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, encourage research collaborations between faculty and graduate students, involve undergraduate students in scholarly research, and disseminate research insights to extramural audiences.

Current Research Collaboratives


  • Seeking Refuge in a Changing World is a collaborative project that investigates a world of people in flux. In a series of multidisciplinary explorations, the collaborative will investigate the global developments forcing people to seek refuge, the motivations and experiences of the refugees themselves, the impact of these migrations on sending and receiving communities, and the political, social, environmental, and cultural responses to the mass migrations around the globe. Events spanned the 2017-2018 academic year and included public lectures, panels, educator workshops, and arts exhibitions, to culminate in a daylong symposium in April.
  • 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 aimed 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. 
  • 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.