Globalism and Cross-talk

An Interdisciplinary Project at the University of Toronto

Globalism and Cross-talk is an interdisciplinary project at the University of Toronto designed to promote dialogue--across disciplines, across area studies, and across geographical locations--on the impacts of cultural globalization. Cross-talk seeks to identify both the points of contact and the radical divergences in our attempts to understand the human processes of globalization, focusing in particular on crossings between the Humanities and the Social Sciences. Whether the immediate subject is universal human rights, the ethical imperatives of democratic belief, the current transformations in regional identity, the human consequences of economic globalization, or the impact on curriculum of "Global Studies," Cross-talk attempts to define the conflicts and the syncretisms that must be grasped in order to engage productively and positively with a globalized world.

Calendar of Events, 2003-04

Globalism and Cross-talk: An Interdisciplinary Symposium
March 3 - March 12, 2004

An all-day symposium on March 5, accompanied by a series of individual talks by the guest international speakers:

Susan Stanford Friedman, Virginia Woolf Professor of English and Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the coordinator of their Border and Transcultural Studies Research Circle
Edward Friedman
, Hawkins Chair Professor of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and former China specialist for the U.S. Congress.
Heinz Ickstadt
, former President of the European Association of American Studies and Director of the Kennedy Institute for American Studies, Free University Berlin
Graeme Turner
, Professor of Cultural Studies and Director of the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies at the University of Queensland

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, March 3, 2:00-4:00
East Asian Studies Lounge, 14th floor, Robarts Library
"Why bother with celebrity?: understanding the production and consumption of the public figure
Graeme Turner, the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Thursday, March 4, 2:00-4:00
The Munk Centre for International Studies, Room 108N
"The Challenges of Democratizing China"
Edward Friedman, Hawkins Chair Professor of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Thursday, March 4, 4:00-6:00
Room 140, University College, University of Toronto
"Bodies in Motion: Reflections on a Poetics of Home and Displacement"
Susan Stanford Friedman, Virginia Woolf Professor of English and Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Chancellor Jackman Distinguished Visitor

Friday, March 5, 9:30-5:00
The Munk Centre for International Studies, Room 208N
Globalism and Cross-talk: An Interdisciplinary Symposium

Session 1: Cross-talking between disciplines: The Rights and Wrongs of "Universalism" and "Transnationalism" in Political Science and English
Session 2: Cross-talking within and between area studies: Global Pressures on Canadian, American, North-American Studies
Session 3: Cross-talking across geographical locations: Local Formations of Global Studies in Australia, Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia

Friday, 12 March 2004, 12:00-2:00
Munk Centre for International Studies, Room 208N
"Americanism, Anti-Americanism, and American Studies"
Heinz Ickstadt, Professor Emeritus and past Director of the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Free University of Berlin and F. Ross Johnson/Connaught Distinguished Visitor

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Globalism and Cross-Talk is supported by the Asian Institute; the Centre for Comparative Literature; the Center for the Study of the United States; the Centre for International Studies; the Chancellor Jackman Program for the Arts; Cinema Studies; the Collaborative Master of Arts in International Relations; the Department of English; the Department of Political Science; East Asian Studies; the Faculty of Arts and Science; the F. Ross Johnson/Connaught Foundation; the Institute for Women's Studies and Gender Studies, the School of Graduate Studies; and the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.