Call for Papers: International Conference for Europe

International Conference for Europe: Two decades discourse about globalizing social sciences. Concepts, strategies, achievements
April 26–29, 2018
Lisbon, Portugal Instituto Universitário de Lisboa

Towards the end of 20th century the social sciences discovered a new phenomenon, they coined as globalization. Responding to this “global turn” the social sciences across the world since then discuss for about two decades that and how the social sciences also need to be “globalized.” What have we learned from the two decades discourse about the globalization of the social sciences? What has been discussed about what the globalization of the social sciences means and what globalized social thought aims at?

What does it mean if social sciences advocate the need of a globalization of social thought, those very social sciences which forced the rest of the globe with their institutional power to take them as the one and only way to theorize about the world? What is the shift they are proclaiming, shifting the existing world reign of social sciences towards globalising social sciences?

Reflecting on the achievements of a discourse provides shared views on what globalizing social sciences aims at and the two decades discourse shows anything else but such shared views about what globalizing social sciences are and what they are aiming at.


The following topics might be addressed

A. Concepts of global social thought

  • What is/are differences between post-colonial globalizing social thought and the universalization of social sciences during colonialism?
  • How is this related to the notion of a globalising world?
  • What is globalization and what are globalizing social sciences?
  • What are the main theories about globalizing social thought?
  • What are local, global, glocal, or universal social sciences?
  • How are social sciences made global, glocal or local?
  • What    are    the    differences    between     the    globalisation     and    the internationalizing social sciences?
  • What are the main discourses and controversies among global social sciences about?
  • What are the driving forces making social sciences global or local?
  • Who are the scientific players – and who are not?

B. Strategies

  • What are common practices making social sciences global, international, local?
  • Are the creation of social science theories and the discourses about them affected by globalizing social science and how?
  • Are there particular methodological approaches making social sciences global, local, international?
  • Have global/local/…social sciences changed the topics social sciences theorize about?
  • Have they changed the ways social sciences create theories and the ways they are debated?
  • What are the main topics addressed in global/local theorizing?

C. Achievements

  • Have social sciences been globalized, localized and how has this affected the social sciences as a whole?
  • Have the  social  sciences  changed  thanks  to  their  globalization  or localization?
  • Has there been any progress in the creation of knowledge about a globalized world thanks to globalize/localize social science theorizing?
  • What have we learned from 20 years discourses and controversies?
  • Has the globalization of social sciences affected the role/position they have in the globalizing world?

Abstracts/papers should be kindly sent by the 30 November 2017.

Please send them to the following two email addresses: [email protected][email protected]