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Since its inception in 1998, the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition has contributed to research and teaching excellence about globalizing processes and how these come to bear upon our lives, our communities, and the environment in which we live.  Graduate students learn about these processes through the unique interdisciplinary MA in Globalization Studies, which provides students with the opportunity to think creatively about cultural, political, social and economic globalizing processes in the contemporary era, as well as through IGHC’s participation in the MSc in Global Health.

Institute members have achieved Canadian and international recognition in their respective areas of research, including conflict and security, environmental sustainability, labour and the economy, identity and religion, indigeneity, governance and citizenship, health and social policy, historical perspectives, and literature, media and popular culture.  Currently, working groups are actively engaged in the following areas of research: Globalization and Time, Austerity, Asian Studies, and Transnationalism and HIV/AIDS. The Institute also has a tradition of hosting Fulbright Fellows and of bringing to campus internationally recognized scholars working on various aspects of globalizing processes.

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  • The IGHC is uniquely positioned to foster an intellectual community of faculty and students working across disciplines on the phenomenon of globalization approached from various critical perspectives. Focusing on the relation between the local and the global, it aims to examine the impact of and tension created by the forces of globalization in a variety of areas, including the environment, health, civil society, government, trade, cultural production, and political activism.


  • The IGHC plays a crucial role in promoting research and teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels on global and international issues and themes. It will be a significant contributor to the academic and intellectual sides of the University's internationalization mission, contributing to research excellence, student experience, and community engagement. It not only seeks to integrate students into research and creative project on globalization and bring scholarly research into the classroom, but it also aims to examine the activist impact of globalization scholarship in the material world.


Sessional Faculty Positions Available September 1, 2014

Instructors needed to teach Globalization Studies 710*, Globalization: An Introduction. Visit the following links for more details.

Application Deadline: July 10, 2014

Postdoctoral Fellowship Available September 1, 2014

Primary responsibilities for this position will involve background research and the development of a curriculum and program of study for a new interdisciplinary undergraduate degree in globalization with some emphasis on international development, human rights and/or the environment.Click here for more details.

Application Deadline: June 30, 2014


IGHC Events

MRP Work-In-Progress Colloquium

May 26, 2014

Time: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Location: CNH 607
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario

A Talk by Shih-Jiunn Shi: "Changing Politics of Social Policy in China: Blame Avoidance and Credit Claiming in an Adaptive Authoritarian State"

April 2, 2014

Time: 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Location: C201, Skylight Room
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario

A Talk by Douglas Tewksbury: "Digital Solidarity, Analog Mobilization: The Politics of Being-Together and the Social/Mobile Media Uses of the Quebec Student strike"

March 27, 2014

Time: 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Location: KTH 732
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario

A Talk by John Hobson: "Orientalization in Globalization: An Historical Sociology of the Promiscuous (Trans-Civilization) Architecture of Globalization"

March 20, 2014

Time: 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Location: UC, Great Hall
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario


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