Next Generation Global Studies is a transdisciplinary working group operating at the Department of Politics, Law and International Studies at the University of Padova, Italy; a network of researchers and scholars coming from different disciplinary backgrounds, particularly Political Theory, Philosophy, History, International Studies, World Politics and Foreign Languages. We share an interest in issues related to global transformations including citizenship and fundamental rights, policies, governance and power, communication dynamics and technology, gender and difference and languages.
The group aims to reflect critically on globalizing processes and deriving challenges such as deterritorialization, and re-territorialization according to different experiences of space. We share the conviction that traditional conceptualizations of boundaries – of states, nations, communities, inside and outside – are inadequate to understand and make sense of today’s world. We share the commitment to rethink concepts and categories for living and operating in global societies, as a necessary step towards a better understanding of actors and agency, conflict and cooperation; and of the cultural, political, religious experiences whose significance is contributing to transform reality and challenge relevant knowledges.
Next Generation Global Studies operates as a hub to connect scholars, students and interested parties from the University of Padova and its territory with European and world-wide research centers and networks, both academic and advocacy-oriented, who share the same curiosity and concerns about contributing to shaping the global future.
Established in 2010 by a grant from the Mellon Foundation, the Committee on Globalization and Social Change is a transdisciplinary working group committed to reflecting critically on the relationship between contemporary transformations typically associated with globalization and the political futures that may be opened or obstructed by them. The Committee is less interested in developing programmatic positions than in defining and exploring sets of questions about plural democracy, transnational solidarity, global justice, political subjectivity, and ethical responsibility that demand our attention in this moment of crisis and transition.