Exploring the Relationship between Global Studies and Ekistics


  • Ian Fookes University of Auckland




Ekistics, Global Studies, Decolonisation, Pacific, Aotearoa, Transdisciplinarity


The special issue of  Ekistics and the New Habitat (2021, vol. 81 Issue No.3) was initially thought to be straightforward and timely. However, since the call for papers in 2019, the terms of the title  'The Global Pacific: Coastal and Human Habitats' have elicited a call for clarification. This article aims to respond by explaining what is understood by the term 'Global Pacific' as it is used in this special issue's title, and thus articulate the position with which the contributors to this issue are associated. To do so, the author discusses the features of transformative global studies, identifying a resistance among global studies scholars to providing any essential definition of their 'boundaryless' discipline. While this openness sits uncomfortably with the efforts of other global studies scholars to define global studies within institutional contexts, it is an ethical stance that enables global studies to constantly redefine themselves and their discipline in terms of their research practice. It is argued that this stance echoes what Michel Foucault described as an ethic of the care of the self, and what others have called subjectivation. Finally, the theory and practice of ekistics is introduced and compared with global studies in such a way as to situate the special issue in relation to these two disciplines. In this way, readers can appreciate how the special issue focuses on a certain 'Global Pacific', which is located in relation to both global studies approaches and ekistic methods.    

Author Biography

Ian Fookes, University of Auckland

Lecturer in the School of Cultures in the School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics at the University of Auckland, Ian Fookes is developing his PhD thesis into a book entitled Victor Segalen: Exotisme, Altérité, Transcendance, which traces the evolution of a French poet's conception of exoticism and diversity at the beginning of the 20th century. Ian's research explores identity construction through cross-cultural encounter and travel writing, while studying multiculturalism and the role literature and poetry can play in facing the effects of climate change.  



How to Cite

Fookes, I. (2022). Exploring the Relationship between Global Studies and Ekistics. Ekistics and The New Habitat, 81(3), 3–9. https://doi.org/10.53910/26531313-E2021813634

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