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Den Conference 2018: Global Crisis, Local Voices?

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Following on from last year’s success, the Democratic Education Network is proud to present the second student-led global conference: Global Crisis, Local Voices?

It is organized by the Democratic Education Network (DEN) in collaboration with the Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR) at the University of Westminster.

The two-day event will involve a range of talks, presentations, exhibitions, live performances, and plenty of opportunities to meet and network with local and international students. It will be a platform where we can exchange ideas, discuss new possibilities in politics and international relations, and hear new voices and perspectives.

We are welcoming proposals to present at the conference from students of all academic years up to graduate level; first and second-year students are encouraged to present their coursework, and we encourage all dissertation students to present their current research. This is a rewarding opportunity to share your research on an international platform.

Please email proposals to denconference2018@gmail.com by Wednesday 11th April.
Global Crisis, Local Voices?

Against the backdrop of global change, with the rise of new forms of populism and new modes of political backlash, this interdisciplinary student conference asks where are the local voices in this global crisis?

We are now accustomed to the politics of Trump and Brexit, representing a significant fracture from progressive, liberal narratives of global politics and liberal markets in the Western world, as well as the Global South. This way of thinking about the current crises—economic, political, moral—suggests that we are witnessing the voices of those who have been ‘left behind’ by globalization. This conference invites participants to engage with local perspectives (or “voices”) to make sense of the changing contours of our shared world.

Fukuyama famously declared ‘The End of History’ with the collapse of the Berlin Wall, signaling the triumph of Liberal Democracy over Communism. But are we now witnessing the confirmed end of the liberal history which has been sustained by globalization, neoliberal markets, and racialized models of economic and political wellbeing?


While there have been some benefits from greater economic interdependence, this liberal approach has not been able to provide answers to the discontents of globalization such as growing inequality within and across countries and environmental degradation. In the name of further economic integration, ‘localised’ problems have often been sidelined. This has contributed to the rise of populism and anti-immigration sentiments across the ‘West’. The Global South has not been immune from similar trends of populism, xenophobia and violent identity politics and the post-colonial dream of building new inclusive nation-states has become secondary to the emergence of majoritarianism.

This phenomenon has driven global justice and international development into new areas and reverting to old paradigms now seems impossible. The conference asks what spaces exist to think creatively, critically, and compassionately about our current and future worlds?

Can a new approach lead to a more equal and just global economy? Can we empower new voices and include the voices of those ‘left behind’? Is Brexit (and its demand to ‘take back control’) and the election of Trump just the beginning of a more divided, polarised, and racialized world? Is the right-wing populism the new "end of history" moment? How are identity politics around gender, race, and/or sexuality responding to and influenced by right-wing populism?

In order to hear these voices, we encourage undergraduate and master’s students from around the world to discuss the challenges and responses to this new phase of globalization. The old approach has shown that the new debate on globalization, or post-globalization, should include many diverse points of view. For these reasons, we encourage students to present on topics related to the issue such as: economics, political science, international relations, international security, gender and sexuality, international institutions, international development, sociology, social policy, media studies, philosophy, comparative literature, international law, criminology, and cultural studies.

Possible Panel Titles:

  • Economics after globalization: are we witnessing growing inequality?
  • The end of the global: Have we reached the end of the global?
  • Dangerous worlds: What are the challenges, risks, and dangers encountered at the end of globalization?
  • Law: International humanitarian law and humanitarian intervention: are we witnessing the death of ‘universal’ human rights?
  • Rethinking development: Is international development in crisis?
  • Living globalization differently: what can we learn from the ‘non-West’?
  • Rethinking gender and sexuality within international society: how are gender and sexuality mobilized through new forms of politics?
  • Rethinking intergovernmental cooperation: are we witnessing the end of global governance and liberal institutionalism?
  • The responsibility of states and citizens: what duties do we have to those displaced, dispossessed, and alienated by new forms of populism?
  • Global capitalism: are we witnessing new forms of economic nationalism?
  • Media and democracy: have ‘fake news’ enhanced or killed democracy?
  • Alt-Right and the politics of backlash: how and why has the alternative right rejected mainstream conservatism?
  • Please note that this list is only indicative of possible topic areas that contributors may wish to consider while they develop their papers for the conference. Individuals may also register and attend the conference as an observer without submitting or presenting any work.


Who Should Attend?

  • This conference is designed primarily for undergraduate and master’s students as too often there is insufficient space given to presenting research at this level. Early-career researchers, academics, and think-tank representatives are also welcome.
  • Benefits of Attendance:
  • Recognition of your work on an international platform as a presenter
  • All accepted abstract/full papers will be published in the conference proceedings both print and online version
  • Potentially identify your future collaborative partner(s) among an international, vibrant and scholarly audience
  • Sharing ideas and meeting with students from around the world, forging new networks and opportunities for post-graduate life
  • Certificate of participation for presentations; certificate of attendance for those attending only


Enquiries: denconference2018@gmail.com
Website: https://www.denwestminster.net/denconference2018/


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