The conference on Globalization and the Return of Geography was held successfully at ESSEC Asia-Pacific

On February 21 & 22, 2013, ESSEC Asia-Pacific and ESSEC Center for Capitalism, Globalization and Governance, organized a conference on Globalization and the Return of Geography. Professor Saskia Sassen delivered opening keynote address.


The conference on Globalization and the Return of Geography took place successfully at the Possibility room of the National Library Building in Singapore on February 21st & 22nd, 2013. Organized by ESSEC Asia-Pacific and the ESSEC Center for Capitalism, Globalization and Governance, the event gathered people from various background including professors, scholars, students and alumni. 

In the second half of the 20th century, globalization seamed to shape a new world in which differences were obliterated. A world that some argued had been made “flat”. However the economic and financial crises of the 21st century, among other factors, have led to a resurgence of Geography. Indeed, ESSEC Professors Marie-Laure Djelic, Professor of Management and head of the Centre for Capitalism, Globalization and Governance, and Arijit Chatterjee, Associate Professor of Management at ESSEC Asia Pacific, argue that today, frontiers and international differences are more important than ever. To further explore the ways in which geography shapes and is shaped by globalization they organized a unique academic conference – Globalization and the Return of Geography on the 21st and 22nd of February in Singapore.  

The purpose of this conference was to bring together scholars from different academic disciplines, management professionals, policy makers, and civil servants interested in exploring the interface between globalization and geography. 

Professor Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and Co-Chair of the Committee on Global Thought, delivered the opening keynote address of the conference exploring questions based on her forthcoming book Expulsions: When complexity engenders elementary brutalities. She is considered as one the leading authorities on globalization.


Click here to read more about Saskia Sassen

Professor Prasenjit Duara, Raffles Professor of Humanities at National University of Singapore, delivered the closing remarks of the conference on globalization and the trans-national region from a historian perspective.


Click here to read more about Prasenjit Duara


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