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Department of Development Studies

The Globalisation Lectures

The Globalisation Lectures are a series of evening lectures (usually four per year), attracting high profile speakers on a range of issues in globalisation. Entry is free, please register for the events on the individual lecture pages. The lectures are convened by Professor Gilbert Achcar.

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Previous Globalisation Lectures at SOAS, University of London

Convenor: Professor Gilbert Achcar

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Previous Events in this series

Women and the ‘Arab Spring’: Lessons from Iran?

Haideh Moghissi, Professor and Trudeau Fellow, Department of Equity Studies, York University, Toronto

The swift turn that the movement for democracy and social justice has taken in favour of Islamists signals the challenges ahead for progressive social forces. This paper asks whether there are lessons  to be learned from Iran’s 1979 revolution.

6 March 2013, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Is Islamism the Arab Destiny?

Aziz Al-Azmeh, CEU University Professor, School of Historical and Interdisciplinary Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Aziz Al-Azmeh is CEU University Professor in the School of Historical and Interdisciplinary Studies, Central European University, Budapest. Among his books in English are Islams and Modernities, The Times of History, and Muslim Kingship: Power and the Sacred in Christian, Muslim and Pagan Polities.

6 February 2013, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Which Democracy for a Multipolar World?

Chantal Mouffe, Professor of political theory and director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster

28 November 2012, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Globalisation in Time: Between the Camera and the Clock

Marcus Verhagen, Art historian and critic, Sotheby’s Institute of Art and Goldsmiths College, University of London

Booking is not required, however seating is on a first come, first seated basis.

31 October 2012, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Men who Tiptoe into their Marital Bedrooms: The Novelist and Dictatorship

Hisham Matar

5 March 2012, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Inclusion and Participation: a New Agenda for the Globalised Economy

Heiner Flassbeck (Director on Globalization and Development Strategies, UNCTAD)

1 February 2012, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Corporate Takeovers, Internet Challenges: does journalism have a future?

Dr Serge Halimi (Director, Le Monde Diplomatique)

FREE ENTRY, NO BOOKING REQUIRED, FIRST COME FIRST SEATED.

2 March 2011, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Nobel Prize Winner Dr Shirin Ebadi on The Role of Women in Promoting Peace in the Middle East

Dr Shirin Ebadi (Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003)

Free entrance, no booking, first come first seated

2 February 2011, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

World Literature and World Languages

Tariq Ali (Novelist, Playwright and Historian; Editor - New Left Review)

1 December 2010, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Peasant Struggles and Ecology in the Age of Globalisation

Hugo Blanco (Leader of the Peasant Confederation, Peru)

27 October 2010, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Humanitarianism at the Risk of Imperialism

Dr Rony Brauman (1999 Nobel Peace Prize winner and Former President of Doctors without Borders (MSF, Paris))

3 March 2010, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

For a Green and Just Way out of the Global Crisis

Dr Susan George

20 January 2010, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The American Empire in Light of the Global Crisis

Professor Alex Callinicos and Professor Leo Panitch

25 November 2009, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Noam Chomsky: Crises and the Unipolar Moment

Professor Noam Chomsky

It is widely felt that the fall of the Soviet Union left a unipolar world, dominated by the remaining superpower, and that the "moment" is coming to a close with the collapse of the Anglo-Saxon "free market" economic model. Investigation of this two-decade "moment" can provide considerable insight into what came before, and possibilities for shaping the future.

27 October 2009, Institute of Education, Logan Hall, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The World’s Third Spaces: Neither Global Nor National?

Prof. Saskia Sassen - Lynd Professor Of Sociology And Member, The Committee On Global Thought, At Columbia University (New York)

25 February 2009, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Beyond Neoliberal Globalisation And Us Hegemony: What Next?

Prof. Samir Amin - Director Of The Third World Forum (Dakar, Senegal)

26 November 2008, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

The Imperial Paradox: Ideologies of Empire

Prof. Ellen Meiksins Wood Professor Emerita of Political Science at York University (Toronto, Canada)

29 October 2008, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Counter-Hegemonic Globalisation: Has the Movement Reached its Limits?

Professor Boaventura de Sousa Santos

22 April 2008, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

New Left Wing Governments in South America. Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador: A First Balance-Sheet

Dr Eric Toussaint (World Social Forum and Committee for the Abolition of Third World Debt)

25 February 2008, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Present Financial Crisis: How to Stop Globalisation from Eating Itself

Robert Wade, Professor of Political Economy and Development (LSE)

22 January 2008, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM