The 2nd Annual Society for Global Scholars Conference

Alter-Globalizations: Another World is (Still) Possible

FRIDAY, MARCH 2 (8:30 am—7:30 pm) --

SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2018 (9:30 am—8:00 pm)

The University of California, Santa Barbara

Conference Overview

Dominant narratives in today’s global sociopolitical landscape reinforce a false dichotomy between globalization and anti-globalization. This binary discourse ignores not only the connections between these two poles as they have emerged in the Global North but also the plethora of alternatives formulated by communities and movements at the margins of the contemporary world. These vibrant alter-globalizations foreground myriad imaginaries from below, presenting a host of possibilities for another world. These and many other less visible alter-globalization actors have remained defiant and resilient in an era of uncertainty, and scholarly attention to these dynamic alternatives is more important now than ever.


This graduate student-organized conference will serve as a forum for the sharing, discussion, and co-actuation of alter-globalization possibilities. It will bring together diverse scholars from around the world to highlight and discuss Indigenous peoples, philosophies, and movements; subversive political ecologies; intersectional solidarity and communality; revolutionary performativities; heterodox political economies and embodied anti-capitalist resistance; diverse radical theories and praxes; and many other interconnected ideas and strategies deployed by the ever-growing global alter-globalization movement of movements.


This conference will feature keynote presentations by renowned activist-scholars Dr. Jackie Smith (author of Social Movements in the World-System) and Dr. William I. Robinson (author of We Will Not Be Silenced), as well as a book sale with tabling by local community organizations, a roundtable on global intersectional solidarity, and a film screening. All are welcome.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Global Studies, the Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies, the College of Letters and Science, the Graduate Division, the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, the Graduate Students Association, the Department of Latin American and Iberian Studies, the Center for Black Studies Research, the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor, the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Academic Policy, the Mellichamp Chair in Global Religion, the Department of Environmental Studies, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies, and the Department of Feminist Studies.