Has the Global Age Come to an End?


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Conference transcript here.

Videos from the event available here.

Event: Has the Global Age Come to an End? with Martin Albrow (Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, UK , Honorary Vice-President of the British Sociological Association, Emeritus Professor, University of Wales).

The event will take place at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Assistance (Schitu Măgureanu, no.9), Council Room, starting at 16:00 on the 23rd of February, 2017.

In the mid 1990s Martin Albrow argued in his book The Global Age that the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 marked the death throes of the Modern Age and the beginning of the Global Age, with a shared sense of threat to human existence on this earth. Others at the time asserted that it was globalization that was undermining the nation-state and still others looked forward to a new system of global governance.

2016 with Brexit and the American presidential election of Donald Trump appears to be the backlash year for popular movements against globalization and the reassertion of national identity.  Does this mean that the hopes for collective action on the environment and the global economy are doomed? Albrow argues that co-operation on global goals is not inconsistent with the new nationalism. The threat to the Global Age comes from another source, from the insurgent Digital Age.

Transcript available here.

martin-albrow-june-2010Martin Albrow is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK) and Honorary Vice-President of the British Sociological Association. He is Emeritus Professor (University of Wales), Senior Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Centre for Advanced Studies, University of Bonn, and has been Visiting Professor in the Beijing Foreign Studies University (2011-14).

He is internationally known for his pioneering work on social and cultural globalization. His The Global Age: State and Society Beyond Modernity (1996) won the European Amalfi Prize in 1997. Other books include Bureaucracy (1970), Max Weber’s Construction of Social Theory (1990), Do Organizations Have Feelings? (1997), Sociology: The Basics (1999), Global Age Essays on Social and Cultural Change (2014).

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