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.
In 2012, global-e took a brief hiatus, during which we reassessed the goals, features, and support infrastructure of our journal. We have also been thinking a lot about you, the reader. We launched global-e in 2008 as a pathbreaking collaboration of global studies centers at four major universities, expanding to six in 2009. Each of the centers contributed some of their federal Title VI resources to get us off the ground and over the next five years our editorial consortium published 48 feature postings on global politics, media, economy, environment, and more. We also posted lively commentaries about pedagogical concerns and about the status of global studies as an academic field.
For the last couple of years, Title VI centers have been subjected to a wave of federal funding cuts that have reduced their budgets by half and forced them to restructure their operations and commitments. global-e has at that same time suffered the loss of key personnel and has been challenged by the complexities of its rotating editorship. We relaunched in summer 2013 with a new look, new leadership, and new publishing objectives that put the user experience front and center. As executive editor, Michael Curtin will be working closely with managing editors Victor Faessel and Steve Smith, and the journal will be based at the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. We will furthermore be supported by a distinguished editorial board comprising leading scholars from around the world and by our ties to the Global Studies Consortium, an alliance of 26 core and some two dozen affiliated global/transnational studies programs on five continents.
Nevertheless, much remains the same with global-e. We still focus our energy on feature essays authored by our editorial board members and by our discriminating readers. We will also be rolling out new sections devoted to classroom resources, job postings, and items of professional interest, such as conferences and publishing news. Finally, we will be complementing our web materials with a social media presence on Twitter and Facebook.
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.