Global Challenges Conference

Global Challenges Conference

The Department of International Studies and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences will organize an international conference on 27 and 28 October 2022 on ‘Global challenges in turbulent times: decentering the study of the international’. At this link the Call for papers.

The world faces today significant global challenges such as power shifts in the international system, climate change, terrorism, healthcare, justice, war, food, and human security to mention but a few. For the scholarship interested into the research and teaching of 21st-century global challenges, a better understanding of the world depends also on epistemic and ontological rethinking, recognising epistemic unbalances and injustices put forward by hegemonic systems of knowledge production. The conference aims to collect both theoretical and empirical studies that contribute to developing a better understanding of contemporary global challenges and the study of the ‘international’.

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Major topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • climate change
  • inequality
  • migration and urbanization
  • energy transition
  • big data and digitalization
  • global and regional governance
  • crisis of the liberal order
  • data and information governance
  • science communication
  • epistemic communities in knowledge production

Important Dates

Date: October 27-28 2022

Abstract Submission: June 10 2022

Notification of Acceptance: June 16 2022

Programme release: August 25 2022

Final Paper Submission: October 11 2022

Conference highlights

  • The conference will take place both onsite in Suzhou, at XJTLU, and online.
  • There are no registration fees, but participants will have to cover their own travelling costs in case of onsite participation.
  • The organizers will offer meals on campus to all participants.
  • Travel grants: XJTLU will offer three travel grants for early-career scholars. To be considered for a travel grant, please send a short statement of max 200 words in support of your application together with your abstract.

Social events

Welcoming event: October 27, 2022

Visit to Suzhou old town: interested participants can join a half-day guided tour of Suzhou old town

For further information, please contact the chair of the Organizing Committee, Dr Debora Malito

Organizing and Advisory* Committee

Dr Tabe Bergman*, Department of Media and Communication, XJTLU

Dr Ceren Ergenc, Department of China Studies, XJTLU

Dr Evangelos Fanoulis, Department of International Studies, XJTLU

Dr Dimitris Kitis*, Department of Applied Linguistics, XJTLU

Dr Yuexi Liu, Department of Literature, XJTLU

Dr Debora Malito, Department of International Studies, XJTLU

Dr Dragan Pavlicevic, Department of China Studies, XJTLU

Dr Ariel Shangguan, Department of International Studies, XJTLU


Selected submissions will be considered for publication in a special issue in a leading journal.


Interested presenters should email their 300-word abstract to

The deadline for submission is June 10 2022.