The Global Center for Advanced Studies (GCAS) is a unique, not-for-profit, research institute fully designed to offer students and faculty a vibrant and courageous alternative to traditional and prohibitively expensive advanced degrees. GCAS is not accredited in the United States but partners with the accredited institutions, Alma Mater Europaea-ECM (AMEU) and Institutum Studiorum Hamanitatis (ISH) in Europe who offer an MA and PhD in the Humanities.
We have hosted rigorous and engaging seminars and workshops in New York, Paris, Grant Rapids, Berlin, Havana, Cincinnati, Maribor, and Athens, (and soon Dhaka, Bangladesh, Santiago de Chile and Sicily, Italy) each created to reanimate the humanities and combine a variety of disciplines intended to foster original and exceptional research relevant to address the most vexing questions of the twenty-first century. We synthesize specialized knowledge both in and outside academia with public intellectuals and artists. It’s our GCAS meta-theoretical compass and narrative that makes visible the invisible fragments of knowledge and practice by uniting an otherwise disparate and largely fragmented ethos.
Our procedure brings together seasoned, burgeoning and aspiring scholars, artists and activists into critical conversation and collaboration with one another over a myriad of subjects from philosophy to poetics, psychology to politics, fostering a creative, emergent alternative and commons.
GCAS was founded by those deeply committed to and passionate about revitalizing the humanities and social sciences to address and redress, via critical scholarship and engaged participation, entrenched and violent power imbalances, pernicious global inequalities, and widespread ecological degradation, among other things. GCAS, in its mandate to mold and create scholars and activists is motivated by an academic resistance to stale and violent hierarchical epistemologies and pedagogies.
Our mission is to rethink thinking itself and in so doing, to invigorate the humanities to generate creative, illuminating and relevant scholarship grappling with pertinent phenomena and challenging moribund paradigms.
GCAS is a thriving experiment in nomadic advanced education, offering all classes both on-line and on-site in our various European, Asian, North American and Caribbean classrooms, each with a fully engageable virtual platform.
GCAS is committed to globalizing (hence democratizing and decolonizing) academic discourse and bringing together students and faculty from around the world to think, research and work complementarily and collaboratively on some of the biggest issues we face. Educational institutions are more and more crippled by a corporate, profit driven ethos designed too often to foster and maintain dominant social hierarchies while creating prisoners to a punitive debt cycle.
Our faculty is here to support each individual GCAS researcher to achieve their personal potential and vision for their life’s work. Students at the Global Center for Advanced Studies are encouraged to synthesizing new approaches to research and forge new ways of understanding our current global challenges. We have engaged live with a long list of the worlds leading thinkers including Oliver Stone, Gayatri Spivak, Alain Badiou, Tarqi Ali, Alain Badiou, Jack Halberstam, Antonio Negri, Jean-Luc Nancy, Clayton Crockett, John D. Caputo, Jeffrey Robbins, Katherine Keller, Carl Reschke, Michael Hardt, Richard Wolff, Slavoj Zizek, and Chris Hedges.
GCAS, however, has brought together a world class faculty, professors, economists, artists, dancers, writers, and filmmakers committed to offering excellent instruction, mentorship and training to a host of burgeoning scholars from across the globe, all for an extremely affordable tuition. GCAS was founded, in part, to serve the radical notion that excellence in education can be accessible to anyone eager to invest their passions, commitments and energies to generating rigorous and relevant research in their respective fields and to create new ones. GCAS is singular in its combined commitments to excellence, global accessibility and affordability. It is currently incubating a group of devoted scholars and activists eager, via demanding research and engagement, to rethink the world and in so doing, seek to better it.
GCAS has already offered classes, seminars and conferences to over 100,000 people from more than 100 nations. We are shaped by our commitment to both theory and praxis, and inspiring new modes of generating both. We offer current and future scholars the opportunity to engage in dynamic cross-cultural and interdisciplinary study while simultaneously offering a new academic model of teaching, learning, thinking and acting towards a more just world.