Future events:

February, 2012 - "Democratic Political Culture and Support for International Development in the European Union. Of moral duty, democracy, and other demons" by Bogdan Radu, Department of Political Science, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. 

Past Events:

January 31, 2012 (17.20, MB 202) - "The Bolivarian University of Venezuela: A Revolutionary University in the Global Field of Higher Education"  by Mariya Ivancheva, PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, CEU. The event is organized in cooperation with the CEU Higher Education Research Group (HERG).

This presentation offers a reflection on the paradoxes of the global field of higher education as observed at an alternative model of university - the Bolivarian University of Venezuela (UBV) and the related higher education program Mision Sucre. Drawing on ethnographic field research ongoing since 2008, the presentation outlines the different contexts in and against which this new university exists. It presents the difficulties, which the global trends and some local specifics in the higher education field present to the legitimacy of an alternative mass university. It also shows the ways in which the Latin American public univeristy model, in general, and UBV, in specific, challenge the hegemony of the globally accepted market-driven research-oriented elite model of higher education. 

November 29, 2011 (17.30, TIGY N11-006) - "The Sites of Sexuality and Public Space in Kerala: Looking Through Media and Legal Discourse"  by Carmel Christy, Assistant Professor, Kamala Nehru College, University of Delhi. 

Carmel Christy is Assistant Professor at Kamala Nehru College (University of Delhi) where she teaches Journalism and Media Studies and specializes in the study of caste, gender, and sexuality. She is also a PhD scholar in Media and Communications at the Central University of Hyderabad and her writings include “Chithralekha’s Burning Autorickshaw; Caste and Gender in the Urban Space of Keralam” and “Sexuality, Gender and Caste: Reflections on a Sexworker’s Autobiography”.

October 17, 2011: 10.30-12.00 - GSRG meeting with Prof. Ian Breman, Professor at the Amsterdam School of Social Science Research. Prof. Breman's research focuses on employment and labor relations in contemporary Asia, history of colonialism, labor migration, conditions of poverty and the social question in a global perspective. 

November 24, 2010 - Financialised Capitalism Soviet Style? Varieties of State Capture and Crisis - Prof. Don Kalb, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, CEU

The lecture will be based on the recent article “Financialised Capitalism Soviet Style? Varieties of State Capture and Crisis,” Oane Visser and Don Kalb, European Journal of Sociology 51:2, 2010.

Abstract: Looking for new ways to interpret the failings of the neo-liberal economy, this article argues that financialised capitalism at the eve of the 2008 financial crisis showed striking analogies with the characteristic combination of oligopoly and informality of the Soviet economy at the eve of its collapse. State capture by oligopolists, a large "virtual economy", the inability of agencies to obtain insight into economic and financial operations, the short term orientations of managers not coinciding with enterprise viability, and a "mystification of risk" by high science are some of the analogies to be discussed. It is argued that not only the origins but also the aftermath of the crisis may show significant analogies.

October 11, 2010 -  From Camptown to the Inner City. Seoul and the U.S. Military in South Korea - Elisabeth Schober (PhD Candidate, Sociology and Social Anthropology Department).

Abstract: Ever since the murder of Yum Kuem-i in 1992, a young Korean sex worker who was killed by her US soldier boyfriend, American soldiers have experienced much stigmatization through the Korean media and various civil society actors that tend to portray them as potential sex offenders and rowdy brutes – which has also led to the progressive decline of the entertainment neighborhoods that have been allotted to them next to their military bases. US soldiers today, having become acutely aware of these processes, increasingly seek to escape their devaluation by venturing into popular inner-city entertainment districts, where their encounters with young Koreans who increasingly view the US military presence in their country in a negative light lead to strategic personal alliances as well as further conflict.

September 20, 2010 - TEDxChange Viewing Session - TEDx and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have teamed up for a very special TEDx project – TEDxChange. TEDxChange marks the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the eight Millennium Development Goals set out by the UN to tackle global issues such as poverty, child mortality and disease. Convened by Melinda French Gates and featuring talks by some of the world's most inspired thinkers and doers, TEDxChange will look at what changes have taken place in the last decade, and what more needs to be done to ensure the health and well-being of future generations. The event is based on a 90 minute live webcast from New York and informal conversations.

Special guest and expert on the Millenium Development Goals: Gyula Simonyi, President of the BOCS Foundation.

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June 16, 2010 - Discussion with Mr. Lansana Kamanda Bongay from Community Support Cervices, Sierra Leone.

June 15, 2010 (17.30) - Bart Scheffers (MA Candidate, Utrecht University) - "Towards an European Approach to Conflict Management? The notion of 'Normtive Power Europe' utilized in analyzing and finding resolution to the Transnistrian conflict."

June 9, 2010 (17.30, FT309) - Alvin Chandra (MSc Candidate, MESPOM) - MSc thesis presentation - "Community Networks, Coping Sectors and Changing Tides: A Case Study of Climate Change Adaptation Governance in Nadi River Basin, Fiji Islands."

May 26, 2010 - Diana Szántó (PhD Candidate, Pecs University) - "Lost in Translation, disputes over meaning apropos of the CDF trial of the Special Court for Sierra Leone" (working title).

May 19, 2010 - Discussion on the Global South with Ambassador Clovis Maksoud, Director of the Center for the Global South at American University, Washington, D.C.

May 12, 2010 - Jhannes Mueller (PhD Student, IRES) - "The Union for the Mediterranean and North/South Regionalism: Dynamics, Institutions, and Prospects."

April 28, 2010 - Eniko Simon (PhD Student, DPP) - “Integrity Warriors” or “Agents of Corruption”? The Rise and Fall of Anti-Corruption Agencies in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.

April 21, 2010 - Alvin Chandra
(MSc Candidate, MESPOM)- "Climate Change Adaptation Governance in Small Island Developing States – A Case Study of Nadi River Basin, Fiji Islands."