Troubling Globalisation: New Approaches in the Arts and Humanities

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Troubling Globalisation – New Approaches in the Arts and Humanities

A series of interdisciplinary one-day symposia on contemporary cultural transnationalisms.

Co-organised by Dr Ellie Byrne of Manchester Metropolitan University and Professor Phillip Leonard of Nottingham Trent University, with support from the British Academy and Leverhulme Trust.

During the 1990s and early 2000s, disciplines in the Social Sciences embraced the term ‘globalization’ to describe the cross-border movement of populations, trade, and information in the late twentieth century. This term has also been taken up by researchers Arts & Humanities to consider the cultural, historical, philosophical, and aesthetic dimensions of contemporary transnationalisms. However, rather than confirm the observations that tend to be drawn in the focus on social relations, research in the Arts and Humanities often questions and challenges many of the critical and methodological assumptions that have shaped the idea of the global age. Today, in a moment dominated by resurgent and new nationalisms, and amid declarations of the demise of the neoliberal project to unify the world, there is a need for Arts & Humanities researchers to remain attentive to the structural imbalances that have emerged and become consolidated with the articulation of global society. But there is also a compelling opportunity to promote theoretical models and cultural practices that both assert the value of transnational cultural practices and provoke a rethinking of the world as the space of the global.

Drawing in participants from diverse subject areas and several institutions, ‘Troubling Globalization’ symposia will address critical interventions in the Arts and Humanities that can be productively brought into dialogue with each other, enabling alternative terminologies and conceptualities for approaching the idea of the globalized world.