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How the Global became National after 1989: Economic Thinking at Non-Aligned Banks, the United Nations, and the World Bank.

Freitag 3. Mai 2019, 18:00 Uhr – 20:00 Uhr

CITAS Conference Keynote Lecture by Johanna Bockman

Prof. Dr. Johanna Bockman, Associate Professor of Sociology and Global Affairs at George Mason University, discusses how neoliberalism has misread "nationalism" turning it into a bogey term. Thus second and third world countries' global connectedness likewise before 1989 has been overlooked.

Neoliberals call movements that they do not like “nationalist.” However, many global movements, such as Pan-Africanism and the Non-Aligned Movement called themselves nationalist. In the 1970s, for example, such movements declared themselves “revolutionary nationalists” and “internationalists” at the same time. In this talk, I examine how these movements and the institutions that supported them combined nationalism and internationalism/globalization. I look at three of these institutions: the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI, a non-aligned bank), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the World Bank. After 1989, economists in the World Bank misrepresented the countries in the Second and Third Worlds as always isolated nation-states, which had to open up to the global economy. This had the paradoxical effect of making the countries that had already been global to become national and undermined earlier forms of internationalism/globalization. I conclude by discussing what this means for our understandings of globalization and nationalism today.

Bio: Johanna Bockman is Associate Professor of Sociology and Global Affairs at George Mason University. She is the author of Markets in the Name of Socialism: The Left-Wing Origins of Neoliberalism (2011). More recently, she has completed articles on Yugoslav experts in Latin America, structural adjustment as a socialist project, and gentrification in Washington, DC, as well as took part in a translation of an article by Karl Polanyi on his vision of socialism. She is working on two book projects, one called The People’s History of the Debt Crisis: From the Perspectives of the Second and Third Worlds and the other Just One Block: Race, Radical Politics, and Revanchism in Washington, DC.

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