Call for Papers

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Themes and Questions

Relevant research topics might include, but are certainly not limited to, the following:

     1.     The Multinational Corporation and Geography: What is the role of multinational corporations in today’s globalized world? Are multinational firms transcending geography, crossing multiple geographies, or transposing a particular geography? How powerful are multinational corporations today? How do multinational firms relate to nation states and vice versa? Does the perception of multinational corporations change in relation to the state of national economies?


    2.     State Capitalism and Geography: Do we see a return of state capitalism? How similar/different is contemporary state capitalism from its historical antecedents? What are the geographical implications of this return of state capitalism?


    3.     History, Culture, and Geography: What is the interplay between geography and historical and cultural heritage? What are some of the interesting ways in which the consequences of colonialism or the transatlantic slave trade still evident in the contemporary geography of globalization? Are culture and geography determinant of destiny? Can we free ourselves from the colonial and slave encounter to reinvent a more sustainable kind of globalization? 


    4.     Finance, Risk, and Geography: How does geography matter to finance? How does geography impact the capacity to access credit and establish creditworthiness in today’s world? Are capital markets global? How does the geography of finance inscribe itself in different regions of the world? What are the consequences in terms of risk of this peculiar geography?


    5.     People and Geography: How does globalization play out on individuals – increasing the distance between those embedded in local geographies and a minority of footloose cosmopolitans or turning all connected individuals into “rooted cosmopolitans”? Is the cosmopolitan impulse only for the rich? Can the poor become cosmopolitan? What are the long term impacts of “brain drain” on home countries? How might the financial and economic crisis impact movements of people across national boundaries? 


    6.     Global Value Chains and Geography: What are the changing geographical footprints of global value chains? How do global value chains generate positive or negative externalities? Has the idea of work been redefined through the emergence of those global value chains? How do global value chains impact local geographies – in Europe, in the Americas, in Africa, and in Asia? 


    7.     Agglomerations and Geography: How do cities reconcile the constitutive contradictions between sites of globalization and deeply localized geographies? Can agglomerations such as cities or industrial clusters be made to order? 


    8.     Diversity, Globalization, and Geography: What does the management of diversity mean in a globalizing world? What is its impact on the management of human resources, on marketing, and on strategy? How does the diversity outside the firm impact practices inside the firm? 


    9.     Governance and Geography: Can globalization and the global firms be governed? What are the geographical dimensions, implications, and limits of transnational governance? 


    10.  Focus on Asia: Is Asian growth inevitable or fragile? What are the most significant consequences of the massive social and economic transformation happening in Asian countries? Do sub-national regions in Asia matter? If so, in what ways do they matter?