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Re-imagining the Future: Videos of York’s “The Future of Global Governance”

As promised, here are the video podcasts of “The Future of Global Governance?”

The conference was held on Wednesday 25 May 2011, 11:00-18:00, at York University, Toronto. The podcasts are edited by Stephen Gill and Grant W. McNair, York University.

Please click on the links below to view the podcasts of the presentations and discussions at this landmark conference, which featured a group of leading critical thinkers on geopolitics, international affairs, ethics, law, global society and political economy drawn from Canada and internationally. It was sponsored by York University, the Canada Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Trudeau Foundation.

Part 1: Global Governance, Law and Legitimacy

  • A. Dr Mamdouh Shoukri, President, York University: “Welcome to the event & remarks on a recent visit to Egypt”. Click here

  • B. Stephen Gill. Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science, York University: Introductory remarks. “Global Governance: of what and for whom? Global crises and challenges for global governance”. Click here
  • C. Plenary Address by Richard Falk, Millbank Emeritus Professor of International Law and Politics, Princeton University and Distinguished Visiting Research Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara: “Horizons of Future Global Governance”.
    [In two parts] Part 1 Part 2

  • D. Respondent to Richard Falk: Upendra Baxi, President Emeritus University of Delhi, Professor Emeritus of Law Universities of Delhi and Warwick: “Crises and contradictions; questions of politics, resistance, revolution and justice”. Click here
  • Question and Answer with Professors Richard Falk and Upendra Baxi Click here

Part 2. Social Governance, Trade and Investment

  • A. Introduction by Claire Cutler, Professor of International Politics and Law, University of Victoria. Click here

  • B. Janine Brodie, Canada Research Chair in Social Governance and Political Economy, University of Alberta and Trudeau Fellow: “The Crisis of the Social; income inequality, neo-liberal governance and social literacy”. Click here
  • C. Scott Sinclair, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives: “Trade and Investment Agreements and prospects for progressive governance”. Click here
  • D. Remarks by Claire Cutler followed by questions from the floor & responses by Janine Brodie and Scott Sinclair. Click here

Part 3: Critical Perspectives on the Future of Global Governance

  • A. Introductory remarks by Isabella Bakker, Professor of Political Science, York University and Trudeau Fellow.
    Followed by:

  • B. Saskia Sassen, Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University: “Expulsions: how will global governance respond to growing inequality and global dispossession?”
    To hear both: click here

  • C. Upendra Baxi: “Progressive global governance (PGG) and progressive global resistance (PGR). The global rule of law, justice and public and insurgent reason”. Click here
  • D. Remarks by Isabella Bakker and Richard Falk. Click here
  • E. Questions from the floor & responses by Saskia Sassen and Upendra Baxi.
    Followed by a brief expression of thanks by Patrick Monahan, Provost and Vice President Academic, York University. Click here

For further details of the conference program, sponsors and information about the speakers, plus developing news about publication plans see my earlier postings on this website and also the conference site.

Surveillance, Finance & Production: Commercial and Military Power in an Era of Networked Capitalism

Google and Google Scholar searches suggest that one of my earlier articles on related subjects published in 1995 as “The Global Panopticon?” in the journal Alternatives has disappeared from the internet. To make this more widely available this article is posted here since – at least in my view – some of its concerns endure (it involves a dialogue with the likes of Bentham, Marx, Foucault and various theorists of neo-liberalism).

Nonetheless some of its notes on the internet may seem outdated or even quaint in light of the massive amplification of surveillance/networking technologies related to both military and commercial developments such as Facebook, Google etc. I think it can still, however, be read as an early theorization of some of the contradictions of contemporary capitalist development, e.g see Part III, especially the section on “The risky business of global finance”, where I noted its propensity to sudden collapse because of its self-regulation, financial innovations (e.g. derivatives) and capture of state interests by Wall Street in the USA, to say nothing of the lack of effective or prudential global regulation of finance.

Here is a PDF copy of that piece:

Taming the Subject in Networked Capitalism: Prevention & Control Strategies

In the summer of 2009 I spoke at a conference in Zurich: Shaping Europe in a Globalized World? Protest Movements and the Rise of a Transnational Civil Society. At that conference I attended a very interesting panel that provided theories and case studies related to efforts to ‘prevent and tame’ political protest.

Subsequently the organizers asked me to write a preface for the book edited by Peter Ullrich and others, “Prevent and Tame: Protest Under (Self) Control” (Berlin: Verlag 2010). Please follow this link for the pdf of my preface.

This preface can be read in conjunction with the interview I gave on summit/policing strategies in an earlier posting. See Thoughts from Lock Down Toronto: Reflections on the 2010 G8/G20 Summits.

Global Crises and the Crisis of Global Leadership

My new edited volume is now in press and will appear in October 2011.
Here is the link to the Cambridge University Press page where orders can be placed for the volume, which will appear simultaneously in both paperback and hardback – the former has been attractively priced.

The Cambridge page contains an overview, key points,  contents and list of contributors for the book: