The Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies and the faculty of the G&IS program at UCSB announce a call for papers and panels for ‘Materialities’, the 2014 annual Santa Barbara Global Studies Conference. This year’s conference will focus on the material moorings and manifestations of the global and is being held at UCSB on *February 28-March 1, 2014*.
Keynote speaker: Ananya Roy, Professor of City and Regional Planning and Distinguished Chair in Global Poverty and Practice at the University of California, Berkeley.
Established scholars and graduate students are invited to submit panel proposals on the theme of ‘materialities’ as an inroad to thinking about the concrete, contextual specificity of global processes and conditions. The conference will highlight panels that engage with the diverse materialities of the global from diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives from across the humanities and social sciences.
We seek critical and innovative presentations that explore how contemporary globalities are materialized: from commodity chains to immigrant networks and gender & family responses to shifting migration patterns, from corporate media infrastructures to congeries of pirate cultures, and from butterfly effects in finance markets to pandemics and viral memes, to name just a few examples.