perspective. First, we would like to explore how globalization as a process and as a powerful imagination arises, operates, becomes contested and reappropriated depending on the scale of action and observation - global, local, and individual. Is globalization the same phenomenon at all of these spatial scales or levels of social reality? How does the character of the process and imagination differ at these scales and what theories are best suited to account for the dynamics of the phenomenon? Do we need scale-specific theories of globalization? And second, globalization is most commonly perceived as a structural process and individuals and communities are seen as mostly passive and powerless victims. In our view, the question of agency in debates on globalization has not been sufficiently appreciated. By refocusing our attention to scale, we hope to stimulate discussion about the possibilities of individual action in a world which is often described as spinning out of control. We do not share this pessimistic view and encourage potential participants to explore the possibilities for positive individual and community action at different scales of being.
We invite the participants to think about globalization in relation to scale - global, local, individual - and consider how scale affects the character of the process in the following areas of operation:
1. development and environment,
2. education and knowledge,
3. culture and society,
4. politics and governance,
5. economics and business,
6. information technology and media.
During the conference we also organize two special panels for invited speakers. For further information about the panels follow the links to the sections:
The Caucasus and Central Asia in the Globalised World
Governance of the Regional Development in the Era of Globalization
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