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You are invited to participate in the Westminster Global Challenge, an international student conference organised by the Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR) at the University of Westminster in partnership with the recently founded Democratic Education Network (DEN) within DPIR.


University of Westminster 309 Regent Street London, United Kingdom

5th-6th May 2017



The first section examines the challenges facing our changing world and will address a variety of issues, ranging from economics to politics, development, and international law. This past year has witnessed an unprecedented wave of anti-globalisation sentiment around the world.  Populist movements against traditional nationalist narratives have signalled the greatest challenge yet seen to global cosmopolitanism and the ‘triumph of liberalism’.  In political discourse, protectionism and isolationism continue to dominate elections, policies and discussions throughout the world.  Anti-immigration stances have dominated the Western political scene as citizens perceive their identity to be under threat. The once robust network of free trade agreements and economic interdependence are now being viewed with suspicion, despite the widespread benefits (real or imagined) global trade has brought consumers around the world.  This is happening, not in spite of globalisation, but as a response to it.  

Our conference encourages students from around the world to present on topics linked to globalisation

Globalisation is not just a political or economic process; it operates as a global movement, changing our accounts of what it means to be human. To revert back to 20th century understandings of global affairs is now practically impossible, so it is crucial to investigate how globalisation functions across the world, highlighting the multitude of different lived experiences and human stories.  In a truly ‘global’ fashion, we strongly encourage participants from around the world to present papers which discuss the challenges facing a (post)-globalised world from their own unique perspectives.  Too often, studies of globalisation compartmentalise the phenomenon from the perspective of one discipline and one location. Our hope is to provide a forum for a wide range of scholars from several disciplines to understand the connections linking contemporary responses to globalisation. 

Our conference encourages students from around the world to present on topics linked to globalisation: 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.  

Possible Panel/Paper/Presentation Themes:

  • Economics after globalisation: 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 globalisation?
  • Law: International humanitarian law and humanitarian intervention: are we witnessing the death of ‘universal’ human rights?
  • Rethinking development: Is international development in crisis?
  • Living globalisation differently: what can we learn from the ‘non-West’?
  • Rethinking gender and sexuality within international society: how is gender and sexuality mobilised through new forms of politics?
  • Rethinking intergovernmental cooperation: are we witnessing the end of global governance and liberal institutionalism?
  • 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: has ‘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 globalisation 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 partner 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
  • Certicate of participation for presentations; certifiate of attendance for those attending only.

Who Should Attend?

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.

Early-career researchers, academics as well as think-tank representatives are also welcome to attend.

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Paper Submission Details

Submission process – How to submit?

The authors must submit their file in Microsoft Word format file via email to:

Final decision on the paper submission will be conveyed within a week. Submission by any other mode shall NOT be accepted.


For further information please contact Greg Aasen or Andrea Montalvo