The word globalisation is a dangerous one; it conjures up a potpourri of meanings and politics. This malleability and conceptual opacity is also its strength, opening up new possibilities of approaches and conceptualisations. The four programmes of the ACGS – mobility, sustainability, aesthetics and connectivity – provide an ideal starting point for the study of globalisation from the perspective of the humanities. They allow for a configuration of Globalisation Studies that moves beyond the economic, the strictly political and the anthropocentric biases that characterise the field today. Instead, the innovative approaches the ACGS strives for will be sensitive as well as critical towards the conceptual, cultural, technological, aesthetic and medium-specific dimensions of globalisation.