IGS houses a number of grant-funded research initiatives and scholarly projects, led by faculty from across the college, on interdisciplinary themes and topics of global reach. These initiatives are intended to foster and facilitate intellectual community building among faculty, to encourage research collaborations between faculty and graduate students, involve undergraduate students in scholarly research, and disseminate research insights to extramural audiences.

Current Research Collaboratives

  • Ohanessian Dialogues on Mass Atrocities and Their Aftermaths, a project funded by the Ohanessian Fund for Justice and Peace Studies of the Minneapolis Foundation.
    Faculty leaders: Alejandro Baer (Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies), Evelyn Davidheiser (Institute for Global Studies), Barbara Frey (Human Rights Program)
  • Mapping Transitions through the Vehicle of the Arts, a project funded by the Luce Foundation.
    Faculty leader: Thomas Rose (Department of Art)
  • International Conference on Global Refugees and Migration, a collaborative project of the Immigration History Research Center, Human Rights Program, the Center for German and European Studies, the Center for Austrian Studies, the African Studies Initiative, and the Institute for Global Studies. The listed IGS centers are planning an international conference in 2017 that is designed to highlight CLA strengths in international research on a pressing social issue such as the current global refugee and migration crisis. The conference will highlight scholarly research agendas, an undergraduate panel, an outreach component for K-16 educators as well as the general audiences.
  • Government of Finland/David and Nancy Speer (GOF/DANS) Visiting Professorship
    The GOF/DANS professorship was created in 1989 to stimulate interest in Finland; to raise awareness of unique and important Finnish contributions in cultural, political, and social spheres; and to establish new networks between scholars in Finland and the United States. GOF/DANS professors work at the University of Minnesota from one to three years and have represented many fields of research across the arts, humanities and social sciences. In fulfillment of their charge, GOF/DANS Professors organize scholarly lectures, symposia, conferences, and outreach activities aimed at a general audience.'
  • Post-Cold War. Change and Continuity in the Making of a New World Order at the Turn of the 1990s, a conference held at the University of Minnesota on October 27-28, 2016. For a detailed schedule, please view the program.