Course date

4 July - 15 July, 2005
Application deadline:
15 February, 2005
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: 

Gerhard Anders

Zurich University, Institute of Social Anthropology, Zurich, Switzerland

Patrick Bond

University of Kwa-Zulu Natal , Durban, South Africa

Kaveh Ehsani

Iranian Parliament Research Center, Tehran, Iran

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

Globalization has superseded development, authors of globalization claim almost consensually.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. Can it be used in a non-evolutionary and non-arrogant manner that is sensitive to difference and grassroots initiatives? The idea of public good is a key to this endeavor. The course examines some strategic sites and structures that condition transnational flows of commodities, labor and ideas, and looks at how the welfare of different social groups is promoted in these strategic sites by actors such as supranational organizations, NGOs and private capital along with the reconfigured (nation) 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. 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.