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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 Orfalea Colloquium Fellow Brett Aho at:

When?  Various Wednesdays, 12:30-2pm

Where?  Zoom link  (talks will be recorded and posted on our YouTube channel)

Who?  The Global Studies Colloquium Series is open to everyone interested in attending the talks.




4/7         "Three tensions in global studies"

Mark Juergensmeyer, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Global Studies, and founding director of the Global Studies Department and the Orfalea Center for Global Studies


4/14       "The coming good society: New realities demand new rights"

Sushma Raman, Executive Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government


4/21       "Covid 19, AI and the Future of Work"

Anthony Giddens, Member of the House of Lords in the UK Parliament, former Director (President) of the London School of Economics,  Life Fellow of King’s College Cambridge, co-founder of Polity Press


4/28       "A conversation on global political economy, Asia, China, the US, the far right"

Walden Bello, Adjunct Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York Binghamton and retired professor of the University of the Philippines; former member of the House of Representatives of the Republic of the Philippines; co-founder and senior analyst at Focus on the Global South, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok


5/5         "A new rising tide of global social protest? The early 21st century in world-historical perspective"

Beverly J. Silver, Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Arrighi Center for Global Studies at Johns Hopkins University


5/12       "When conspiracy ideas take hold"

Wasim Khaled, CEO and co-Founder of Blackbird.AI. 


5/19       "BRICS de-Americanizing the Internet?"

Daya Thussu, Professor of International Communication at the Hong Kong Baptist University; Founder and Managing Editor of the Sage journal Global Media and Communication


5/26       "Socialization of science: the Covid 19 pandemic"

Luciano d’Andrea, senior researcher at Knowledge and Innovation (K&I), an independent social research center based in Rome.

Andrea Declich, Researcher at Knowledge and Innovation (K&I)


6/2         "Ethnography of administration: Fiction as practice"

Satyajit Singh, Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Department of Global Studies




January 13, 2021

Dr. Nick Jepson, University of Manchester

In China’s wake: How the commodity boom transformed development strategies in the global South


January 20, 2021

Dr. Adalberto Cardoso / Dr. Thiago Peres, Universidade Estadual do Rio de Janeiro

Covid-19 response patterns in Brazil and South America


January 27, 2021

Dr. Tommaso Durante, University of Melbourne

The global and the visual: Images shape people’s common sense of the global


February 3, 2021

Dr. Mark Swilling, University of Stellenbosch

Africa and Covid-19: Ways forward


February 10, 2021

Dr. Inderpal Grewal, Yale University

Communal violence and visuality in India: Partition, 1984 and Modi’s India


February 17, 2021

Dr. Oumar Ba, Morehouse College

States of Justice: The politics of the International Court


February 24, 2021

Dr. John M. Hobson, University of Sheffield

Multicultural origins of the global economy


March 3, 2021

Dr. Jernej Habjan, Ljubljana

World literature imagined worldwide


March 10, 2021

Dr. Ricado Jacobs, UCSB

Rethinking the agrarian question in the 21st century


Visit the Colloquium Archive for the full listing of previous speakers:

Visit our YouTube Channel to listen to the recorded talks: