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1st GEM-STONES Summer School

09:00 - 17:00
Université de Genève
Geneva, Switzerland

@ UNIGE, Geneva

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The first GEM-STONES Summer School ‘Critical Perspectives on Globalization’ took place at the Global Studies Institute of University of Geneva (CH), on 3rd – 7th July 2017.

Discordant voices about the benefits and soundness of globalization have always been present, even altermondialism having been part of globalization studies. But in 2017, leaders of major states, notably the USA, openly contest the established principles and institutions of the post-1989 globalized world. For the GEM and GEM-STONES communities that have been basing their research agendas on Globalization, Multilateralism and Europe, these developments may have an influence on the content and output of most of the individual research project. With the input of high-level academics and practitioners, it is therefore both interesting and necessary to try to analyse and explore the already existing criticial studies that have been developed around the topic of globalization. 

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Prof. C. ARNSPERGER (Université de Lausanne) Prof. R. MARCHETTI (LUISS Guido Carli di Roma)
Dr. R. BALFOUR (GMF) Dr. F. MATTHEIS (University of Pretoria)
Dr. M. BONA (Senior Advisor, CERN) Prof. T. MEYER (Technischen Universität Dortmund)
Prof. M. CALMY-REY (Former President and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland) Prof. F. NAHAVANDI (Université libre de Bruxelles)
Prof. F. CERUTTI (Università degli Studi di Firenze) Sr.Lect. F. REYSOO (Graduate Institute Geneva)
Dr. S. DAVIDSHOFER (Université de Genève) Lect. O. SERRANO (Université de Genève)
Ms. S. GHISLAIN (Eurogroup for Animals) Prof. M. TELÒ (GEM-STONES Supervisory Board President)
Prof. N. LEVRAT (Université de Genève) Dr. D. WERNLI (Université de Genève)
Dr. C. LOURDES DY (LUISS&ULB) Dr. C. ZHANG (Københavns Universitet)

Location & Venue

The Summer School took place at the Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva. This allowed the participants to benefit from the exceptional density of Geneva-based international institutions, among others the UN European Headquarter, the WTO, and the WEF. The participants were also taken to a visit to CERN, where beyond our globe, time and space melt.

The Global Studies Institute (GSI) was created in 2013 to bring together, under one roof, the Bachelor’s programme in International Relations (BARI) and innovative Masters’ programmes benefitting from the Universities partnerships with Geneva based IOs and NGOs. The GSI is an interfaculty centre and as such draws on the expertise of professors and researchers from the faculties of humanities, law, political, social and economic sciences. Its Masters’ programmes attempt to respond to the changes in the production and transmission of knowledge induced by the process of globalization. The GSI is based on the structure of the former European Institute of the University of Geneva and thus examines if and to which extent the lessons Europe has to offer on supranational integration, can be applied to the ever more interconnected world in the early 21st century. The GSI’s ambition is to develop this new field of study, guided by the principles of excellence and openness to the stakes of a rapidly changing world – a world that Geneva as an important hub of multilateral diplomacy and its University are well-positioned to analyse.


Photos courtesy of: S. Ghislain, L. Marquis & F. Ponjaert

This project has received funding from the European Union's horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Grant Agreement No 722826.