Critical Global Studies – Frontiers of Globalisation: an inter-/transdisciplinary approach

The Research Seminar of the Ghent Centre for Global Studies is on offer as a specialist course of the Doctoral Schools of Ghent University. The Global Studies Research Seminar provides doctoral students whose research is situated in, or related to, the field of Global Studies in‐depth and advanced training in contemporary critical Global Studies, and theory and methodology in related fields, such as Postcolonial and Subaltern Studies, International Studies, EU Studies, Area Studies, Conflict Studies, etc., next to general scholarly skills such as reading, writing, discussing and presenting.


The programme for spring 2016 is developed around the concepts of “frontier” and “frontier zones” in Global Studies. Across disciplinary lines, the “frontier” concept enables Global Studies scholars to link the local and the global, not by starting at the global level, but by departing from the frontier process itself. The programme integrates interdisciplinary approaches and will be taught by professors of the Ghent Centre for Global Studies, in tandem with international guest lecturers from different areas of Global Studies research.


To register, go to and login with CAS (for UGhent students and staff) or as a free user. Select “inschrijven op cursussen”, search for the course “Global Studies Research Seminar” (course code X000363) and register.

This course is equivalent to 3 ECTS credits (for Master students and students from outside Ghent University).

To complete your registration, please send us a short CV (2 pages) and motivation (max. 250 words) to

The deadline for registration is February 5.

Time and location

All sessions are organized on Tuesday afternoon, 14h-17h.

Facultaire Vergaderzaal Decaan John Vincke
Faculty of Political and Social Sciences
Korte Meer 5 (1st floor), 9000 Gent

Format and requirements

Each seminar session will discuss a concrete application of the frontier concept on a specific research topic of common interest in the Ghent Centre of Global Studies. Each session will be composed of two parts: a) introductory lecturers by the GCGS professor and the international guest speaker in which the required reading is introduced, followed by Q&A, and b) group discussions based on the required reading and moderated by a GCGS professor.

All students are expected to participate actively during the discussions in all five seminars. (If motivated, absence in a 2 seminars will be allowed; however papers remain compulsory).

Readings and announcements will be available on Zephyr.


Introductory session. Tuesday 16/2/2016, 14h-17h.

Chris Parker (Middle East and North Africa Research Group) and Eric Vanhaute (Communities Comparisons Connections)

1. Frontiers of Land Control. Tuesday 23/2/2016, 14h-17h.

Michael Eilenberg (Aarhus University)Jeroen Adam (Conflict Research Group); Giselle Corradi (Human Rights Centre)

RESCHEDULED! 2. Flight and Frontier. Wednesday 25/5/2016, 15h-18h. Academieraadzaal Law Faculty (Voldersstraat 3)

Charles Watters (University of Sussex, U.K.); Frank Caestecker (Communities Comparisons Connections); Ilse Derluyn (Centre for Children in Vulnerable Situations).

3. Cities as Frontier Zones. Tuesday 19/4/2016, 14h-17h.

Ahmed Kanna (University of the Pacific, U.S.A.)Ben Derudder (Social and Economic Geography); Koenraad Bogaert (Middle East and North Africa Research Group)

4. Commodity Frontiers. Tuesday 3/5/2016, 14h-17h.

Jason Moore (Binghamton University); Eric Vanhaute (Communities Comparisons Connections); Boris Verbrugge (Conflict Research Group)

5. At the Frontiers of the Market: Global Trade Regimes and Global Governance. Tuesday 17/5/2016, 14h-17h.

Ferdi De Ville (Centre for EU Studies); Glenn Rayp (Study Hive for Economic Research and Public Policy Analysis); Tom Claes (Centre for Ethics and Value Inquiry)