Newsletter Issue 1: 2 - 2021
The GSC Newsletter is a peer-reviewed bi-annual publication publishing notes and short articles of 200 to 800 words. It is published online and also sent out as a pdf to members of an ever-increasing community. Its focus is on Global Studies, that is, the investigation of political, economic, social, and cultural matters directly or tangentially linked to “the global.” A micro-macro perspective, or global-local perspective is common though not required. Among the topics are diversity, eurocentrism, nationalisms, ecology, glocalization, communication, technology transfer, cultural productions at the time of globalization. The GSC Newsletter is a unique outlet for succinctly formulated arguments, hypotheses, informal reflections, interviews, reports, or new methods. Book reviews are welcome.
1. Manal Hosny and Carine Zanchi: Why We Should Decolonize the University Curriculum. Applied to the Middle East, “decolonizing the curriculum” gains a new dimension. Regardless of the minority context, Middle Eastern students cannot find themselves in the Western textbook with which they study. To get students involved we need to make a real effort to decenter the curriculum. Go to article
2. Arnaud Lacheret: French Female Managers of North African Origin: Integration “à la Française”. Our last book addressed the way female managers from the Gulf negotiate a certain space of freedom within their families, for example having the right to study. I have reproduced this study and handed the same questionnaire to female managers from the second generation of North African immigrants to France. Go to article
3. Ben Bennett-Carpenter: Preface to the Global as Trope-ical. What’s the first thing that comes to mind for you when you hear the word “global”? Beyond the global as system or sphere, I have in mind the ways it may work as metaphor, metonymy, synecdoche, and irony, or dialectic. This short essay reflects briefly on some initial associations that may arise in the context of exploring global studies. Go to article
4. Connie Price: Naturalism in America Today. The attempted coup at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, 2021, exposed the country’s subsistence on racism and denial. Ideas from political philosophy can encourage honesty about our crises. One such concept is naturalism. Another is Thomas Hobbes’ argument for the social contract. Thirdly, David Hume’s “sympathy” comprises his affirmation of political being. Go to article
5. Danish A. Ahmed. Non-English Languages Enrich Scientific Knowledge. Does science only speak English? The exclusive focus on the English language in scientific research hinders effective communication between scientists, practitioners, and policy makers whose mother tongue is non-English. This barrier in scientific knowledge and data transfer leads to significant knowledge gaps and creates biases in many fields of science. Go to article
6. Nesma Elsakaan: Beyond Ibn Hawqal’s Judgment on Palermo and Its Denizens. In 972, the Iraqi traveler Ibn Hawqal visited Palermo, the capital of Sicily under Kalbid rule. In his book, Kitāb al-Masālik wa-l-mamālik, he reports some aspects of the city and depicts its Muslim denizens as unsympathetic, accusing them of ‘foolishness’ (naqṣ ‘uqūlihim), ‘turbulence’ (khiffat al-’admigha), and ‘bad breath’ (fasād ḥawāshīhim). Go to article
7. Gereon Kopf: How to talk across Boundaries. Despite all efforts to improve dialogue and exchange between cultures, religions, or ideologies the world today seems to be more bifurcated than ever. This essay will provide a metapsychology of this problem and suggests twenty rules of engagement of how to overcome boundaries, real and imagined, physical and ideological. Go to article
BOOK REVIEW: Alfarabi’s Book of Dialectic: On the Starting Point of Islamic Philosophy. The first complete English translation of Alfarabi’s Kitāb al-jadal, a commentary on Aristotle’s Topics devoted to the art of dialectic (Cambridge University Press, 2019). Review by Catarina Belo. Go to review
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