Dynamics of Global Inequality: New Thinking in Global Affairs
2017 Annual Global Affairs Conference
Rutgers Division of Global Affairs, Newark, NJ, April 21, 2017
The Student Association of Global Affairs (SAGA) and Rutgers Division of Global Affairs (DGA) host an annual Global Affairs Conference. This year the conference will focus on exploring inequalities in global affairs, including their roots, their effects and ways of addressing these issues.
Current events across the globe have demonstrated the urgent need for new ways of thinking about the historical and contemporary issues that shape global affairs. In the current political moment, it is imperative to examine how global systems of inequality such as race, sexuality, gender and ability shape the world in which we live. Central themes of global affairs scholarship, including security, development, migration and mass atrocity crimes occur with the context of, and are shaped by such systems of inequality. Further, we must recognize that a US- or Euro-centric focus offers a limited explanation of global politics and we must therefore look beyond these geographical arenas to reflect on the contribution of other regions to global affairs theory and practice.
Nevertheless, many global affairs conferences and curricula continue to operate along traditional lines and question whether the circumstances of identity, gender, race or sexuality are even relevant to global affairs. With its annual conference, the Student Association of Global Affairs seeks to broaden this debate and provide a space for students to deconstruct traditional narratives within international relations and global affairs by exploring these new fields and how they can inform theory, analysis, practice, and methodology: Why do we need to take these issues into account? How can they shape our thinking both at the domestic and global levels?
We are excited to announce Prof. Patricia Williams (Columbia Law School) as our opening speaker and Prof. Elisa von Joeden-Forgey (Stockton University) as our keynote speaker.
Registration for the conference is now open.
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