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Dear [name],
Globalisation Studies Groningen

Groningen goes global! You are now reading the first electronic Newsletter of the GSG with news on globalization-related activities at the University of Groningen. It gives you an overview of recent and new activities and projects of University of Groningen colleagues,  announcements, calls for proposals etc. It gives you easy electronic access to a wealth of information. For each short item you can click to read more on that topic.
The Newsletter is produced by GSG temporary staff members Marloes Viet and Gerlin de Lange. Please take this Newsletter as an invitation to report your own news and plans to be included in the next Newsletter – to appear in three months’ time.
  About the GSG

Globalisation Studies Groningen (GSG) is an inter-faculty and interdisciplinary institute that spans the entire University of Groningen. It connects academic work of research groups and individuals issues relating to globalisation, development and humanitarianism. Its aim is to stimulate, support and initiate research projects, educational programmes, North-South linkages and project applications in these related fields, thus contributing to the global profile of the university.
  GSG director Joost Herman appointed as Professor in Globalisation Studies and Humanitarian Action

We are proud to announce that the GSG now has his own professorial position. Joost Herman, director of both the NOHA programme and the GSG will be appointed Professor in Globalisation Studies and Humanitarian Action as from 1 April 2012. Read more on his work.
  Major conferences and public events GSG

  • 15 March: Promotion ceremony Ulla Pape. Read more
  • 15 March: Round table with Marius Olivier, a prominent South African researcher in Social Security systems for African microinsurance, and informal social security. If you are interested to participate please indicate your best time for next Thursday to p.boele@rug.nl.
  • 19 March: Deadline for Coimbra Group Fellowships application
  • 21 March: Presentation Nina Hansen for Participation Group
  • 16-20 April: NOHA Spring School in Humanitarian Action (Vilnius, Lithuania). See below or click here.
  • 7-8 May: Conference: A crisis of legitimacy? Rethinking transition and globalization (Rijeka, Croatia), co-organised by The Department of Cultural Studies at the University of Rijeka and Research in Ethics and Globalisation, RUG. Read more (pdf)
  • 20-30 May: Early School Leaving in Africa (ESLA) (Groningen), closed PhD conference with African and European researchers. Organised by the Adult Education Department and GSG.
    Read more
  • 7-16 July: Medical Sciences Summer School Global Health (Groningen). See below or click here.
  • 9-20 July: The European International Relations Summer School; World Society & Energy Transition (Groningen). See below or click here.
  • 3-13 August: Summer School on Transitional Justice (Sousse, Tunisia). See below or click here.
  • 19-31 August: Land Issues in the Age of Globalisation, EU Intensive Programme of Coimbra Group Development Master Initiative (Szeged and Zanga-Balaton, Hungary). See below or click here.
  • 13-15 December: Biographies in Times of Crisis: Exploring religious narratives of Aids in Africa and the African Diaspora (Groningen). Call for papers at http://www.rug.nl/gsg/News/call_for_papers

Successful Launch of Globalisation Studies Groningen on December 21, 2011
The launching of the GSG was celebrated with a vibrant event of exchanges and presentations on December 21rst, 2011. With the title: “Sustainable Society, Healthy Ageing and Energy in Global Contexts: Trans-Disciplinary Invitations” the GSG explicitly connected with the three core themes of the University of Groningen. Key GSG researchers professors Inge Hutter and Marcel Timmer kicked off the themes, before we involved everybody in an experimental ‘speed dating exercise which gave some fifty Groningen researchers as well as many young ‘global’ visiting scholars the occasion to introduce their work is shifting ‘join my table’ sessions.’ Click here to read the whole article.


  1. Neo-Liberalism in Latin America. NALACS (Netherlands Latin American Studies Association) annual conference organized by Dr. Leandro Vergara – November 2010. Read more (pdf)
  2. Africa for Sale. NVAS (Netherlands Association of African Studies) conference Africa for Sale (organised by Dr. Michel Doortmont) – November 2010. Read more
  3. 10 years NOHA Celebration Conference – December 2010. Read more
  4. Early School Leaving in Africa (ESLA). Closed one-week seminar, organised by Adult Education Department and GSG – May 2011
  5. The Second European Research Conference on Microfinance. Co-organised with CIBIF, GSG of RUG and e-MPF Brussels – June 2011. Read more
  6. Third World, First Hand: New Perspectives from the Global South. Series of public lectures on Development, Latin America, Arab Spring and Booming Africa. Co-organised with Groninger Forum and GSG (financed by NCDO) – Fall 2011. Read more (pdf)

The GSG is currently working on the following projects:
GSG Web Community
Marloes Viet and Gerlin de Lange will assist the GSG in developing our public relations and web-facilitated internal communication. They are developing a GSG Web Community which will include personal ‘profiles’ of all RUG researchers active on Globalisation, thus greatly enhancing external visibility of our Globalisation-related work and also facilitating lively internal communication. You will all be contacted in the coming months to have your best Profile. Read more
You can contact Marloes and Gerlin via e-mail: M.viet@rug.nl and Gerlin.de.Lange@rug.nl
African Biosafety Network of Expertise - Read more

The Company Pride Platform - Read more

LISBOAN – Erasmus Academic Network - Read more

COST Project - Read more

The Humanitarian Genome Project - Read more

Making Democracy Network - Read more
  PhD research

Civil Society and the Politics of HIV/AIDS in Russia
On 15 March 2012 Ulla Pape will defend her PhD thesis entitled “Civil Society and the Politics of HIV/AIDS in Russia”. The study particularly focuses on the cooperation between civil society organisations and Russian state institutions and questions the organisations’ ability to influence policy-making in the field of HIV/AIDS. Based on qualitative case studies in Tomsk, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad and Moscow, the dissertation aims to understand how civil society organisations have responded to social needs and to what extent they have been able to contribute to the fight against the epidemic.
  Opinion pieces

Read how our director, Joost Herman, thinks about the costs of humanitarian action in his article ‘Disaster and conflict prevention always gives a good return on investment’.

In November of last year Pieter Boele van Hensbroek visited China for two presentations. Find his impressions ‘Groningen philosopher strayed in China’.
On February 23rd this year, Joost Herman was interviewed on Dutch National Radio (Casa Luna) on the relevance of multilateral decision making and the necessity of aid. Click here to listen to the interview.

Development Studies
The university-wide Minor Development Studies was closed on January 27 with a conference where student papers were presented and the programme evaluated. Some fifty students participated in the minor of 30 EC with courses from Economics, Arts, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and Spatial Sciences. The evaluation was very positive: “a Great Minor”, “Best learning experience in my BA”.
Read more
  Summer Schools

NOHA Spring School in Humanitarian Action
Vilnius, Lithuania, 16-20 April 2012
This Spring School aims at training professionals dealing with projects in Humanitarian Action (HA) in order to give them a critical overview of HA in a multidisciplinary perspective and the relevant information for evaluation of projects. New challenges in HA will also be examined. Interested? You can apply for this Spring School till 19th of March. Read more

Medical Sciences Summer School Global Health
Groningen, 7-16 July 2012
International Federation of Medical Students’ Association Groningen will be organizing the 7th Summer School on Global Health. The 5 day programme will be divided into 5 pillars of Global Health: Equality, Economics and Right to Medicine; Disaster Medicine; Reproductive Health; Infectious Diseases and Non-Communicable Diseases.
Interested? You can apply for the Summer School till 1st of April. Read more

The European International  Relations Summer School; World Society & Energy Transition
Groningen, 9-20 July 2012
The Summer School focuses on three disciplinary approaches of energy transition by placing them in the context of new theoretical approaches of World Society. The first angle comes from International Relations, the second from Economics and the third from the Natural Sciences. Contrasting the literature from these angles leads to surprising and innovative questions.
The application deadline for this Summer School is closed. Read more

Summer School on Democracy and Transitional Justice
Sousse, Tunisia, 3-13 August 2012
Research in Ethics and Globalisation (REG) has decided to return to Tunisia one year after these dramatic events to offer students the possibility to learn firsthand about political and legal transformations from a dynamic team of local scholars, activists and politicians as well as IBIO staff. Themes that will be covered during the course include regional perspectives on: Transitional Justice, Human rights, Democratization, State of emergency law, The political changes in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.
Interested? You can apply for the Summer School till 14th of April. Read more

EU Intensive Programme “Land Issues in the Age of Globalisation” of the Coimbra Group Development Master Initiative (CGDMI)
Szeged and Zanga-Balaton, Hungary, 19-31 August 2012
The programme focuses on land reform and conflicts over land in development processes, including planning, social, environmental and historical aspects of the subject. It is a highly interactive 10-days learning experience with much field work and case work assisted by specialized professors from the European Network.
Interested? Registration is now open! Read more
  University of Groningen
Globalisation Studies Groningen
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