The Global Futures of World Regions
A Conference Series

Cooperatively organized by the Center for Global & Local History, Stony Brook University, and other Institutions


1. New Europe

Stony Brook University, April 14-16, 2005. Co-organized with the Stony Brook Center for Italian Studies

2. New America

WZB Berlin, Sept.
22-24, 2005. Co-organized with the Social Science Center Berlin (WZB) and the Department of Sociology, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

3. New Asias

Seoul, Sept. 28-29, 2006. Co-organized with the Korean Sociological Association and the Departments of Sociology, Universities of Erlangen-Nuremberg and Heidelberg

4. New Third Worlds

Stony Brook Spring 2008. Co-organized with the Department of Sociology, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and tba

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Seeking to clarify the regional grounding of contemporary globalizations, this series of conferences has three goals. First, to illuminate the global present by assessing the globality of four major world regions; second, to outline the potential global futures of these regions or metaregions; and third, to develop the analytical tools to distinguish types of global regions for further comparative analysis.

Much of the future history of the world will be shaped by the interplay of the new Europe, the new America, the new Asias, and the metaregion of the new Third Worlds. The four conferences will focus on each of these regions individually yet from different locales and perspectives, including the economic but not excluding the cultural angle. The invited conference participants will combine multidisciplinary and -sectorial approaches with managerial, governmental, intergovernmental, and non-governmental expertise.

The heuristic assumption of the newness of the global present and its regional parts leads to a number of questions. What constitutes a global region? What kind of power will the expanded European Union create? Does the strategic policy of the United States (the resolve to ensure a military edge over any challenge) signal the emergence of a new type of global region or nation? Can the demographic and industrial potential of China, India, Japan and other countries be translated into a new Asian power region or regions? Will the rapidly advancing "urbanization of poverty" (Kofi Annan) lead to new third worlds, concentrated in growing urban slums?

Executive Directors
Wolf Schäfer, Stony Brook University
Gert Schmidt, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

Jürgen Kocka, Berlin; Hyun-Chin Lim, Seoul; Mario Mignone, Stony Brook; Markus Pohlmann, Heidelberg