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Xinjiang, China

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Siem Reap, Cambodia


Song Kul Lake, Kyrgyzstan

Lake Weed Farmers

Inle Lake, Myanmar

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Jeti Oguz, Kyrgyzstan


Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

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Merv, Turkmenistan

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Gozli Ata Canyons, Turkmenistan

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Khiva, Uzbekistan

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Darchen, Tibet

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Tokyo, Japan

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Aksu-Zhabagly, Kazakhstan

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Welcome to the Office of International Programs

Image Apr 23 – 24, 2009
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Junior Scholars Workshop

Keynote Speaker:
Suzanne Freidberg
Department of Geography
Dartmouth University

Bradley Wilson, Department of Geography
Benjamin Neimark, Department of Geography
Debarati Sen, Department of Anthropology

We stand at a unique moment in history when human rights, social justice, and concern for the environment inform the agenda of both multinational corporations and social movements. Paradoxically, the open and competitive market, long considered a perpetrator of human and environmental abuses, is now viewed as a frontier for respecting, protecting and serving "the greater common good." While activists and non-profit organizations have historically been the outlet for such causes, over the past decade, for-profit corporations have sought to reinvent themselves as champions of social welfare and the environment. New agencies, institutions and standards-making bodies are surging to the foreground to mediate between social, environmental and economic imperatives. The blurring of boundaries between markets and movements, for-profit and non-profit, has created new possibilities and problems which we will explore through a junior scholar workshop titled Global Goods: Changing Perspectives on Trade, Human Rights and the Environment. In this workshop, we seek to understand the rise of responsible capitalism through research conducted on the production and consumption of what we call "global goods."

The Global Goods workshop will take place at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. Scholars participating in the workshop will be organized into three paper sessions over one day in Spring 2009. These sessions will illustrate the diversity of studies that echo the Global Goods theme and will facilitate peer-review feedback on each presenter's paper with the ultimate purpose of collective publication as a special issue in a social science journal. The workshop will also invite faculty discussants from Rutgers whose expertise in the field will enrich the debate, feedback and dialogue.

We invite papers from advanced Ph.D. candidates, recent Ph.Ds. and junior faculty that address the trade of commodities in an international setting. Additionally, preference will be given to papers which are ethnographically informed and connect conceptually to one or more of the broad workshop themes:

Potential thematic areas for papers include but are not limited to:

• Global Commodity Chains
• Moral Economies
• Transnational Activism and Advocacy
• Corporate Social Responsibility
• Environmental Justice
• Product Certification
• Energy and its Alternatives
• Sustainable Development
• Labor Rights, Human Rights
• Global Food Networks
• Gender Equity and Trade
• Artisans and Industry
• Biopiracy
• Fair Trade and Free Trade
• Common Resources and Privatization
• Global Agriculture or Extraction
• Green Marketing and Ethical Branding
• GMOs

To participate in the workshop please send a current CV and an abstracts of 500 words or less to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before September 15, 2008. In the abstract, please include a brief statement of relevance to the workshop theme. The workshop selection committee will notify selected presenters by October 15.

Final papers (approximately 4,000-6,000 words) will be due for circulation by March 15, 2009.

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Workshop is sponsored by The Office of International Programs, The Department of Geography, The Center for African Studies, and The Program in South Asian Studies

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77 Hamilton Street

77 Hamilton Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

P   848-932-7923
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