Rosow earns prestigious visiting position in Australia

Stephen Rosow, a SUNY Oswego professor and chair of the political science department, will serve a month as Distinguished Visiting Professor at Australian National University.

Rosow will begin the prestigious position May 16 in the political science and international relations department at the university in the Australian Capital Territory of Canberra, New South Wales.

Jim George, a senior lecturer at ANU in international relations theory, American foreign policy and Australian politics, recommended Rosow to the dean of the School of Arts and Sciences there. Rosow and George have corresponded for nearly 25 years and met several times at conferences, Rosow said. 

“I’ve actually been an outside examiner for several of his Ph.D. students and several other Ph.D. students there,” he said.

Rosow mainly will lecture to students and faculty on concepts drawn from his two upcoming books. The first will look historically at democratic institutions in ancient Greek society, the Enlightenment and more.

“It is a history of theories about democracy,” Rosow said. “It traces how we now have come to think about democracy in a way that limits democratic activity in favor of a formal structure of democracy.”

Redefining ‘globalization’

The second upcoming book will focus on Australian National University as a political project, dealing with issues of globalization and democratic theory. Rosow said he plans to present this book in lecture form.

Rosow said he believes the term “globalization” is very misleading. Many scholars use it frequently, “like there’s this single, inevitable thing out there called globalization, and I want to get away from that,” he said.

The term seems to imply a unified process rather than a set of different cultural, political, technological and economic developments that are distinct and often contradict one another, Rosow said.

The potential for future connections between SUNY Oswego and the highly ranked Australian institution could be fruitful, he said. This academic year, ANU ranked No. 43 among all international universities in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

“The college has one of the top-ranked political science departments in the world,” Rosow said. “Part of the work will be the informal conversations and meetings with faculty and political science and international relations students, as well as working with graduate students.”

Rosow also has been invited to Melbourne to give a lecture on “The University, Global Politics and Democracy” at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

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(Posted: Apr 27, 2011)

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