Phd Summer School Critical Perspectives on Globalization, 3-7 July 2017, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Publish Date: May 25, 2017

Deadline: May 31, 2017

And suddenly, Globalization was under attack!

Discordant voices about the benefits and soundness of globalization have always been present, even altermondialism having been part of globalization studies. But in 2017, leaders of major states, notably the USA, openly contest the established principles and institutions of the post-1989 globalized world. For the GEM and GEM-STONES communities that have been basing their research agendas on Globalization, Multilateralism and Europe, these developments may have an influence on the content and output of most of the individual research project. With the input of high-level academics and practitioners, it is therefore both interesting and necessary to try to analyse and explore the already existing criticial studies that have been developed around the topic of globalization.


Having critical perspectives on globalization at the core of the programme, the Summer School 2017 will unfold around 6 major topics. The program will start with a general introduction overviewing existing critical perspectives on globalization, and the need for them. The second session will concentrate on non-Western perspectives of globalization. During the third session, the participants will focus on the impacts of globalization on legal studies. The fourth session will revisit the mechanisms of transnational politics, and reexamine the role of civil society in this newly developing context of globalization. The fifth session will bring to the table the question of the future of the liberal order in the age of nationalism. Last but not least, the final session will focus on rethinking globalization from a complex system perspective.



The 2017 GEM-STONES Summer School will take place at the Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva. This will allow the participants to benefit from the exceptional density of Geneva-based international institutions, among others the UN European Headquarter, the WTO, and the WEF. Major players in these institutions will also participate to the Summer School by delivering keynote addresses and participating in round-tables. The participants will also be taken to a visit to CERN, where beyond our globe, time and space melt.


The Global Studies Institute (GSI) was created in 2013 to bring together, under one roof, the Bachelor’s programme in International Relations (BARI) and innovative Masters’ programmes benefitting from the Universities partnerships with Geneva based IOs and NGOs. The GSI is an interfaculty centre and as such draws on the expertise of professors and researchers from the faculties of humanities, law, political, social and economic sciences. Its Masters’ programmes attempt to respond to the changes in the production and transmission of knowledge induced by the process of globalization. The GSI is based on the structure of the former European Institute of the University of Geneva and thus examines if and to which extent the lessons Europe has to offer on supranational integration, can be applied to the ever more interconnected world in the early 21st century. The GSI’s ambition is to develop this new field of study, guided by the principles of excellence and openness to the stakes of a rapidly changing world – a world that Geneva as an important hub of multilateral diplomacy and its University are well-positioned to analyse.


Selected PhD Students will be expected to present the suggested paper after having circulated it at least one week in advance. Both an attending academic, a fellow student and a non-academic will discuss the presented research. The PhD Students are expected to attend the full week, and participate in all the Summer School’s various sessions and activities - excepting the excursions where attendance to minimum two visits is required. Applicants are free to suggest any presentation topic of their choosing that fits the broad session agenda of the Summer School.


  • Academic profile of the Applicant
  • Relevance of the suggested presentation


  • Academic CV
  • Title of the Applicant’s ongoing thesis project - Including name and references of Supervisor(s)
  • 1-page abstract describing the Applicant’s suggested presentation


  • May 31st 2017, 12pm CET Submission Deadline
  • June 5th 2017 Notification of Results
  • June 26th 2017, 12pm CET Receipt of Approved Papers
  • July 3rd-7th 2017 Summer School



This Summer School is a closed door event for selected participants. The organizers‘ aim is to gather a limited number of informed and motivated participants who will see their travel (excluding taxis) and accommodation expenses covered by the host. Lunches during the Summer School, joint dinner on Monday 3rd July and public transportation card in Geneva will also be provided. Any other incurred costs are at the participants’ own expense.

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