Multi-Disciplinary and Multi-Country Perspectives
an international conference
About the Conference
- Doctoral Students:
Conference registration fee covers:
- Reception on September 11
- Lunch and dinner on September 12
- Lunch on September 13
- All planned coffee breaks
- Conference materials
Participants in optional excursions will incur an additional fee.Register to attend
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 continues to 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.
- Capture what we already know about, and generate a holistic understanding, of the middle class phenomenon in emerging markets
- Formulate and advance a multi-disciplinary research agenda
- Facilitate the formation of collaborative research networks among scholars
- Prepare and disseminate an edited book, featuring select papers presented at the conference (Additional publications may include a reader on middle class in emerging economies.)
- September 11-13, 2014
- Deadline to submit papers for publication
- August 15, 2014
- Conference Organizers
- Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro NUPIN: Núcleo de Pesquisas em Negócios Internacionais
- Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), Georgia State University
- Conference Chairs
- Angela da Rocha, IAG Escola de Negócios
- S. Tamer Cavusgil, Robinson College of Business
- The China Center at the Carter Center
- A large number of academic, business, and media organizations have agreed to co-sponsor this event.
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