From globalisation to the Global Age. The transformation of the "global" by environmental movements

Geoffrey Pleyers (FNRS-Belgian Fund for National Research)

April 11, 2019, 16h00

Room 1, CES | Alta


In the 1990s, "global" and "globalization" were terms that contributed to define an era and a project of expansion of the capitalist world. In this seminar, I will analyse how environmental social movements changed the meaning of the "global" from the mid-2000s on.

I will analyse successively four main meanings of "global" that mobilise various sectors of Western Europe and Latin America: global as a scale, as a holistic approach, as a growing integration of different regions of the world and as a "Global Era" that points to a structural change of social interdependence. I will sum up case studies of Buen Vivir in Ecuador, of critical consumers (in Belgium, France and New York), of environmental activists, of environmental NGOs in Brussels and of committed intellectuals

Bio note

Geoffrey Pleyers, FNRS-Belgian Fund for National Research

Activity within the doctoral programmes «Human Rights in Contemporary Societies» and «Post-Colonialisms and Global Citizenship» and the research programme Alice - Epistemologies of the South