University of Pittsburgh
March 30, 2008

The University of Pittsburgh to Present Global Academic Partnership Conference,Aundre Gunder Frank's Legacy of Critical Social Science, April 11-13

Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH—The University of Pittsburgh will present a conference in honor of the life and work of the late Andre Gunder Frank, a pioneer in global analysis in history and social science. The conference, which will include three free public plenary sessions, will take place April 11-13 in David Lawrence Hall, 3942 Forbes Ave., Oakland.

Frank died in April 2005, after a prolific 50-year career as a social scientist. This conference, titled Aundre Gunder Frank's Legacy of Critical Social Science, will assemble the noted scholars with whom Frank worked and debated, to remember Frank's contributions and to identify future directions of study in the field of critical social science. The conference will address the following topics:

• Underdevelopment and dependency in Latin America;

• World accumulation and world system;

• 5000-year world system;

• East Asia in the world economy;

• Social movements; and

• Contemporary political and economic analysis.

Registration, payable on site April 11 or 12, is $60 (general) and $30 (students). However, the general public may attend the following plenary sessions at no cost, in 120 David Lawrence Hall:

"Contributions of Andre Gunder Frank," 5-7 p.m., April 11

Speakers: Barry K. Gills, professor of global politics, University of Newcastle, United Kingdom; Anibal Quijano, professor of sociology, Binghamton University; John Beverley, professor of Hispanic languages and literatures, University of Pittsburgh; and Albert Bergesen, professor of sociology, University of Arizona.

"East Asia in the World Economy," 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., April 12

Speakers: Giovanni Arrighi, professor of sociology, Johns Hopkins University; Kenneth Pomeranz, Chancellor's Professor of History, University of California, Irvine; and Kaoru Sugihara, professor of economic and political dynamics, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, Japan.

"Critical Social Science," 4:30-6:30 p.m., April 12

Speakers: Immanuel Wallerstein, professor emeritus of sociology, Yale University; Christopher Chase-Dunn, distinguished professor of sociology and director of the Institute for Research on World-Systems at the University of California, Riverside; and Thomas D. Hall, Edward Myers Dolan Chair in Anthropology, DePauw University.

This conference is funded by a Global Academic Partnership grant from Pitt's Global Studies Program in affiliation with the University Center for International Studies, with additional support from the Office of the Provost. Further support has been provided by Pitt's School of Arts and Sciences, Center for Latin American Studies, Department of History, Department of Economics, Department of Sociology, Department of Africana Studies, and Cultural Studies Program and by the World History Network, Inc.

For more information, contact Patrick Manning at 412-648-7478 or, or visit