Middle Class Phenomenon in Emerging Markets Conference
Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 8:00 AM - Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 6:00 PM (EDT)
The ascension of the middle class (MC) in rapidly transforming economies of East Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East is one of the most remarkable phenomena of recent decades. Given the magnitude of the changes felt by vast numbers of households across the globe as well as the importance the issue holds in the realms of society, politics, business, economics, and culture, examining the middle classes in emerging markets (EMs) will be a topic of investigation for years to come in multiple areas of academic inquiry.
While a consensus definition may not exist, the middle class generally refers to growing number of households in EMs who have access to a substantial disposable income that they can now direct towards discretionary purchases. One benchmark is having at least 30 percent of total household income available for discretionary consumption. The business community is not alone in studying the MC phenomenon. Scholars from such disciplines as film, media, communication, sociology, anthropology, political science, literature, education, history, art, urban studies, geography, and architecture are also actively examining this topic. A special interest of some scholars is to contrast the contemporary developments in EMs with those already experienced by mature, post-industrial economies. Some also approach the middle class as a social phenomenon that derives meaning from social and cultural practices, while others treat it as political power with the capacity to shape a country’s social, political, economic, and cultural landscape.
By design, this conference will bring together scholars from multiple disciplines and countries to examine the middle class in emerging markets from at least three key themes: consumers, citizens, and the media.
We welcome a broad range of empirical and conceptual contributions. The deadline for proposal submission has been extended to April 30, 2013. Please submit a 300-word, double-spaced abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org » Make sure to include a biographical sketch, related work in this area, and your contact information.
Venue & Accomadations:
All conference sessions and panels will take place at GSU’s Buckhead Center »
A special rate of $88/night at Springhill Suites by Marriott Atlanta Buckhead has been obtained for conference participants. Hotel accommodations include complimentary internet and breakfast during the conference dates. Reservations must be made by September 5, 2013 in order to receive the reduced rate.
For more information, please visit http://robinson.gsu.edu/middleclassconference/venue.html, or email email@example.com
When & Where
GSU-Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER)
Designated as a center of excellence by the U.S. Department of Education in April 2010, Georgia State University’s Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) serves as a regional and national resource to businesses, students and academics. CIBER at Georgia State implements programs focused on improving American competitiveness and helping U.S. businesses succeed in global markets. Building on rich traditions of curriculum and faculty internationalization, strong ties to the corporate community, and exemplary programs such as the Global Partners MBA and the MIB, Georgia State University has been at the forefront of international business education, research and outreach.
One of GSU-CIBER's signature activities has been to spearhead the Southeast U.S. Higher Education Consortium for International Business. The consortium leads the formation of a collaborative higher education community composed of two-year, four-year, and historically black colleges and universities in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. The consortium serves as a clearinghouse for faculty development, teaching material preparation, regional resource sharing and technical assistance with writing DOE grant proposals. Students at consortium schools will participate in jointly sponsored study abroad and work abroad programs.