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


  • Remapping European Media Cultures during the Cold War: Networks, Encounters, Exchanges. A symposium at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, March 30 - April 1, 2017. This symposium aims to systematically examine European media during the Cold War in terms of such histoires croisées, tracing the transnational encounters between Eastern and Western European media industries and cultures between 1945 and 1990. The symposium will engage with a wide range of media forms and practices, from the moving image to sound to print.  Interested participants can see the Call for Proposals here. Submission deadline: November 15, 2016.
  • 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.
  • 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.