Course date

5 July - 16 July, 2004
Application deadline:
15 February, 2004
Course Director(s): 

Judit Bodnar

Department of History/Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Ayse Caglar

Central European University, Sociology and Social Anthropology, Budapest, Hungary

Shalini Randeria

Zurich University, Institute of Social Anthropology, Zurich, Switzerland
Course Faculty: 

Kaveh Ehsani

Iranian Parliament Research Center, Tehran, Iran

Jok Jok

Loyola Marymount University, History, Los Angeles, United States of America

Ivan Krastev

Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia, Bulgaria

Norma Moruzzi

University of Illinois at Chicago, Political Science, Chicago, United States of America

Vinh-Kim Nguyen

McGill University, Montreal, Social Studies of Medicine, Quebec, Canada

John Ryle

Rift Valley Institute, London, United Kingdom

Peter Stamatov

Yale University, Department of Sociology, New Haven, United States of America

Globalization has superseded development, authors of globalization claim almost consensually. This course is a serious attempt to bring globalization and development discourse into a dialogue with each other and to explore the meaning of development in the age of globalization. The (nation) state and the idea of public good are a key to this endeavor. The course examines some strategic sites and structures that condition transnational flows of commodities, labor and ideas as well as actors such as supranational organizations, NGOs and private capital along with the state. In the selection of topics and their treatment a conscious effort is made to introduce non-western perspectives and to scrutinize the interaction of research, policy-making and social theory. Beyond regular class discussions, a public discussion will be organized on the theme with the involvement of some of the resource people, other prestigious intellectuals invited by CEU for a different event, and long-time practitioners of the trade of development consulting.

Due to its multiple geographical foci and the diversity of resource people, the course is well-suited to offer a challenging perspective to students from both the region and outside.