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Encountering the Global Countryside

Date January 24

We invite you to join us next week for a day of presentations and discussion from the ERC GLOBAL-RURAL project, which we have been conducting in DGES over the last five years. The presentations will explore different aspects of the impacts of globalization on rural areas, and rural community responses, including food and agriculture, land-grabbing, migration and cultural globalization – with case studies from Wales, Brazil, China, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and beyond.

The programme finishes with a special screening at 3.30pm of a new documentary film, En Route: Young Migrants in Rural Sardinia, telling the stories of teenage refugees in two asylum reception centres in Sardinia. This has been made by Gaetano Crivaro and Margherita Pisano with the GLOBAL-RURAL project.

There will also be an exhibition of objects and curiosities collected through the research.

The event is free and open to the public. Please join us for the whole day, or drop in when you can.


9.30am   ‘In Search of the Global Countryside’ – Professor Michael Woods 

‘Uniqueness and Ubiquity: Remaking Newtown in a global era’ – Dr Laura Jones, Dr Jesse Heley                   and Dr Sam Saville

‘The World Comes to Wales for the Weekend: Celebration and Resistance at Rural Festivals’ –                      Dr Sam Saville

11.00am    Coffee break

11.30am   ‘Rural Land in Global Production Assemblages’ – Dr Marc Welsh

‘Agribusiness, Rural Communities and Resistance in Brazil’ – Dr Francesca Fois

‘Land-grabs, Biofuels and Rural Community Responses in Liberia’ – Fidel Budy

1.00 pm     Lunch

1.45 pm     ‘Gap-year Christians in Tanzania: Faith-based international volunteering and global                                     citizenship’ – Beth Saunders

‘Migration and Rural Cosmopolitanism in the Global Countryside’ – Dr Anthonia                                        Onyeahialam and Professor Michael Woods

‘(Re-)Assembling the Global Countryside: Applications and Lessons for Rural Development’ –                    Professor Michael Woods

3.15 pm     Break

3.30pm     Film Screening: En Route: Young Migrants in Rural Sardinia – a film by Gaetano Crivano and                      Margherita Pisano. Introduced by Dr Francesca Fois, followed by discussion.  En route_ENG (1)

4.30pm     approx Finish







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