Centre for Global Studies

In Memory

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Patrick Lane. He came to an event we held in 2016. His poignant and touching prose still resonate. It was a gift to have been there to have heard him so we thought we would share (Hear Patrick's prose @ 1:05:41). 

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Watch Now

Watch the video of our live stream event on the "Public Debate in Turbulent Times: Media and Academia!" Pannelists included Dennis Pilon, Laurel Collins, Ben Isitt, and Tom Junes. Moderated by CFGS Director, Oliver Schmidtke

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Webinar: Crises of Democracy

What are the major problems facing democracies and how can we address them in democractic ways? Watch Boaventura de Sousa Santos and James Tully discuss this in a conversation moderated by Rebeca Macias Gimenez and Keith Cherry. 

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Webinar: Borders, Security, and Migration

Oliver Schmidtke & Elisabeth Vallet discuss how, in a global, seemingly border-free world, borders have taken on an important role of conceptualizing security and regulating migration. 

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The globe in perspective

Research for a sustainable and equitable world

Initially proposed in the Challenge Campaign launched by former President Howard Petch in 1990/91, the Centre for Global Studies (CFGS) was formally established at the University of Victoria in 1998. Leading up to Dr. Smith’s retirement (June 2012) the CFS underwent a renewal process driven by a working group established by the Office of Vice President Research. The key motivation behind the transformation of the Centre was to “build on the centre’s existing research and advocacy strengths and to ensure that the CFGS is fully woven into the academic and social fabric of UVic in the future”.

Under the leadership of its current Director, Dr. Oliver Schmidtke (Poli and History), the Centre focusses on a mandate to promote collaborative, multidisciplinary, and cross-regional research and engage in connecting research in the field of globalstudies to local, national, and international communities. As such, CFGS is uniquely positioned to bridge academic research and student mentoring with knowledge mobilization and effective community engagement. The Centre awards fellowship to advanced graduate students, international scholars, and faculty researchers. These fellowships provide office space, a fellowship stipend for graduate students/visiting scholars and course and administrative release for faculty ranging from several weeks to a year in residency.

The CFGS is also host to numerous conferences, workshops and speakers.  The centre’s activities in Victoria, Canada, and abroad are designed to promote critical citizenship in a complex and rapidly changing global environment. CFGS research and public engagement build upon the University of Victoria’s intellectual expertise in four core themes: governance, environmental challenges, social justice, and culture and identity. The CFGS strives to produce quality and practical research with tangible benefits to both the local community and internationally. The CFGS has a rich history of producing cutting edge research and disseminating it in concise and accessible ways for both policy makers and the wider community.

Watch our events online!

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The CFGS hosts conferences, workshops and speakers all year round to promote critical citizenship in a complex and rapidly changing global environment and facilitate expert discourse on defining events as they unfold. These events bridge the divide between academia and the community, as well as inform policy, decision makers and citizens on important issues. 

Many of our events are recorded so that we can share our experts' knowledge with a broader audience. 

Missed one of our events? Check out our YouTube channel to be a part of the action.

Meet our people!

View our staff, fellow, associate fellow and alumni profiles to find experts on:

  • International and comparative politics
  • Water policy and ecological governance
  • Biocultural diversity and community health
  • Constitutional law and dispute resolution
  • International law and international relations
  • International development
  • Social and political thought
  • Peacekeeping, peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction, and more...

Meet our people.