CONFERENCE 2018 THEME: Global Crisis, Local Voices

Last year DEN welcomed students from around the world to its first global conference hosted at the University of Westminster. This year the conference will return with a new theme: Global Crisis, Local Voices, and welcomes students to attend from both UK and international universities. It will be a platform where new ideas will be exchanged, new possibilities will emerge, and new voices and perspectives will be heard.

The DEN conference will once again be held at the University of Westminster on the 11th
and 12th May, 2018
. The two-day event will host a range of talks, presentations, exhibitions, live musical and theatrical performances, as well as plenty of opportunities to meet and network with both local and international students.

We will be welcoming proposals to present at the conference from students of all academic
years up to graduate level; First and second year students are encouraged to present their coursework, and we encourage all dissertation students to present their current research. This is a rewarding opportunity to share your research on an international platform. We look forward to delivering another successful conference, one which we aspire to make an annual event for students to contribute to and make their own for years to come.




Against the backdrop of global change, with the rise of new forms of populism and new modes of political backlash, this interdisciplinary student conference asks where are the local voices in this global crisis? 

We are now accustomed to the politics of Trump and Brexit, representing a significant fracture from progressive, liberal narratives of global politics and liberal markets in the Western world as well as Global South. This way of thinking about the current crisis—economic, political, moral—suggest that we are witnessing the voices of those who have been ‘left behind’ by globalization. This conference invites participants to engage with local perspectives (or “voices”) to make sense of the changing contours of our shared worlds. 

Fukuyama famously declared ‘the end of history’ with the collapse of the Berlin Wall, signaling the triumph of liberal democracy over communism. But are we now witnessing the confirmed end of the liberal history which has been sustained by globalization, neoliberal markets, and racialized models of economic and political wellbeing?

While there have been some benefits from greater economic interdependence, this liberal approach has not been able to provide answers to the discontents of globalization such as growing inequality within and across countries and environmental degradation. In the name of further economic integration, ‘ localized’ problems have been often sidelined. And this has contributed to the rise of populism and anti-immigration sentiments across ‘the West’. The Global South has not been immune from similar trends of populism, xenophobia and violent identity politics and the post-colonial dream of building inclusive new nation-states have become secondary to the emergence of majoritarianism.   

This phenomenon has driven global justice and international development into new areas and reverting to old paradigms now seems impossible. The conference asks what spaces exist to think creatively, critically, and compassionately about our current and future worlds? 

Can a new approach lead to a more equal and more just global economy? Can we empower new voices and include the voices of the ‘left behind’ subjects? Are Brexit (and its demand to ‘take back control’) and the election of Trump just the beginning of a more divided, polarized, and racialized world? Is the right-wing populism the new "end of history" moment? How are identity politics around gender, race, and/or sexuality responding to and influenced by the right-wing populism?  

In order to bring out different voices (from a range of diverse perspectives) we encourage undergraduate and masters students from around the world that discuss the challenges and responses to this new phase of globalization. The old approach has shown that the new debate on globalization or post globalization should include many and diverse points of view. For this reason, we encourage students from around the world to present on topics related to the issue such as: economics, political science, international relations, international security, gender and sexuality, international institutions, international development, sociology, social policy, media studies, philosophy, comparative literature, international law, criminology, and cultural studies.


  • Economics after globalization: are we witnessing growing inequality?
  • The end of the global: Have we reached the end of the global?
  • Dangerous worlds: What are the challenges, risks, and dangers encountered at the end of globalization?
  • Law: International humanitarian law and humanitarian intervention: are we witnessing the death of ‘universal’ human rights?
  • Rethinking development: Is international development in crisis?
  • Living globalization differently: what can we learn from the ‘non-West’?
  • Rethinking gender and sexuality within international society: how are gender and sexuality mobilized through new forms of politics?
  • Rethinking intergovernmental cooperation: are we witnessing the end of global governance and liberal institutionalism?
  • The responsibility of states and citizens: what duties do we have to those displaced, dispossessed, and alienated by new forms of populism?
  • Global capitalism: are we witnessing new forms of economic nationalism?
  • Media and democracy: have ‘fake news’ enhanced or killed democracy?
  • Alt-Right and the politics of backlash: how and why has the alternative right rejected mainstream conservatism?

Please note that this list is indicative only: we welcome a broad range of contributions concerned with topic areas linked to globalization and global change. The Westminster Global Challenge asks participants to think beyond the conventional and we welcome presentations, panels, papers which challenge people to think differently about global issues.

Individuals may also register and attend the conference as an observer without submitting or presenting any work.


  • Recognition of your work on an international platform as a presenter.
  • All accepted abstract/full papers will be published in the conference proceedings both print and online version
  • Potentially identify your future collaborative partnerships among international, vibrant and scholarly audience
  • Sharing ideas and meeting with students from around the world, forging new networks and opportunities for post-graduate life.
  • Certificate of participation for presentations; certificate of attendance for those attending only.


  • This conference is designed primarily for undergraduate and master’s students as too often there is insufficient space given to presenting research at this level.

Submission Deadline- 11th April

Conference Date- 11th May-12th May

Book tickets for attendance

Venue- Room UG04-UG05, University of Westminster, 309 Regent St, Marylebone, London W1B 2HW

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