Call for Papers

The Global South After 2010: Epistemologies of Militarization
Duke University — April 12-13th, 2018

Deadline extended to January 31, 2018!

Most of the socio-political uprisings, movements and protests that have occurred in countries deemed part of the “global south” since 2010 have been analyzed as discrete, localized events. Over the course of this interdisciplinary graduate colloquium, however, we will explore the possibility of performing a transnational reading of these events. Are there patterns and trends in the agendas, organizing strategies, demands and types of violence deployed across geographic borders? Have the political and military legacies left by former (or current) imperial and occupying powers set off reactions that offer new readings on the postcolony?

This colloquium also considers the social, political and economic realities impacting populations that have been rendered “other” in the “global north,” such as racial minorities, immigrants and refugees. While these may be viewed discretely, as well, the connection between the Black Lives Matter movement and Palestinian activists is one of many examples of the political synergies between the two geographies.

We encourage graduate students from all disciplines to apply, including: Art and Visual Cultures, Economics, International Relations, Law, Languages or Cultural Studies, Literature, Political Science, History, and Public Policy.

To maximize opportunities for scholastic exchange, all papers will be pre-circulated and discussed in detail at the colloquium. Interested participants may have the opportunity to submit their papers for publication; more details will be made available in April. All languages are welcome:we will provide interpreters. We also offer the possibility to participate via Skype.

Topics might include, but are not limited to:

Visible and invisible practices of militarization
Media and popular culture
The language of resistance / the language of militarization
Urban planning and policing
The state of emergency
Refugees and statelessness
The internet and mobile phone as mediums of connection and organization

Please send your 300-word abstract to no later than January 31, 2018. For updates, please visit

This colloquium is made possible thanks to support from Duke University’s Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies, the Franklin Humanities Institute, the International Comparative Studies Program, the Department of Romance Studies, the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and the Program in Literature.