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Professor Anshu Malhotra (Kapany Endowed Chair in Global and Sikh Studies) recently published an...

The newly virtual Profs at the Pub features Professor Aashish Mehta with a talk on racial & economic stratification in our very own UCs

Message from the Department Chair of Global Studies:

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Announcing the Global Studies Colloquium Series Winter 2021 Schedule:

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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 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.




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


The schedule for Fall Quarter 2020 included:

October 7, 2020

Dr. Ken Kosik, UCSB Neuroscience Research Institute
Covid-19: What to do with limited knowledge

October 14, 2020

Dr. Anshu Malhotra and panel, UCSB
India Right: the making and unmaking of Indian citizenship

October 21, 2020

Dr. Raul Zibechi, Montevideo
Times of collapse: Latin American societies in motion

October 28, 2020

Dr. Ann Taves, UCSB Religious Studies
Religions as worldviews and ways of life

November 4, 2020

Dr. 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

Dr. Amit Ahuja, UCSB Political Science
Mobilizing the marginalized: Ethnic parties without ethnic movements

November 25, 2020

Dr. Charmaine Chua, UCSB
The counter-revolution in logistics: Fast circulation, slow violence and decolonial struggle at Transpacific supply chain

December 2, 2020

Dr. Vipul Mudgal, New Dehi
Police and the Pandemic: The role of police in India's reverse migration from cities to villages

December 9, 2020

Dr. 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