Increasing connections and interdependencies among institutions and peoples around the world direct our attention to globalization as a central phenomenon of the contemporary era. From economy to culture to environment, the great issues of our time require close attention to the dynamic interactions among actors and stakeholders around the world. It is commonly observed that all societies are now part of a global system that is stitched together by far-reaching trade protocols, governance covenants, and communication networks. Although this process of integration engenders dramatic new opportunities for cooperation and development, it is also characterized by profound inequities and uncertainties that breed dramatic new tensions and conflicts. Globalization is furthermore distinguished by challenges to previous loyalties and affinities, as questions of belonging and citizenship assume new meanings in an era of accelerating flows of people, goods, and capital across national frontiers.
In this context, we founded global-e as a forum for timely commentary regarding global events, processes, and issues. Each issue features a brief essay authored by leading scholars and practitioners, offering provocative reflections on a range of topics with the aim of stimulating discussion among the global studies community. We aim both to encourage circulation of commentary essays and to stimulate discussion among readers. Accordingly, each essay will be open to reader response and deliberation. Commentaries focus on public issues, theoretical debates, methodological challenges, and curricular concerns.
Global-e was founded by a collaboration of Global Studies programs at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. We were later joined by global studies programs at the University of Washington and the University of California Santa Barbara.