dateSunday, 14 April
time9 AM

Conference at GUST

Global Citizenship in the Arabian Gulf and Beyond

Global Citizenship is the umbrella term for social, political, environmental, and economic actions of globally minded individuals and communities on a worldwide scale. It has gained popularity as one of the United Nation’s goals for human dignity, empowerment, and for positive change in societies. Global Citizenship attempts to cross over between different groups of people, surpassing separatist categories that continue to exclude people within societies. Global Citizenship aims to create more ethical, tolerant, diverse, and inclusive youth cultures, gender equity, and disability inclusion.

  • What does it mean to be a global citizen today in Kuwait, in the Gulf, and beyond, and how can it be achieved?
  • Equity and human rights
  • Social justice
  • Cosmopolitanism now and in the past
  • Migration and Global Citizenship
  • Civic Education in the Middle East and elsewhere
  • How was global citizenship conceived in the past?
  • What are the roots of exclusion and how are these phenomena manifest in Gulf societies and other societies?
  • How can policy-makers, educators, and researchers contribute to the creation and empowerment of global citizens in Kuwait and elsewhere?
  • Climate change and environment

Start date

April 14-15, 2024

The following topics can be debated

  • Identity politics and belonging
  • The situation of migrant and domestic workers
  • Gender inequalities, barriers to women’s inclusion at the workplace, women’s empowerment
  • Inclusion in schools, anti-bullying, and tolerance
  • Critical global citizenship provides much-needed focus on postcolonial perspectives (UNESCO report)
  • Disability and Education

The conference is in keeping with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) developed by UNESCO within the framework of “SDG4 on Global Citizenship Education” and “UNESCO for the Gulf States and Yemen” the goal is to empower Students through Global Citizenship Education

Keynote speakers

Prof. Massimiliano Tarozzi, University of Bologna

Dr. Khalaf Marhoun AlAbri, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman

Dr. Huda Alazmi, Kuwait University

Dr. Nesma Elsakaan, University of Palermo

The conference takes place at the Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST) in Kuwait and is organized by the GUST Global Studies Center.

There is no registration fee.

Abstracts are due by December 15, 2023.

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