Global Affairs Seminar

Revisiting South-South/BRICs/Emerging Powers Investment and Development Aid

Thursday, January 31, 2019 1:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Research Hall, #163


In 2010, George Mason University hosted a conference titled "The New South-South Dynamic in Global Affairs: A Changing World Order?" The Global Affairs Seminar at Mason will revisit this conference with an afternoon of panel discussions focused on investment and development aid. This event is open to the public.

Thursday, January 31, 2019, Research Hall #163, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

1pm: coffee and tea

1:30-3:30pm: Panel #1: South-South Investments in Africa

  • Johanna Bockman, Mason's Global Affairs Program, "Debtors as Creditors, Creditors as Debtors: South-South Banking in the 1970s and 1980s."
  • Manjusha Nair, Mason's Department of Sociology and Anthropology, "Transparent Capital: Indian Textiles, Global Standards and the Ethiopian Developmental State." 
  • Agnieszka Paczynska, Mason's School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, "Emerging Donors and Post-Conflict Settings: the New Politics of Reconstruction."
  • Discussant: Terrence Lyons, Mason's School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution. 

3:45-5:45pm: Panel #2: China's Investments in the Global South

  • Alvin Camba, Johns Hopkins' Department of Sociology, "The Sino-Centric Capital Export Regime: State-Backed and Flexible Private Capital in the Philippines."
  • Byunghwan Son, Mason's Global Affairs Program, "Does money turn foes into friends? Chinese Investment into Vietnam and Vietnamese Views on China."
  • Hong Zhang, Mason's Schar School of Policy and Government, "Development as Statecraft: Decoding China’s Concept of Development as an Emerging 'Development Partner.'"
  • Discussant: Agnieszka Paczynska, Mason's School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

On-campus parking is available (Shenandoah Parking Deck is closest, map). Public transit is also available to campus (The Vienna stop on the Metro Orange line and campus shuttles/CUE buses to campus). Please direct inquiries to Johanna Bockman

The Global Affairs Seminar has been established to encourage and explore the most cutting edge research in globalization studies. The Seminar is sponsored by the Global Affairs Program and Global Programs. Our seminar schedule is:

Wednesday, October 17, 2018: Ilana Feldman, Professor of Anthropology, History, and International Affairs at George Washington University, "Humanitarian Predicaments: Protracted Displacement and Palestinian Refugee Politics," Merten Hall 1201, 5-7pm.

Thursday, January 31, 2019: Revisiting South-South/BRICs/Emerging Powers Investment and Development Aid panel discussion.

Monday, February 18, 2019: Cities and Globalization Revisited, 1:30-3pm. 

February 2019: Russian politics today (details TBA).

March 21, 2019: Rashmi Sadana, Associate Professor of Anthropology, George Mason University, 1-2:30pm.