Global Moral Panics is a two-day conference to be held on the campus of Indiana University, Bloomington, on Friday and Saturday, October 10 and 11, 2014.  It will bring together scholars from diverse fields to explore “global moral panics”:  issues hyped in the media and public discourse that crystallize a problem of geopolitical inequality.

The organizers have invited contributing scholars to consider a range of issues that might be conceptualized in this way, from human trafficking to sex work, tourism, piracy, epidemics, child soldiering, invasive species, climate change and more. We suggest that such panics often envision a threat arising in the third world and threatening the first, imagine avenues for first-world citizens as saviors, propose solutions that criminalize migrants and laborers, and expand punitive state capacity. Participants will explore the symbolic strategies and social conditions behind these phenomena so as to expose, subvert, and redirect the disciplinary, policing approaches that have dominated crisis debates of late.

The Symposium is also the annual Cultural Studies Conference and is supported by the Cultural Studies Program, the Department of American Studies, the College Arts and Humanities Institute, the Ostrom Foundation, the Center for the Study of Global Change, and the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs.  It is a product of the Indiana University Global Moral Panics Working Group, a coalition of faculty and graduate students interested in global social justice and in changing the conversation around human trafficking on the Bloomington campus and beyond.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our conference administrators: