2021 Edition

3 – 7 May 2021


Globalization Week

Understanding Globalization

2nd International Globalization Conference

Globalization is known as the key term for the world in which we live today. We are indeed experiencing a period of unprecedented ease for networked exchange across geographical or time-specific barriers, and an incomparable facility to obtain information, to collaborate, cooperate, and communicate. Yet a simple smartphone opens a universe of possibilities for an individual that would have been altogether unimaginable only 15 years ago. It is indeed evident how closely interwoven we all are in the world – not only virtually but also physically as the Covid-19 pandemic has recently demonstrated. Considering that these are only the most visible aspects of the worldly connection between States, institutions, economies, cultures, and individuals, globalization can be said to be an ever more central key term in today’s global order.

To truly understand globalization, we need a broadened perspective. Phenomena such as the climate crisis, the raging pandemic, the increasing importance of religious, cultural, demographic and technological questions, populism and the crisis of democracy, the strengthened impact of the media on open societies, China’s ascensions, the consequences of Brexit, and the developments in the Middle East and the African States are changes that have an important impact on Europe and all Europeans. What is more, rising uncertainty and inequality are issues that have become huge concerns in public discourses and are similarly perceivable in daily or private situations.

The conference „Understanding Globalization”, organized by the Center for Advanced Studies of Eurac Research intends to provide a platform to discuss these world themes with global experts and break them down to the local level and South Tyrolean reality by establishing an interconnected edge-cutting link on a truly “glocal” level. The international conference in 2021 was the second on the topic and was held as a webinar series.


Jutta Allmendinger

Berlin Social Science Center, Germany

Roland Benedikter

Center for Advanced Studies, Italy

Chiara Bottici

Associate Professor of Philosophy
New School for Social Research, New York City, USA

Kathryn E. Bouskill

Associate Director
RAND Center for Global Risk and Security
Santa Monica, USA

Ingrid Brodnig

Journalist, Columnist and Author, Austria

Anna Ganthaler

Transformational Strategy & Business Design
TUI Group

James Giordano

Professor in the Departments of Neurology & Biochemistry
Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC, USA

Alexey Gromyko

Institute of Europe, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

Mirjam Gruber

Center for Advanced Studies, Italy

Ingrid Kofler

Senior Researcher
Center for Advanced Studies, Italy

Robert Mudida

Institute for Public Policy & Governance
Strathmore University Business School, Nairobi, Kenia

Jan Nederveen Pieterse

Mellichamp Professor of Global Studies and Sociology
University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Peter Oberparleiter

GKN Powder Metallurgy
London, UK and Bruneck-Brunico, South Tyrol, Italy

Manfred Schweigkofler

Stage Director, Creative Consultant, South Tyrol; WeQ-Ambassador, Italy

Harald Pechlaner

Center for Advanced Studies, Eurac Research, Italy

Dieter Steger

Republic of Italy, Rome

Manfred B. Steger

Globalization Researcher and Professor
University of Hawaii, Manoa, USA

Werner Weidenfeld

Center for Applied Policy Research, University of Munich, Germany

Video recordings

Globalization Week “Understanding Globalization”
3 – 7 May 2021