GISI 2015 Conference

GISI Conference 2015: “Thinking Big: International and Global Studies at STU”


Global & International Studies Initiative (GISI) is pleased to have enabled scholars from distinct fields to contribute to the expanding body of knowledge and expertise in global and international studies at St. Thomas University.

GISI associates and STU faculty participated in the 2015 GISI conference “ Thinking Big: International and Global Studies at STU”. The conference was held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 on Margaret Norrie McCain Hall room 308 at St. Thomas University campus.

This was an opportunity for GISI associates and faculty at STU to showcase interim results of ongoing research projects in Global and International Studies. There was a rich diversity in terms of topics presented from distinct disciplines. We thank all those who participated and those who attended, and we hope we can continue to support scholars in their efforts to contribute to our academic community.


Conference Programme

9:00 – 10:00 Continental Breakfast (by invitation)
10:00 – 10:15 Opening remarks  Dr. Shaun Narine
Session 1: 10:15 – 11:55 am Chair: Dr. Mikhail A. Molchanov
10:15 – 10:40 The Afterlife of Bauxite Mines: Land and Community in Transnational Context 

Dr. Brad Cross, Department of History

10:40 – 11:05 Affect, Memory, and Meaning in Archival Recordings of Yolngu Manikay 

Dr. Peter Toner, Department of Anthropology

11:05 – 11:30 Intersecting Narratives of Crossing the Line: Symbols and Humor as Works of Justice and Citizenship in the Gezi Protests of Istanbul and Ankara 

Dr. Gul Caliskan, Department of Sociology

11:30 – 11:55 Where Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition: Toward a Global History of Inquisition Source Texts 

Dr. Robin Vose, Department of History

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch (by invitation)
Session 2: 1:00 – 2:40 pm Chair: Dr. Robin Vose
1:00 – 1:25 Globalization in Vilcabamba, Ecuador:  Lifestyle Migration, Inequality and Agrarian Reform 

Dr. Matthew Hayes, Department of Sociology

1:25 – 1:50 Eurasian Regionalisms and Russian Foreign Policy 

Dr. Mikhail A. Molchanov, Department of Political Science

1:50 – 2:15 The United States and Its Role in the Asia Pacific: Decline and Dysfunction? 

Dr. Shaun Narine, Department of Political Science

2:15 – 2:40 Developing a Rwandan Approach to Social Work Knowledge and Practice 

Dr. Suzanne Dudziak, Department of Social Work

2:45 – 3:15 Coffee break
Session 3: 3:15 – 4:55 pm  Chair: Dr. Shaun Narine
3:15 – 3:40 Using Social Biography to Connect the Local and the Global: 18th-Century Military Postings in the Journals of British Royal Engineer William Booth 

Dr. Bonnie Huskins, Department of History

3:40 – 4:05 Making Hijrah 

Dr. Alexandra Bain, Department of Religious Studies

4:05 – 4:30 Automobility, Technocracy, and Progress in 1960s Argentina: The Ford Falcon as High Modernist Artefact 

Dr. Karen Robert, Department of History

4:30 – 4:55 Prorogation as a Partisan Political Tool 

Dr. Gerard Horgan, Department of Political Science

4:55 – 5:20 Lack of Vision?: Barack Obama’s Second Term Foreign Policy 

Dr. Jamie Gillies, Department of Journalism and Communications

5:20 – 5:30 Closing remarks  Dr. Shaun Narine


Photos (credits to Maria Jose Burgos – student at St. Thomas University)





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