The thinker’s guide to the 21st century: Globalisation



25 October 2017


General Lecture, Theatre The Quadrangle, The University of Sydney


Public event

There is no word with more purchase in present political discourse than Globalisation. But what does it mean, and why is it so important?

This panel surveyed the extent of today’s globalisation, and asks: How globalised is the world really? What is the significance of this idea for politics? Is globalisation good for us? Does the European Union represent the past or a future, a world increasingly interconnected and interdependent, or torn apart? Have we arrived at an impasse and begun to fragment around nationalist economics and ideologies?


  • Dr Thomas Adams
    Dr Thomas Adams
    Senior Lecturer in History and American Studies, University of Sydney

    Dr Thomas Jessen Adams was previously a lecturer at the United States Studies Centre. He continues to be a Lecturer in American Studies and History at the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry at the University of Sydney. His research and writing focuses on political economy, labour, social movements, urban history, and race, gender, and American politics.

  • Professor John Romalis

    John Romalis received his PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2001. His research in international trade includes theoretical and empirical studies of the determinants of international trade flows including the quality of traded goods, the effects of preferential trade agreements, and the causes of the international trade collapse during the global financial crisis.

  • Professor Glenda Sluga

    Glenda Sluga is Professor of International History, and ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellow at the University of Sydney. She has published widely on the cultural history of international relations, internationalism, the history of European nationalisms, sovereignty, identity, immigration and gender history. In 2013, she was awarded a five-year Australian Research...