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Meet our new Global Studies Peer Advisors!


Major grants awarded from the Ford Foundation and the Carnegie Corp

Global Race/Ethnicity and Inequality Search: Notice of Application for Alien Employment...

Dissertation Title: "Socio-Technical Futures: A Blockchain Technology Assessment"

  • GRIT Talk Barandiaran 2020

UCSB Summer Sessions presents a new (virtual) season of GRIT Talks 2020. Eight notable UC Santa...

Global Studies Colloquium Series

The Department of Global Studies' Colloquium Series is a lecture and lunch series, which has been made possible by the generosity of the Orfalea Endowment for the Master's Program in Global Studies.  The Colloquium Series strives to open and explore a wide range of interdisciplinary debates and their interaction and engagement with the global, hosting new guest speakers each quarter from UCSB and beyond. Professor Jan Nederveen Pieterse is currently the Director of the Colloquium Series. For more information, please contact our Colloquium Fellow Brett Aho at:
When?  Various Wednesdays, 12:30-2pm
Where?  Zoom (pending)
Who?  The Global Studies Colloquium Series is open to everyone interested in attending the talks.


Upcoming Events

The schedule for Fall Quarter 2020 is as follows:


October 7, 2020

Ken Kosik, UCSB Neuroscience Research Institute

Covid-19: What to do with limited knowledge


October 14, 2020

Anshu Malhotra and panel, UCSB

India Right: the making and unmaking of Indian citizenship


October 21, 2020

Raul Zibechi, Montevideo

Times of collapse: Latin American societies in motion


October 28, 2020

Ann Taves, UCSB Religious Studies

Religions as worldviews and ways of life


November 4, 2020

Barrie Axford, Oxford Brookes University

An (im) modest proposal?  Global theory for tough – and not so tough – times


November 11, 2020

Veterans Day – no colloquium


November 18, 2020

Amit Ahuja, UCSB Political Science

Mobilizing the marginalized: Ethnic parties without ethnic movements


November 25, 2020

Charmaine Chua, UCSB GS

The counter-revolution in logistics: Fast circulation, slow violence and decolonial struggle at Transpacific supply chain


December 2, 2020

Vipul Mudgal, New Dehi

Police and the Pandemic: The role of police in India's reverse migration from cities to villages


December 9, 2020

Geert Lovink, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Networks in the age of platform capitalism



The Winter Quarter 2020 schedule included:

January 16, 2020

"Global labor standards and the quest for social justice, 1919-2019"
Professor Eileen Boris, UCSB Feminist Studies

January 23, 2020

"Theft is property! Dispossession and critical theory"
Professor Robert Nichols, Political Science, University of Minnesota 

January 30, 2020

"Illiberal politics East and West: Thinking through the conjuncture via Hong Kong"
Professor Daniel Vukovich, Hong Kong University, Humanities, Globalization and Culture 

February 6, 2020

"Expanding the focus of digital innovation"
Professor Elizabeth Belding, UCSB Computer Science 

February 20, 2020

A global ethnography of Chinese investments in Brazilian agribusiness"
Professor Gustavo de Oliveira, UC Irvine Global Studies 

February 26, 2020 [scheduled on Wednesday, not Thursday] 

"The informal globe: paradoxes of the Global Informality Project"
Professor Alena Ledeneva, Politics and Society, University College London

March 5, 2020

"India ‘right’: The making and unmaking of Indian citizenship"
Professor Anshu Malhotra and panel, UCSB 


The Fall Quarter 2019 schedule included:

October 3, 2019
"Global Studies and Emancipation" 
Boike Rehbein, Humboldt University, Berlin, Director of Asian Studies, Global Studies
October 17, 2019 
"Interconnected Music Worlds (Arab, Turkish, Iranian, Indian)"
Scott Marcus, UCSB Ethnomusicology, Chair, Founder of the Middle Eastern Ensemble, and directs the World Music Series
October 31, 2019
"Arctic Perspective Initiative and the Interpolar Transnational Art Science Constellation"
Marko Peljhan, UCSB Media Arts and Technology, Chair 
November 14, 2019
"Armed Group-state Relations in World Politics"
Kai Thaler, UCSB Global Studies, Assistant Professor 
December 5, 2019
"Yazidi Migration: Iraq, Kurdistan and Europe"
Karel Černý, Charles University, Prague