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
- 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)
- Middle East Collaborative: An Interdisciplinary Initiative. The Middle East, North Africa, and Islamic Studies (MENAIS) research collaborative is a network of scholars and researchers spanning the social sciences and humanities and time periods from the pre-modern era to the contemporary world. Its scholarship addresses the most puzzling enigmas of the past and the most pertinent issues of the present with the goal of advancing knowledge and informed discussion about this critically misunderstood and misrepresented part of the world. Visit its website for more details on programs and activities and for biographies of the members.
- 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.