Göttingen Summer School on "Globalization and Diversity"

From July 8th to 19th, 2019, the Georg-August University of Göttingen hosted a summer school dedicated to the theme of "Globalization and Diversity." Organized by Professor Astrid Biele Mefebue and Professor Andrea Bührmann, the summer school was premised on the recognition that accelerating globalization ensures the continued importance of social diversity. Academia must continue to play an instrumental role in recognizing difference, confronting inequality, and creating more equal conditions locally and globally. However, there now exists a clearly recognized surge of populism and nationalism that questions critical commitments to equal opportunities, diversity, and inclusion. By sharing interdisciplinary perspectives on local as well as global issues connected to the dynamics of Globalization and Diversity, the summer school aimed to equip students from different cultural and disciplinary communities with new insights and methodological approaches to complex socio-political challenges. University of Vienna’s Prof. Sabine Grenz, University of Tokyo’s Prof. Shinji Kajitani, and UC Berkeley’s Dr. Akasemi Newsome represent just a few of the international faculty that led the summer session. Under graduate and Master’s students from several universities participated including, Diego Parada and Zachary Valdez both from UC Berkeley.