We are delighted to announce that the keynote lecture will be delivered by Professor Inderjeet Parmar (City University London).
Professor Inderjeet Parmar’s research interests focus on the history, politics and sociology of Anglo-American foreign policy elites over the past 100 years, specifically embodied in organisations such as philanthropic foundations, think tanks, policy research institutes, university foreign affairs institutes, and state agencies. In 2012, he published Foundations of the American Century: The Ford, Carnegie, and Rockefeller Foundations in the Rise of American Power with Columbia University Press. Parmar reveals the complex interrelations, shared mindsets, and collaborative efforts of influential public and private organizations in the building of American hegemony. Focusing on the involvement of the Ford, Rockefeller, and Carnegie foundations in U.S. foreign affairs, Parmar traces the transformation of America from an “isolationist” nation into the world’s only superpower, all in the name of benevolent stewardship. Incorporating case studies of American philanthropy in Nigeria, Chile, and Indonesia, Parmar boldly exposes the knowledge networks underwriting American dominance in the twentieth century.
Professor Parmar read Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Sociology at the University of London. Prior to appointment at City University London (starting September 2012), he taught at the University of Manchester for 21 years, mainly in its Department of Government (now Politics) which, between 2006-09, he served as Head of Politics. Professor Parmar is currently serving as President of the British International Studies Association. He is co-editor of a book series, Routledge Studies in US Foreign Policy and Principal Investigator and co-ordinator of the AHRC Research Network on the Presidency of Barack Obama. Professor Parmar was a member of the Working Group on Think Tanks of the Social Science Research Council, New York, 2007, and co-convenor of the BISA Working Group on US Foreign Policy, 2005-09. He has appeared on Al Jazeera’s Inside Story, and on BBC Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed, as well as numerous local and national radio stations.