Globalism’s intermingling of ideas, livelihoods, and people is creating a schism between and within states. The great schisms in the past revolved around Capitalism vs. Communism, Left vs. Right, Social Conservative vs. Social Liberal, etc. The new schism pulls people from both left and right to deposit them into modern political and social affiliations with names such as Cosmopolitan vs. Nationalist, Closed Society vs. Open Society, Populist vs. Pluralist, the Haves vs. the Have-Nots, etc. At its root is the oldest concept of all – Us vs. Them.
This one-day conference will look at how the rise of populism and ethnocentrism is challenging globalism; and how these forces and the tension between them are affecting various aspects of international affairs. We hope to bring together inquisitive graduate and postgraduate students, as well as practitioners from NGOs, government agencies and intergovernmental organizations to review and assess, that which challenges the notions of globalism and populism in today’s international arena. This conference seeks to expand the discourse on the political, economic and social implications and drivers of globalism as nations reexamine policies in response to rising populism, as well as further our understanding of the various causes and drivers of populism. Attendance is open to all.
All submission should relate back to International Relations and Populism.