Next Generation Global Studies aims at reconsidering predominant schemes of interpretation of global society in order to overcome prevailing Eurocentric perspectives of space and time. The multi-dimensional nature of globalizing processes – affecting the economy, political experience, religious, cultural and social practices – and the interplay among spheres of human activity, challenges our capacity to read and understand global phenomena without adequate inter-disciplinary knowledge bases. It calls on us to develop new ways and means of looking at social realities from different points of view.
In this context, global studies are called to rethink the meaning of social sciences in the global age and to overcome the borders of scholarly specialization; they are invited to recognize the value of hybrid knowledges, and to elaborate adequate conceptual frameworks and analytical tools to understand complex social realities. At the same time, as an educational project developed within higher education agencies, global studies face the responsibility of educating critical, creative and responsible global citizens.
To meet its goals Next Generation Global Studies promotes multi-vocal, interdisciplinary and international public conversations on a number of aspects that reflect the challenges of globality, conversations that aim at informing research and educational activities at the University of Padova.
Next Generation Global Studies also promotes and organizes educational opportunities, such as intensive courses, thematic seminars, winter and summer schools; all activities that reflect the approach adopted by the initiative. They are conceived as learning spaces for all participants, they are inter and cross-disciplinary and they guarantee gender balance, diversity in age and academic seniority and in cultural and linguistic provenience.
Next Generation Global Studies is open to research collaborations, European, global and translocal, that reflect the same approach by valuing diversity and the challenges it poses to rethinking global studies.