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The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Global Citizenship and Humanities Scholarship: Toward a Twenty-First Century Agenda

Michael Karlberg.

At the opening of the twenty-first century, when humanity is struggling to come to terms with the exigencies of global interdependence, the critique and deconstruction of anachronistic social constructs is a necessary but insufficient undertaking in the humanities. The humanities will remain relevant to the extent that humanities scholars also articulate constructive insights regarding how to approach globalization in a just, sustainable, and humane manner. Toward this end, much can be learned from naturally occurring, yet widely overlooked, experiments with global integration and global citizenship. This paper presents a case study of the international Bahá'í community in order to illustrate such an approach.


Michael Karlberg  (Canada)
Assistant Professor
Department of Communication
Western Washington University

Michael Karlberg is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Western Washington University. His research in the field of culture, communication, and conflict will be published as a book in the spring of 2004 under the title Beyond the Culture of Contest (Oxford: George Ronald).

  • Global citizenship
  • Globalization
  • Global interdependence
  • Humanities agenda
  • Case study

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)