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Indiana University Bloomington

Fall 2013  Connectedness: Networks in a Complex World

LECTURES: Framing the Global Conference, Keynotes & Plenary Lectures

Framing the Global

When: September 26 - September 28, 2013
Where: Indiana Memorial Union, Tree Suites and Frangipani Room

Conference Website:

Opening Keynote by Arjun Appadurai (New York University)
Plenary Lecture by Yasmina Zaidma (Acumen Fund)
Closing Plenary Lecture
by Gillian Hart (University of California-Berkeley)

Departmental Sponsors:
College of Arts and Sciences - Themester, Center for the Study of Global Change, Indiana University Press, The Kelley School of Business Institute for Social Impact , The College Arts & Humanities Institute, School of Global and International Studies


This conference will explore emerging directions and methodologies for global studies. Global research needs methods and theories that mirror the complexity of the networks in which we live. The fellows in the Mellon Foundation-funded Framing the Global project have been addressing this question collaboratively and through their own work, which is characterized by interdisciplinarity, empirical grounding, and a concern with tracing the links between the transnational and the local in a variety of lived, political, discursive, cultural, and social domains.

Keynote speakers are Arjun Appadurai (New York University), whose work addresses the nature of networks, connections, and flows--of things, people, images, and ideas; Gillian Hart (UC-Berkeley), who works collaboratively with a group of South African and Indonesian scholars and activists to explore the rise of agrarian movements in post-apartheid South Africa and post-Suharto Indonesia, and the connections they are forging with one another; and Yasmina Zaidman from the Acumen Fund, a company that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of global poverty and whose founder, Jacqueline Novogratz, is author of The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World.

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