IGEA - International Global Ethics Association


The IGEA website can be found here.

The International Global Ethics Association (IGEA) is a non-partisan, non-profit, global academic network, working within the new and emerging field of Global Ethics. It consists of individuals from research and teaching centres across the world.

IGEA carries out research on normative issues raised by the process of globalization. Our research field is the theoretical and practical study of ‘Global Ethics', defined as (1) the 'Ethics under Globalization', indicating the different attempts in current times of globalization to move beyond ethical relativism towards more trans-national and intercultural ways of dialogue and theorizing and discover or construct what binds humans together across cultural and religious differences, and (2) an 'Ethics of Globalization', referring to the different recently developed academic fields like global justice- studies, international migration studies and development ethics, that all focus on new moral and ethical challenges and dilemmas related to the current process of globalization.

IGEA aims at merging these two tracks and thus arriving at a more comprehensive approach towards the moral and ethical issues of our time, through trans-national and multidisciplinary research and exchange of expertise. We therefore use a two-folded strategy: (1) to develop and provide theoretical frameworks to analyze current moral and ethical dilemmas and to translate them into concrete policy recommendations and practical tools, and (2) to contribute to the academic debate, policy debates and practical discussions by organizing a range of multidisciplinary lectures, symposia, seminars, workshops and conferences. IGEA will be engaged in research, public discourse and practical action and therefore its activities will also be of interest to policymakers, community activists, social movements and NGOs.

IGEA is set up as an interdisciplinary, trans-national collaborative learning community in which the interplay of theory and practice plays a predominant role. We emphasize the intricate structure of theoretical and practical outlooks in ethics in general and in Global Ethics in particular. In this, the research that IGEA wants to promote, resonates with a broadly Deweyan-pragmatist ethical tradition that defends a prudent point of view concerning the philosophical foundation of ethical principles. These principles will forever remain provisory and incomplete. IGEA, therefore, will continuously stress the meaning of human and natural diversity and ‘difference'.

In 2006 IGEA organized the first International Global Ethics Association Conference - What is Global Ethics and How to Research It, hosted by the Center for Ethics & Value Inquiry, at Ghent University, Belgium. In 2008 the 2nd Biennial Global Ethics Conference - Questioning Cosmopolitanism - was hosted by the Centre for Citizenship and Human Rights, Deakin University, Australia.

The Third Biennial International Global Ethics Association Conference - Global Ethics: 10 Years into the Millennium - will take place from 30 June - 2 July, 2010 at the University of the West of England, Bristol.

Extended deadline: 7 april. Click here for the CFP or download a pdf version here.

The conference is sponsored by the Journal of Global Ethics, the Network for Global Ethics and Human Rights (University of the West of England), and the Centre for the Study of Global Ethics (University of Birmingham). For further information please contact Dr Christien van den Anker') and Prof. Heather Widdows').


The IGEA Website can be found here, or by clicking on the logo, or type url: http://www.igea.ugent.be/