Framing the Global Conference 2013

September 26 - September 28, 2013

Indiana University Bloomington

Global studies emerged in the 1980s as scholars, policymakers, and the general public began to take note of the increasingly transnational flows of people, ideas, and goods that have come to be identified under the rubric of globalization. Interest in global phenomena has since spread to every discipline in the social sciences and humanities, to become an intellectual touchstone in the academy and beyond. Despite increasing popular and scholarly attention to global issues, no clear consensus has emerged regarding the most fundamental definitions of terms or appropriate empirical methods for studying the global.

This conference will explore emerging directions and methodologies for global research. The scholars 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. The conference will extend that conversation to include other scholars and practitioners with similar concerns.

Framing the Global is a five-year collaboration between the Center for the Study of Global Change at Indiana University and Indiana University Press funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Keynote Speakers

Arjun Appadurai

Paulette Goddard Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University

Professor at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University, Arjun Appadurai is a contemporary social-cultural anthropologist. In his anthropological work, he discusses the importance of the modernity of nation states and globalization.
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Gillian Hart

Professor of Geography, University of California Berkeley

Professor of Geography and Co-Chair of Development Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and Honorary Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Gillian Hart has worked in her native South Africa, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Malaysia on questions of agrarian change, labor, and gender. Her more recent work critically engages issues and debates of globalization, neoliberalism, nationalism, and the rise of new social movements. Her books include Disabling Globalization: Places of Power in Post-Apartheid South Africa (University of California Press and University of Natal Press, 2002); Rethinking the South African Crisis: Nationalism, Populism, Hegemony (University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2013; forthcoming with University of Georgia Press) and a co-edited volume entitled Gramsci: Space, Nature, Politics (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).
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Yasmina Zaidman

Director of Communications & Strategic Partnerships, Acumen Fund

As Director of Communications & Strategic Partnerships, Yasmina Zaidman works with diverse audiences and strategic partners in the international development, philanthropic, academic and corporate sectors to share insights and replicable models from Acumen Fund's investment portfolio.
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The tentative schedule is below.

Call For Papers

Submissions are now closed, but click below to read the original call for papers.

Travel & Accommodations

Image via @IMUHotel

Image via @IMUHotel

HOST HOTEL: Indiana Memorial Union (IMU)

900 East 7th Street
Bloomington, IN 47405

The Indiana Memorial Union (IMU) operates as a hotel, a conference center and a student union. The IMU is located in the center of campus surrounded by woods, walking paths and a stream. Conference registration, pre-conference workshops, paper presentations, poster session, opening plenary, and welcome reception and will be held in the IMU. For your convenience, we recommend that you book your hotel reservations at the IMU. If you are a guest at the IMU Hotel, parking is complimentary in the two lots immediately adjacent the hotel.



By Phone: 800.209.8145

We encourage you to make your reservation early because Indiana University and the Bloomington community are popular fall travel destinations. Additionally, the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival, which is a big attraction, will be held the weekend of the conference. When reserving at the IMU, please indicate that you are part of the Framing the Global conference, Group Code CENTER13. The conference block of rooms will be released to the general public on August 26, 2013.


Hilton Garden Inn: A limited number of rooms are available at a discounted rate. Contact Dan Burton (phone:  812-961-3913; email: and tell him you are a Framing the Global conference participant.

While there is a wide range of lodging options in the community, many are booked with other events. Information about other hotel options is available at: Bloomington Hotels & Accommodations. We strongly encourage you to make hotel reservations as soon as possible.


Flights should be booked to Indianapolis International Airport. Please note that Bloomington, Indiana, is not served by a commercial airline.

Transportation from Indianapolis Airport to campus and return


Go Express Travel (Bloomington Shuttle)

Star of America


Classic Touch Limousine Service

Driving directions to IMU

Image via somegeekintin (Flickr)

Image via somegeekintin (Flickr)

From the South:
From Louisville, Kentucky: Take I-65 north from Louisville to Columbus, Indiana (approximately one-hour drive).  From Columbus, take Indiana Highway 46 west to Bloomington. (State highway is two lanes and winds through the hills.) Travel east approximately one hour to Bloomington. Upon entering the commercial and residential district, Highway 46 becomes East Third Street. Continue heading west on Third Street, which becomes a one-way street heading west. You will pass campus on your right. Turn right (north) at Indiana Avenue. At the intersection of Seventh and Indiana, turn right (east) on Seventh. Turn right into the Indiana Memorial Union circle drive/parking lot.

From the West:
From St. Louis and points west, take Interstate 70 east to Terre Haute.  From Terre Haute, take Indiana Highway 46 east to Bloomington. Travel east approximately one hour to Bloomington. Continue to College Avenue, which is one-way going south. Turn right on College Avenue and continue to 7th Street. Turn left (east) on 7th Street. Continue through the stop signs to the Indiana Memorial Union.

From the North:
From Chicago, take Interstate 65 to Indianapolis. Take 465 Bypass southwest to Highway 37.
From Detroit / Lansing areas, take Highway 69 to Indianapolis. Take 465 Bypass southeast to Highway 37.

From Indianapolis, take Indiana Highway 37 south. Travel south for approximately one hour to the first Bloomington exit (College Avenue/Business 37 exit). Continue south on College Avenue as it becomes one-way.  Turn left (east) on 7th Street and continue through the stop signs to the Indiana Memorial Union.

From the East:
From Columbus, OH, take Interstate 70 to Indianapolis. Take 465 Bypass south to Highway 37.
From Cincinnati, OH, take Interstate 74 to Indianapolis. Take 465 Bypass south to Highway 37.
Follow directions listed above from Indianapolis. 

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