Saturday 7 March 2009

New Center for International and Global Studies in the USA

Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri, has recently founded a Center for International and Global Studies (CIGS). Director of the Center is Professor Ray Scupin, an anthropologist interested international studies and the anthropology of religion, in particular Islam. Ray is an authority on Islam in Thailand, another country peripheral to the Dar al-Islam that has my interest too.

As part of its activities, CIGS is launching a new scholarly journal, that may be of interest to those working on global or cosmopolitan Islam:

The Journal for International and Global Studies is seeking articles that address today’s global world. In particular, it seeks high-quality, original work that is based on both theory and practice. We encourage submissions from all fields, but pay particular attention to anthropology, education, geography, history, international relations, international management, political science, religion, and sociology. Specifically, the journal seeks:

* Studies that critically examine (i.e., not just describe) global content, ideas, organizations, policies, or practices
* Studies that situate phenomena within their local, national, regional, or global context
* Studies that consider international and global phenomena historically and in the present
* Studies that are explicitly based in conceptual frameworks, representing one or more established, emerging, or grounded paradigms
* Studies that are based upon qualitative data, quantitative data, policy documents or other texts from existing scholarship
* Studies that explore major international and global issues

Materials submitted to the JI&GS are judged on the following criteria: (1) use of a theoretical or conceptual framework, (2) acknowledgment of relevant literature, (3) originality in analysis, (4) appropriateness of methodological approach, (5) contribution to the advancement of knowledge, (6) use of a global perspective, and (7) clarity of expression.

For details on Submission of Manuscripts see the author's guidelines

We will also publish book reviews in the journal. If you are interested in reviewing a book on a topic dealing with globalization issues, please contact us.

The deadline for the submission of essays and book reviews for the first issue of the journal is July 1, 2009.

We are also seeking high-quality book manuscripts dealing with globalization topics for publication through the Center. If you are interested in publishing your manuscript through the Center, please send an abstract of your monograph or proposed monograph to

We look forward to receiving essays, book reviews, and proposals for book monographs from all over the world on globalization issues.

For further inquiries, contact the director:

Ray Scupin PhD
Director, Center for International and Global Studies
Chair, Department of Anthropology and Sociology
Lindenwood University
209 S. Kingshighway
St. Charles, MO 63301 USA
PHONE: 636-949-4730

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