A Brief History of Now: A Global History of the Long Twenty First Century


Seminar hosted by the Institute for the Study of Global Issues, Graduate School of Social Sciences, Hitotsubashi University.

Diego Holstein, Department of History, University of Pittsburgh; Visiting Professor, Institute for the Study of Global Issues, Graduate School of Social Sciences, Hitotsubashi University

ディエゴ・ホルスタイン ピッツバーグ大学歴史学部教授・一橋大学大学院社会学研究科地球社会研究専攻客員教授

Wednesday 11 December, 2019, 17:30.

Room 3405, 4th floor, Mercury Tower, Hitotsubashi University Kunitachi Campus (see here for a map).

This project explores a global history of the last 170 years based on the interplay between five main variables: technological innovation, economic globalization, hegemonic world order, political regimes, and socio-economic inequality. The resulting synthetic overview portrays a global trajectory in which world societies experienced two waves of economic globalization (1851-1929 and 1976-onwards) coincidental with two hegemonic world orders (based on British and American hegemonies respectively), and two fundamental technological breakthroughs (the industrial revolution and the information revolution). Both of these waves of globalization, world hegemony, and technological innovation coincided with the proliferation of democratic regimes (the so called first and third waves of democracy) and growing socio-economic inequalities within and between societies whereas the period of economic de-globalization, lack of a single world hegemon, and less fundamentally revolutionizing technology (1929-1976) overlapped with waves of authoritarian and revisionist regimes as well as a shrinking in socio-economic inequalities.

DIEGO OLSTEIN (AKA DIEGO HOLSTEIN) has a PhD. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His fields of research are Medieval Spain and World History. In his first book, La Era Mozárabe (1085-1315), he analyzed the economic conflicts and cultural clashes as well the processes of integration and acculturation that followed the Castilian conquest of Toledo (1085). His second book Thinking History Globally organizes the ways for thinking beyond national and regional boundaries into four strategies: comparing, connecting, conceptualizing, and contextualizing. This book defines, explains, and exemplifies twelve transboundaries branches of history (comparative, relational, international, transnational, oceanic, global, world, and big histories, historical sociology, civilizational analysis, world-system approach, and history of globalization). He has published thirty additional publications on Medieval Spain and World History and taught or lectured on these subjects throughout North and Latin America, Europe, Israel, India, China, Korea, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. He is currently working on globalization and hegemony in world history.

The Transnational Mind: Shaping Global Public Opinion through Academic Networks, Libraries and Reading Clubs (1918-1939)

Wed, 10 July 2019 18:00-1930

Room 3509, 5th floor, Mercury Tower, Hitotsubashi University Kunitachi Campus

Dr. Steven W. Witt

Director, Center for Global Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Currently Visiting Professor, Institute for the Study of Global Issues, Graduate School of Social Sciences, Hitotsubashi University

Focusing on the role of information professions and non-governmental organizations in the creation and dissemination of information to support the internationalist movement during the early 20th century, this paper will examine the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s (CEIP) International Mind Program. Through this program, the CEIP established International Mind Alcove book collections across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, East Asia, and Oceania to promote internationalism and globalism through books for the general public.  At the same time, the CEIP supported International Relations Clubs in Universities around the world to disseminate academic books on international relations and politics while developing academic networks around the topic of internationalism and international studies.  Through the dual lens of information history and transnational history, this presentation provides further understanding of the evolution of these information dissemination and propaganda activities as they were implemented domestically and abroad toward enacting the transnational aspirations of internationalists during this period.  Further, the presentation will focus on my current research on the adoption of these clubs and book collections in Japan and the network of Japanese scholars engaged in the CEIP supported discourse on the International Mind.

The Coming of Age of Global Studies? An analysis of the current state of the discipline and its future challenges from the perspective of the University Pompeu Fabra

ISGI Seminar, 10 January 2019, 12:00-13:00

Dr. Pablo Pareja Alcaraz

Dr. Alcaraz is Vice Lector, Professor of International Relations, and Director of the Global Studies Program at Pompeu Fabra University, and currently Visiting Professor of Institute for the Study of Global Issues, Graduate School of Social Sciences, Hitotsubashi University.

Issues of Globalizing Japanese Studies in Southeast Asia: Beyond Borders and Boundaries

ISGI Seminar, 20 December 2017 17:30-18:30

Karl Chua (Associate Professor, Ateneo de Manila University; Currently Visiting Associate Professor, Institute for the Study of Global Issues)

In this age of globalization, a current trend is the perceived decrease of relevance of area studies in academia.  Thus for an area such as Japanese Studies to survive in a competitive environment, survival strategies within Southeast Asian Universities were formulated.  Support from institutions, such as Japan Foundation poured in, Japanese Companies through their Corporate Social Responsibilities also assisted.  Nonetheless, there are global, as well as regional issues that face the region which will be the topic of this talk.  The session will include success stories, as well as issues Southeast Asia universities has to deal with to propagate Japanese studies in their own countries, as well as within the region.

The Dalit Liberation Movement in Karnataka, South India


Seminar hosted by the Institute for the Study of Global Issues, Graduate School of Social Sciences, Hitotsubashi University.

Aya Ikegame, Associate Professor, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, University of Tokyo

池亀彩 東京大学 東洋文化研究所 准教

Wednesday 5 July, 2017 13:15-15:00.

Room 3405, 4th floor, Mercury Tower, Hitotsubashi University Kunitachi Campus (see here for a map).

For centuries, Dalits (former untouchable communities of India) have been regarded as ‘polluted’ and ‘polluting’. They have thus been avoided, banned from any physical contact, secluded and excluded from mainstream caste society. To escape from severe and inhumane discrimination, many converted into Islam, Christianity and Buddhism. In 2001, M. C. Raj, a charismatic Dalit activist and writer, published Dalitology, new theology of Dalits. The controversial book attacked not only Brahminical Hinduism but also established religions including Buddhism and Christianity. Meanwhile M. C. Raj started the Adijan (Dalit) movement in the south Indian state of Karnataka which engages in multifaceted activities. This talk will discuss the social and cultural significance of Dalitology and the Adijan movement that have marked a clear departure from previous Dalit liberation movements in the region.

Aya Ikegame is Associate Professor, Graduate School of Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies and the Institute for Advanced Studies of Asia, the University of Tokyo. She obtained a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh, the UK in 2007. She has worked for the University of Edinburgh, and the Open University in the UK before joining the University of Tokyo. She currently works on mathas (Hindu monasteries) and their social activities in South India, and Buraku issues in Japan. Her publications include, The Princely India Re-imagined: A Historical Anthropology of Mysore from 1799 to the present (Routledge, 2012) and The Guru in South Asia: New interdisciplinary Perspectives (co-edited with Jacob Copeman, Routledge 2012).


Event to Celebrate Twenty Years of the Institute for the Study of Global Issues

2017年6月18日 10:00-17:30 一橋大学佐野書院(地図はこちら






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第一部 10:00 – 12:30

“Does Global Studies Open New Dimensions in Social Sciences?
Challenges to Research and Higher Education”

Keynote Speech

Studying Transnational Trajectories: What Do We Learn about Nation and Citizenship in East Asia?

Prof. Yasemin Soysal (University of Essex)

Panel Discussion
  • Prof. Jonathan Lewis (Hitotsubashi University)
  • Dr. Takeshi Itoh (Sophia University),
  • Dr. Yutaka Nakamura (Tama Art University)
  • Prof. Crispin Bates (University of Edinburgh, Hitotsubashi University)
  • Chair Prof. Yoshiko Ashiwa (Hitotsubashi University)

第2部 13:30 – 15:30





  • 表恒伸(大地を守る会:1999年度修士修了)
  • 山本訓子(国際交流基金:2004年度修士修了)
  • 吉岡礼美(NHK:2013年度修士修了)
  • 寺崎陽子(トヨタ財団:2014年度博士修了)
  • ウチラルト(オーストラリア国立大学:2009年博士修了)
  • その他の皆さん

第3部 16:00-17:30



Moral Infrastructures in the Making of Banana Supply Chains Between the Philippines and Japan


ISGI Seminar hosted by the Institute for the Study of Global Issues, Graduate School of Social Sciences, Hitotsubashi University.

Alyssa Paderes, Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Anthropology, Yale University

Wednesday 10 May, 2017 17:10-19:10

Small meeting room, Sano Shoin Hall, Hitotsubashi University Kunitachi Campus (see here for a map).

Global commodity studies is a flourishing body of literature, and its popularity attests to the appeal of the supply chain construct as a way to analyze globalization. Yet its “follow-the-thing” methodology has made it easy to forget other movements developing around the same commodity chain. For Filipinos living around banana plantations of the greater Davao region in the southern Philippines,there is a real sense of anxiety raised by the invisible capillaries of the banana supply chain. “Unthingy” matter like pesticide traces, illicit transactions of farm inputs are debris of the supply chain that cannot be captured, quantified, or regulated by modern logistics. As such, they require a wholly different set of politics and political actors.

In this presentation, I share my initial reflections on the overlooked distribution networks that course into and branch out of banana supply chains. I divide this into three sections: (a) Toxic Debris, (b) The Limits of “N-P-K (Nitrogen, Phosphorous, Potassium) Mentality,” and (c) Follow the Yellow “Brix” Road. I hope to demonstrate how extra movement into and from the supply chain complicates any clean way of understanding human and environmental costs and benefits of banana trade. Beyond the obvious stakeholders, who (and what) else is paying the price of bananas? What counts as “cost” in the first place?

These preliminary findings are based on 6 months of fieldwork around the multiple banana plantations of Mindanao, representing the first phase of an 18 month-long dissertation project between the Philippines and Japan.

— All welcome, no registration required —

ISGI Seminars (1999-2016)

Dec 7, 2016

The South Asian Labour Diaspora in the Colonial Era: Networks, Trust and Intermediaries

Crispin Bates (Visiting Professor, Institute for the Study of Global Issues; University of Edinburgh)

Dec 5, 2016

Asia-Europe Institute: Bridging Asia , Europe and beyond

Prof. Dr. Azirah Hashim (Executive Director, Asia-Europe Institute (AEI); Director, Centre for ASEAN Regionalism University of Malaya (CARUM))

Oct 26, 2016

Globalisation before the Age of Exploration

Maximilian Lau (Hitotsubashi University)

Jun 1, 2016

Economic Globalization and Development in Transitional Economies: The case of Vietnam

Nguyen Viet Khoi (Visiting Professor, Institute for the Study of Global Issues; National University of Vietnam, Hanoi)

Jan 26, 2016



中野 晃一氏(上智大学)

Kouichi Nakano (Sophia University, Tokyo)

Dec 16, 2015

People-centered regionalism in East Asia and the role of civil society and social innovation

Vannarith Chheang (University of Leeds, UK)

Dec 10, 2015



シドニー・チャン氏 (香港中文大学)

Sidney C. H. Cheung (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Nov 18, 2015

Four short stories of development and management… and what they tell us about technocracy

Nidhi Srinivas (Visiting Professor, Institute for the Study of Global Issues; The New School, New York)

Oct 20, 2015

Biomimicry and Sustainable Future

Saranarat Kanjanavanit (Green World Foundation)

Jul 10, 2015

Statistical Analysis Using R: A Hands-on Workshop

Rentaro Iida (University of Tokyo)

Jul 1, 2015

The evolution of international cooperation

Guillaume Devin (Visiting Professor, Institute for the Study of Global Issues; Sciences-Po, Paris)

Jun 25, 2015


大橋 知穂氏 (JICA)


Chie Ohashi (JICA)

Dec 17, 2014



晏 妮氏 (一橋大学 地球社会研究専攻)

Yan Ni (Visiting Professor, Institute for the Study of Global Issues)

Jul 22, 2014

The Informality of Urban Informal Sector in Indonesian Cities

Raphaella Dewantari DWIANTO (University of Indonesia)

Jun 25, 2014

円環する同時代 ー戦後日本の米軍基地と音楽の記憶/記録から


青木 深氏 (一橋大学)

Shin Aoki (Hitotsubashi University)

Jan 22, 2014

Human Trafficking: Constructing Problems, Inventing Solutions

Petrice Flowers (Visiting Professor, Institute for the Study of Global Issues; University of Hawai’i at Manoa)

Nov 7, 2013

Global Cities and Local Milieux : The Case of Berlin

Dariuš Zifonun (Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences, Berlin)

Jul 4, 2013



須藤 廣氏 (北九州市立大学)

Hiroshi Sudo (University of Kitakyushu)

Jul 3, 2013

Civilizing Istanbul: Development, Spectacle, and Protest

Levent Soysal (Visiting Professor, Institute for the Study of Global Issues; Kadir Has University, Istanbul)

May 23, 2013


The “Okinawa Problem”: A Global and Environmental Perspective

河村 雅美氏 (琉球大学)

Masami Kawamura (University of the Ryukyus)

Jun 21, 2012

Screening the Invisible: Nuclear Disaster Films

Nicola Liscutin (Visiting Professor, Institute for the Study of Global Issues)

Jun 3, 2011

Insistent Narratives, Consistent Voices:Representations of Political Violence and
Memory in Contemporary Sri Lankan Visual Arts

Sasanka Perera (Visiting Professor, Institute for the Study of Global Issues; Professor, University of Colombo)

Dec 9, 2010

Free and Open Source Software Sustainability and Innovation: Lessons learnt from Sub-Saharan Africa

Sulayman K. Sowe (United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies)

Dec 3, 2010

Pacific Approaches to War, Empire, and Globalization Between the Islands of Japan and Micronesia

Greg Dvorak

Jul 27, 2010

The Economic Impact of South Africa’s 2010 World Cup: Ex Ante Ambitions and Possible Ex Post Realities

Scarlet Cornelissen (Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Stellenbosch)

Jun 29, 2010

What Is a Poem? The Event of Women and the Modern Girl as Problems in Global or World History

Tani E. Barlow, (Visiting Professor, Institute for the Study of Global Issues; Director, Chao Center for Asian Studies, Rice University)

Feb 04, 2010

Citizenship and higher education

Katherine Tegtmeyer-Pak (Associate Professor of Asian Studies and Political Science, St Olaf College, US)

Dec 11, 2009

The Muhammad Cartoon Conflict and the Danish Politics of Negative Dialogue

Peter Hervik, Visiting Professor, Institute for the Study of Global Issues

Jul 10, 2009

Man-made: sexual violence and violent sexualities

Ronald Stade (Visiting Professor, Institute for the Study of Global Issues, Hitotsubashi University; Director, Peace and Conflict Studies, School of International Migration and Ethnic Relations, Malmo University

Jun 19, 2009

Creating community: theatre arts workshop for people with gendered trauma

Susan Vaneta Mason (Professor of Theatre Arts, California State University, Los Angeles)

May 22, 2009

Music crossing borders: Jazz, ethnicity and globalization

Michael Molasky (University of Minnesota)

Nov 05, 2008

The political economy of planning and legacies of the FIFA 2010 World Cup

Scarlett Cornelissen

Sep 12, 2007

From Superpower to Besieged Global Power: Restoring Global Order after the Bush Doctrine’s Failure

Ed Kolodziej

Jun 21, 2007

The Politics of Perspectives: Normative Agendas and Research Methodologies in the Current Global Situation

Ronald Stade

Jun 07, 2007

“The Banality of Good”: The Transnational Normativity of The Good Citizen

Yasemin Soysal

Feb 22, 2007

Gender Studies and Gender Policy in Australian Universities

Vera Mackie

Jan 15, 2007

Business Models for Open Media

Tony Curzon Price

Dec 07, 2006

Human Trafficking, the U.S./Japan perspective

Scott Hansen

Nov 16, 2006

The Commercialization of Ethnicity and Ethnic Culture in Inner Mongolian Urban Development

Li Narangoa

Sep 28, 2006

The Character of Latin

Nicholas Ostler

Jun 20, 2006

New regionalism in Finland and other Nordic countries

Ari-Veikko Anttiroiko and Pekka Valkama

Dec 20, 2005

Rape crisis, domestic violence and child abuse in the UK from a practical voluntary sector perspective

Camilla Wills

Sep 13, 2005

Issues in Research on Japanese Colonial History

Li Narangoa

Mar 25, 2005

Macro and Micro Gender Structures:Gender Stratification and Social Networks in Canada and Japan

Bonnie H. Erickson, Kakuko Miyata

Jan 13, 2005

The EU and South Asia: Emerging Economic Perspectives

Mahendra P. Lama

Dec 09, 2004

Stop killing, start surviving

Paul Coleman

Oct 27, 2004

Inkblots: Japan and the Challenge of Bushism

Andrew Dewit

Sep 24, 2004

The evolution of Italian society and sociology during the last fifty years

Mario Toscano

Jul 07, 2004

Social scientists and the mobilization of Japanese science in WW2: Yoshitaro Hirano’s “Ethnopolitical science” and Masao Oka’s “Ethnic research”

Akitoshi Shimizu

Jun 02, 2004

Cultivating Culture in a Cultivating Culture

E. Valentine Daniel

Feb 16, 2004

Locality and Career in the World of Foreign Correspondents

Ulf Hannerz

Feb 16, 2004

Dynamics of Land and Identity in Pacific Asia: ‘Indigenous’ and Attachment to Land

Li Narangoa

Jan 08, 2004

Japan’s Overseas Development Aid Policies: Policymaking and Implementation

Katsuhiko Okazaki

Dec 03, 2003

Nations of intent: the decolonization of Indonesia in comparative perspective

Robert Cribb

Oct 28, 2003

The US War on Terrorism and Implications for Japan

David Leheny

Oct 17, 2003

Issues in the Sri Lankan Peace Process and the Role of NGOs

Jehan Perera

Jun 25, 2003

Global Competition of High-tech Centers with Special View to Asian Nordic Countries

Ari-Veikko Anttiroiko

Dec 04, 2002

IT and “English Imperialism”

Jonathan Lewis

Oct 07, 2002

Overcoming Marginalization: The Case Of Germany; Structural Obstacles And Openings To Integration In Strongly Segregated Sectors

György Széll

Jul 03, 2002

The Journals of Carlos Glass, a Mexican Physician who visited Meiji Japan

Guillermo Quartucci

Jun 24, 2002

Theoretical Problems in Comparative Education

Jürgen K. Schriewer

Nov 16, 2001

How many globalizations? Food and History

Sidney W. Mintz

Jun 06, 2001

The Possibilities of Dialogue in Global Society: The Aided, the Aiding, and the Unaided

Naoko Miyaji

May 23, 2001

Multi-diplomacy: A Practitioner’s Report

Masahiro Omura

Jul 26, 2000

Problems Hindering Socio-Economic Development in Southern Africa

Rajan Mathew

Jul 05, 2000

Changes in Voting Behavior during Indonesia’s Reform Periods

Takeshi Ito

May 26, 2000

Rethinking the Politics of the Lived World

Tessa Morris-Suzuki

Apr 21, 2000

The Relationship between Bhuddism and Society: Issues and Possibilities

Bante Kondanya

Mar 23, 2000

Multi-ethnic Coexistence in Central Asian Education

Ejim Abraev

Nov 25, 1999

Musical Expression that Crosses Borders

Levent Aslan

Nov 18, 1999

The Internationalisation of Self Identity

Michael Richardson

Oct 06, 1999

A View from the Frontier

Tessa Morris-Suzuki

Jul 28, 1999

Is Transnational Civil Society Possible?

Surichai Wungaeo

May 26, 1999

Locating the State and Community in Natural Resource Management

Chantana Banpasirichote Wungaeo