Inaugural Global South Graduate Student Conference held May 5-6

by Manjusha Nair, director, Global South Research Hub

Mason's inaugural Global South Graduate Student Conference, an international conference organized by the Global South Hub housed in Mason's Center for Social Science Research, was held on May 5-6, 2022.

Under the theme of the conference: Global South Possibilities: Exploring Linkages, Building Solidarity, papers and presentations from different parts of the world and across different disciplines were invited. The conference was held for two days with ten panel discussions and a keynote address by University of Virginia Associate Professor Anne Garland Mahler.

Thirty-eight graduate students across the world presented their work virtually and engaged in stimulating conversations with discussants the and audience.

  • Best Student paper award winner: Soumodip Sinha, Delhi School of Economics, India
  • Best Student paper award runner-up: Shruti Gupta, National University of Singapore
  • Honorary mentions: Aishani Khurana, University of Illinois, Chicago; Hugo Goeury, City University of New York; and Rianka Roy, University of Connecticut.

The successful organization of the conference was made possible by the collective effort of the Global South Hub members, faculty, and graduate students at Mason. Faculty and graduate students from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Global affairs program, Women and Gender Studies program, Department of Economics, and the Cultural Studies program participated as discussants in panel discussions. Along with national and international presenters, Mason graduate students presented at the conference, making it an enriching experience for everyone.

The conference received great enthusiasm and wide participation from over 120 individuals joining from across the world, making it a truly Global South event. We look forward to continued engagement and future events.

The conference was organized by three sociology PhD students, Deepika Hooda, Kevin Nazar, and Karthil Balaji Ramanujam, and Associate Professor Manjusha Nair, director of the Global South Research Hub.


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