The general theme of the Global Studies Annual Conference (2020) is the importance of engaging global south scholarship and non-western epistemologies that broaden the base of knowledge production and bring new perspectives to bear on the pressing global issues that are impacting us all. Specifically, the conference seeks to increase the visibility in the Euro-American academy of critical interdisciplinary scholarship emanating from the global south.

To this end, the conference supports professionalization in the field of Global Studies by fostering early career scholars with quality mentorship by senior scholars. The aim is to build supportive intellectual networks across the social sciences and humanities, and help young scholars publish and disseminate their research. While the criteria for selecting early career scholars will be excellence in research on global issues, emphasis will be given to scholars from the global south and historically underrepresented populations such as women, minorities and Indigenous scholars.

Keynote Address by Boaventura de Sousa Santos RSVP


For his keynote address, he will be speaking from his new book, "The End of the Cognitive Empire: The Coming of Age of Epistemologies of the South"

Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Professor at the School of Economics at the University of Coimbra, Distinguished Legal Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School, Global Legal Scholar at the University of Warwick and Director of the Centre for Social Studies (CES) at the University of Coimbra.

Talk Co-sponsors: School of Social Sciences and Center on Globalization, Law, and Society


UCI Global Scholars Early Career Fellowship

Early career scholars that are doing critical interdisciplinary research on pressing global issues are encouraged to apply for a fellowship to attend the 2nd Annual UCI Global Studies Conference. The conference will be held January 31 - February 1, 2020 and will be hosted by the Department of Global & International Studies at the University of California Irvine.

The purpose of the UCI Global Scholars Early Career Fellowship is to support professionalization in the field of Global Studies, including successful publishing, by fostering quality mentorship for junior scholars.

Successful applicants will present a work in progress to a panel of distinguished scholars. Panel mentors will comment on the Fellow’s work, making suggestions intended to increase the likelihood it will be accepted for publication. Topics of discussion could include the kinds of questions being asked, relevant literature in the field, appropriate conclusions, significance of the work, avenues for further research and funding, and specific journals or publishers to which the work could be submitted.

Scholars from historically underrepresented backgrounds including women, minorities, Indigenous scholars, as well as scholars from the global south, are especially encouraged to apply.

UC Irvine will provide successful applicants with travel and lodging at the conference.

Submission Details

Early career scholars, including pre-tenure assistant professors, postdoctoral fellows, recent Ph.D. and advanced graduates (ABD), are eligible to apply.

Deadline for applications is Friday, October 18, 2019.


  1. Online Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Article or book chapter in progress with abstract1
  4. A one-page research statement2
  5. One copy of student’s transcript (student applicants only)3
  6. Letter of Recommendation (the name of one recommender who is well acquainted with your academic work)

1Applicants must submit with their application a full draft of a work in progress that they will present at the conference. The work could be a journal article or book chapter that is to be submitted for publication to a peer review journal or academic press. The selection committee tends to favor well developed, critical and interdisciplinary projects that explicitly connect the local and the global in creative ways.

2The research statement should describe your general research interests and how your current project fits into your larger research agenda. Please keep in mind that we are a  Global and International Studies Department and our main interests are in global issues.

3Graduate students enrolled in doctoral programs in the United States are required to submit an unofficial graduate transcript. Graduate students enrolled in research-only programs that do not have graduate classes do not need to submit a transcipt

For further information regarding the conference, please contact:

Jessica Cañas-Castañeda
Department Administrator
Department of Global and International Studies
579 Social Science Tower
Phone: (949) 824-0151

Philip McCarty
Graduate Director
Department of Global and International Studies
591 Social Science Tower
Phone: (949) 824-6352


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