Global Talks

 

One of the central objectives of the Centre for Global Studies is the creation of a community of scholars and of scholarship. “Global Talks” are weekly discussions/presentations set aside where we are able to listen to presentations from researchers within CFGS, the university more broadly, and also invited guest speakers. Essentially, this is our dedicated time that we can get together to learn from each other and the broader scholarly community in a shared space.  

These take place weekly on Wednesdays from 10:30-noon. Usually we have presenters speak for 45 minutes and then have a round table discussion for the remaining time.

 

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In an effort to continue providing an enriching environment where our members can share ideas and insights, while fostering a sense of community, the CFGS administrative team decided this April to resume our regular Global Talk series using a virutal platform. 

All Global Talk recordings are available in the archive section of this page. We have also highlighted our Signature Series presentations, as well as a collection of speakers who have addressed issues pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the presentations that are uploaded to our youtube page, the video is embedded directly on our site. However, there a number of presentations that are linked through the Blackboard virtual platform. For these we recommend using Google Chrome to view. 

If you have any issues accessing the recordings, please contact the CFGS Events & Administrative Assistant, Stephanie Gruhlke, at cfgs@uvic.ca

June 2020 Signature Series 

""Boomerangst": Affording an Aging Population and Long Term Care" with Michael C. Wolfson 

With baby boomers aging, the cost of long-term care is set to triple in the next 30 years. What’s our plan for dealing with this? We’ve known for decades that the boomer generation and Canadian demographic changes are coming. Sadly, in recent months this crisis has come to the forefront as the majority of deaths from COVID-19 have occurred in long term care facilities. Join Dr. Michael Wolfson to examine this urgency and how addressing the long-term care challenge must now more than ever be a national priority.


May 2020 Signature Series

"Israel’s Borders - As Yet Unfinished Business" with David Newman

Borders between Israel and her neighbours remain fragile, at the best, and undemarcated at the worst. Out of Israels’ five borders, only two (with Egypt and Jordan) have de jure international status, two (with Lebanon and Syria) remain to be finally agreed and demarcated, while a potential fifth border (with a future Palestinian State) remains undetermined as to whether it will eventually emerge.The traditional mantra of returning to the 1967 Green Line has largely been obliterated by Israeli de facto annexation and mass settlement activity (now numbering 500,000 settlers ). The recent Trump Peace Deal (the so called deal of the century) has attempted to change the ground rules for border demarcation by accepting Israel’s right to formally annex most of the settlements, enable land / territorial exchanges between the two sides, but still leaving any future Palestinian State with far less  territory than that of the  West Bank.

This presentation examines the changing dynamics of Israel’s borders, with a particular focus on Israel, the West bank and a future Palestinian State.

The COVID Pandemic and the Climate Emergency: Lessons in Governance with Jon O'Riordan

This presentation covers the following three topics: "What are the elements of good governance for managing emergencies?"; "How fit for purpose are current levels of government?"  and "What creative solutions in governance are required to tackle the climate emergency?". The conclusions are that none of the current forms of governance can avert a climate emergency. The creative solutions involve some form of polycentric governance as the issues are global in scale; a shift to ecological citizenship and substantive citizen engagement and education.


"Intergenerational Collaboration and Interspecies Coexistence:  Youth climate activism amid the COVID crisis" with Katia and Kelly Bannister

COVID-19 has put an end to the organizing of youth climate activists in the streets, but youth are continuing to fight for climate justice. Since social isolation requirements were put in place, youth have been climate striking digitally every week on Fridays. Despite the COVID crisis, the climate remains in peril so continuing to draw attention to the climate crisis is crucial. And the root cause of the current pandemic is more climate-related than one might think. But the dramatic response to the COVID-19 pandemic is in stark contrast to the lack of effective action on climate change, despite a number of similarities between the two threats. The visceral and immediate feelings that COVID-19 can trigger in the general public are not that different from the ones many youth activists feel about climate change–and a future earth that is inhospitable to humans within their lifetime. The time for climate action remains now and intergenerational collaboration is key.


"Solidarity in the Time of Corona: Why Cuban Medical Internationalism Matters for 21st Century Global Health" with Robert Huish

On April 29th, CFGS Visiting Fellow Robert Huish spoke about Cuba's medical internationalism, which is of exponential importance especially in times of corona. 

In Cuba, it has been normal practice for decades to send health workers to various countries around the world to assist in emergencies. The well-being of the population is seen as the most important task of the state. Dr. Huish emphasized that benefits are generated there through cooperation and solidarity, and that it is therefore of enormous advantage to take Cuba as an example and model to follow and understand our options in uncertain times.


"COVID-19 and Borders: North American Borders, Trust, and the Coronavirus" with Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly and Elisabeth Vallet 

On April 15th, Dr. Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly and Dr. Elisabeth Vallet offered a special joint presentation on the effects of COVID-19 on borders and boundary lines.

Dr. Brunet-Jailly began by exploring the various policy options that have been implemented around the world and discussed why international boundary lines are not the best place to implement health policies to control the spread of COVID-19. Then, Dr. Vallet continued the discussion on how, globally, states have reacted to COVID-19 by closing borders, and how public policies have been urgently defined at boy local and national levels. Arguing that the outcomes of the global health crisis rests on the notion of trust (or lack of trust) at the heart of the relationships not only between those who govern and those who are governed but also between states. 


"Stock Market Swings & the Economic Outlook in the Era of COVID-19 - Part 1 & Part 2with Michael R. King and Chris Lawless

Concerned about the wild gyrations in global stock markets over the past three weeks? Wondering what the impact of COVID-19 will be on the economy? Or curious about the impact of government policy measures and how investors may be addressing these challenges? Prof. Michael R. King and Chris Lawless, Executive-in-Residence and former Chief Economist at BCI, discuss historical precedents that provide insights for today's events. 

The first portion of the presentation reviewed the timeline of events and market reactions to date, while the second portion focused attention on the economic outlook and implications.

Democracy and Community: Exploring a Conceptual Link in Light of the Populist Resugence with Oliver Schmidtke 

 A central force in propelling contemporary right-wing populist parties is their ability to offer a mobilizing and emotionally charged sense of community. A nationalist rhetoric and anti-immigrant sentiments are constitutive elements of right-wing populism. Manifestly, the plea of populists to re-establish the sovereign rights of the ‘people’ is not based on a democratic, participatory empowerment of the people in whose populist leaders claim to speak. Against the background of the populist surge in Western democracies, the presentation explored the link between democracy and community from a theoretical perspective arguing that the practice of democratic self-governance is indeed reliant on a substantial, functionally and procedurally pertinent sense of communal existence and shared collective identity.


Ethical Principles for Knowledge Sharing & Knowledge Coproduction with Elder Florence James, Ira Provost, Elmer Ghostkeeper, Karin Smith Fargey, Gleb Raygorodetsky, and Kelly Bannister

This co-presentation shared background information and highlighted some key elements of the new "Ethical Principles for Knowledge Sharing & Knowledge Coproduction" that are being developed as a tool to enable relationship-building and collaboration between western trained scientists and Indigenous communities. The Ethical Guidelines are comprised of nine interrelated principles that support the co-creation of ethical space for respectful cross-cultural knowledge exchanges while maintaining the integrity of the knowledge systems. 


"Boomerangst": Affording an Aging Population and Long Term Care with Michael C. Wolfson 

With baby boomers aging, the cost of long-term care is set to triple in the next 30 years. What’s our plan for dealing with this? We’ve known for decades that the boomer generation and Canadian demographic changes are coming. Sadly, in recent months this crisis has come to the forefront as the majority of deaths from COVID-19 have occurred in long term care facilities. Join Dr. Michael Wolfson to examine this urgency and how addressing the long-term care challenge must now more than ever be a national priority.


The COVID Pandemic and the Climate Emergency: Lessons in Governance with Jon O'Riordan

This presentation covers the following three topics: "What are the elements of good governance for managing emergencies?"; "How fit for purpose are current levels of government?"  and "What creative solutions in governance are required to tackle the climate emergency?". The conclusions are that none of the current forms of governance can avert a climate emergency. The creative solutions involve some form of polycentric governance as the issues are global in scale; a shift to ecological citizenship and substantive citizen engagement and education.


Geoengineering: Scenarios of potential geopolitical threats and governance responses with Edward A. (Ted) Parson

The potential of engineered responses to actively manipulate the global environment and partly offset risks from elevated greenhouse gases has been a disruptive force on the margins of climate-change policy debates for a decade, which has grown more salient due to continued delays in enacting serious emissions controls and the current pandemic.  A recent scenario exercise examined several possible forms of future geopolitical challenge from various actors’ pursuit of geoengineering deployment, and implications for near-term initiatives to develop international governance capacity.

Watch Edward A. (Ted) Parson's presentation here!


"Intergenerational Collaboration and Interspecies Coexistence:  Youth climate activism amid the COVID crisis" with Katia and Kelly Bannister

COVID-19 has put an end to the organizing of youth climate activists in the streets, but youth are continuing to fight for climate justice. Since social isolation requirements were put in place, youth have been climate striking digitally every week on Fridays. Despite the COVID crisis, the climate remains in peril so continuing to draw attention to the climate crisis is crucial. And the root cause of the current pandemic is more climate-related than one might think. But the dramatic response to the COVID-19 pandemic is in stark contrast to the lack of effective action on climate change, despite a number of similarities between the two threats. The visceral and immediate feelings that COVID-19 can trigger in the general public are not that different from the ones many youth activists feel about climate change–and a future earth that is inhospitable to humans within their lifetime. The time for climate action remains now and intergenerational collaboration is key.


"Israel’s Borders - As Yet Unfinished Business" with David Newman

Borders between Israel and her neighbours remain fragile, at the best, and undemarcated at the worst. Out of Israels’ five borders, only two (with Egypt and Jordan) have de jure international status, two (with Lebanon and Syria) remain to be finally agreed and demarcated, while a potential fifth border (with a future Palestinian State) remains undetermined as to whether it will eventually emerge.The traditional mantra of returning to the 1967 Green Line has largely been obliterated by Israeli de facto annexation and mass settlement activity (now numbering 500,000 settlers ). The recent Trump Peace Deal (the so called deal of the century) has attempted to change the ground rules for border demarcation by accepting Israel’s right to formally annex most of the settlements, enable land / territorial exchanges between the two sides, but still leaving any future Palestinian State with far less  territory than that of the  West Bank.

This presentation examines the changing dynamics of Israel’s borders, with a particular focus on Israel, the West bank and a future Palestinian State.


"Solidarity in the Time of Corona: Why Cuban Medical Internationalism Matters for 21st Century Global Health" with Robert Huish

On April 29th, CFGS Visiting Fellow Robert Huish spoke about Cuba's medical internationalism, which is of exponential importance especially in times of corona. 

In Cuba, it has been normal practice for decades to send health workers to various countries around the world to assist in emergencies. The well-being of the population is seen as the most important task of the state. Dr. Huish emphasized that benefits are generated there through cooperation and solidarity, and that it is therefore of enormous advantage to take Cuba as an example and model to follow and understand our options in uncertain times.


"Emancipation Through the Participation of Civil Society in Contemporary Peace Building: A Case Study of Peacebuilding Efforts in Colombia"with David Romero Espitia 

On April 22nd, CFGS Graduate Student David Romero Espitia presented his Global Talk all the way from Columbia! 

In his talk "Emancipation Through the Participation of Civil Society in Contemporary Peacebuilding: A Case Study of Peacebuilding Efforts in Colombia", David argued that a new peacebuilding framework, one that reconsiders the terms of engagement between international, national and local actors is needed in order to foster effective peacebuilding efforts in contested transitional states. To support his argument, David used Columbia as a case study where he says a liberal "minimalist" peacebuilding effort is underway and the international community is contributing to the space for emancipation and the participation of civil society.  


"COVID-19 and Borders: North American Borders, Trust, and the Coronavirus" with Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly and Elisabeth Vallet 

On April 15th, Dr. Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly and Dr. Elisabeth Vallet offered a special joint presentation on the effects of COVID-19 on borders and boundary lines.

Dr. Brunet-Jailly began by exploring the various policy options that have been implemented around the world and discussed why international boundary lines are not the best place to implement health policies to control the spread of COVID-19. Then, Dr. Vallet continued the discussion on how, globally, states have reacted to COVID-19 by closing borders, and how public policies have been urgently defined at boy local and national levels. Arguing that the outcomes of the global health crisis rests on the notion of trust (or lack of trust) at the heart of the relationships not only between those who govern and those who are governed but also between states. 


"Knowledge, Democracy and Action: Progress and Challenges in the Work of the UNESCO Chair in Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education" with Budd Hall

Budd Hall and Rajesh Tandon, a UVic Honorary Doctorate recipient, and founding President of Participatory Research in Asia have worked together on matters of research and social justice for 40 years.  In 2012, they were invited by UNESCO to apply for a Chair on the topic of Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility.  Their mandate is to build research capacity in the global South and the excluded North in the field of community-based participatory research. Their work has involved several major global studies, extensive policy and advocacy work and since December of 2017, the creation of the Knowledge for Change Global Consortium on Training for Community Based Participatory Research.  
 
Budd's presentation will briefly cover the mandate of the Chair, major activities to date and will explore a number of the challenges which currently engage both Budd and Rajesh Tandon.


"Stock Market Swings & the Economic Outlook in the Era of COVID-19 - Part 1 & Part 2with Michael R. King and Chris Lawless

Concerned about the wild gyrations in global stock markets over the past three weeks? Wondering what the impact of COVID-19 will be on the economy? Or curious about the impact of government policy measures and how investors may be addressing these challenges? Prof. Michael R. King and Chris Lawless, Executive-in-Residence and former Chief Economist at BCI, discuss historical precedents that provide insights for today's events. 

The first portion of the presentation reviewed the timeline of events and market reactions to date, while the second portion focused attention on the economic outlook and implications.