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The Ends of the Global: A Roundtable

When: Friday, May 26, 2023, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: Senior Common Room, ArtsTwo Building, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS


Colleagues in the School of Languages Linguistics and Film invite you to a roundtable discussion about the use of the term ‘global.’ 

Funded by the IHSS Global Epistemologies Research Programme, ‘The Ends of the Global’ seeks to spark an intellectually rigorous dialogue about the use of the term ‘global.’ What are its definitions and referents? To what uses has the term been put, both historically and more recently? What are the limitations of ‘global’ as a term, and what conceptual alternatives might we work with instead?

A reflection on the ‘global’ requires the joining of expertise from across a range of disciplines, as well as of languages and contexts.  As such, the roundtable features colleagues from diverse schools and faculties across QMUL. Each will speak for a few minutes about the challenges this term raises in their scholarship and their discipline, before the floor is opened to responses and broader discussion. Colleagues are encouraged to bring problems, questions, and concerns from their own research to what should be a fascinating conversation! 

Coffee and refreshments will be provided.

For queries or further information, please email either Dr Kasia Mika-Bressolin ( or Dr Shital Pravinchandra (


Leslie James, Senior Lecturer in Global History

Jonathan Kennedy, Reader in Politics and Global Health

Isabelle Roele, Senior Lecturer in Law

Kim Wagner, Professor of Global and Imperial History

Discussion will be facilitated by participants in ‘The Ends of the Global’ scheme. 

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