Call for Papers
International Online Conference
The Future of World Society
World Society Foundation Zurich, Switzerland August 25–26, 2022
Deadline for Abstract Submission October 30, 2021
After decades of apparently linear and perpetual rise of global integration and interdependence, more and more observers of world society see an increasing number of signals indicating that a trend of deglobalization is underway. Some scholars see a military deglobalization at work, while other focus on processes of financial and monetary deglobalization. Some researcher emphasize normative and cultural aspects of deglobalization, like value conflicts and clashes, while others interpret deglobalization mainly as a reconfiguration of global commodity and value chains, particularly in, but not limited to, the context of United States-China “decoupling” and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic crisis. From a longer-term historical perspective, we observe long waves of global integration and disintegration: phases of accelerated globalization, like the periods before 1914 and after 1989, are alternating with phases of deglobalization, such as the inter-war period with rising national protectionism, or the early 21st century in the wake of the global financial and economic crisis of 2008, which has been characterized by a return of economic and political nationalism, populism, and geopolitical rivalry. Are we currently witnessing just another globalization/deglobalization cycle or are we entering a new “after globalization” era? The World Society Foundation (WSF), established in 1982 in Zurich, Switzerland, is celebrating its 40th anniversary of its activity as “world observatory” supporting social sciences scholars and scientific research all over the world, but particular those from the Global South, to investigate into the various processes of global integration and disintegration, (re)structuring and (re)configuration. “World society is something which is, at the same time, highly relevant and widely ignored. (…) I postulate that world society is as it is because it is widely ignored (…) world society is, in fact, a self-reproducing structure of ignorance and knowledge.” (Peter Heintz, founder of the World Society Foundation, 1980).1 With this call for papers the World Society Foundation invites theoretical and empirical contributions on the ongoing transformative processes (re)shaping the future of world society.
1 Heintz, Peter, 1980. “The Study of World Society: Some Reasons Pro and Contra,” pp. 97–100 in: Hans-Henrik Holm and Erik Rudeng (eds.): Social Science – For What? Festschrift for Johan Galtung. Oslo: Norwegian University Press.
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