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Last modified: Monday, June 6, 2011

IU announces initial 15 Framing the Global fellows

Project supported by $755,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

June 6. 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The first 15 projects have been selected for a new interdisciplinary research studies initiative at Indiana University that focuses on global issues and their linkages across borders and to local communities.

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Principal grant investigators Hilary Kahn and Janet Rabinowitch (standing) and sponsoring editor Rebecca Tolen.

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The initiative, "Framing the Global," has received support in the form of a $755,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, through its Universities and Their Presses Program.

Principal investigators Janet Rabinowitch, director of IU Press, and Hilary E. Kahn, associate director of the IU Center for the Study of Global Change, said the process of choosing the initial projects was very challenging. More than 100 scholars from around the world applied and there were 21 finalists.

"This is a really fantastic interdisciplinary group," said Kahn, who also directs IU's Ph.D. Minor in Global Studies. "All of them take a local agenda and try to explore that particularity through a global context and a broader framework. We have some focusing on the global through the local and we have others focusing on the local through the global.

"It will be interesting to see how the different disciplines define these issues," she added.

The research fellows will receive financial support for scholarly research and publications. They will constitute a working group that will develop new interdisciplinary knowledge, approaches and methods in the field of global studies and apply them toward new understandings.

The Framing the Global Fellows and their research topics are:

  • Tim Bartley, associate professor of sociology in the IU College of Arts and Sciences, "Transnational Governance and the Layering of Rules: Beyond the Regulatory Void."
  • Manuela Ciotti, research fellow at the International Research Center IGK at Humboldt University Berlin, "Modern and Contemporary Indian Art and the Global: Culture, Capital and the Development of Post-Colonial Taste."
  • Deborah Cohen, associate professor of history at the University of Missouri at St. Louis; and Lessie Jo Frazier, associate professor of gender studies, adjunct assistant professor of history, anthropology and cultural studies, all in the IU College of Arts and Sciences; "Global '68, Its Erotics and Legacies."
  • Stephanie DeBoer, assistant professor of communication and culture and in the international studies program in the IU College of Arts and Sciences, "No Hard Edges: Contingencies of Chinese Digital Film, Media and Space."
  • Zsuzsa Gille, associate professor of sociology at the University of Illinois, "Pigs, Paprika and Predestination: The European Union as Material Civilization."
  • Anne Griffiths, professor of anthropology of law at the University of Edinburgh School of Law, "Pathways to Law in a Global Context: Continuities and Change over Time."
  • Rachel Harvey, postdoctoral research scholar for the Center on Global Legal Transformation at Columbia Law School, "Grounding Globalizing: A Historical Study of the Global Foreign Exchange Market."
  • Prakash Kumar, assistant professor of history at Colorado State University, "The Science of Genetically Modified Crops, World Trade Organization and Resistance."
  • Michael Mascarenhas, assistant professor of science and technology studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, "Developing Research, Researching Development: Understanding Knowledge Production about the World's Water Problems."
  • Deirdre McKay, senior lecturer in social geography and environmental politics at Keele University in the United Kingdom, "An Archipelago of Care."
  • Sean Metzger, assistant professor of English and theater studies at Duke University, "The Archipelogics of Belonging: Cultural Production in the Chinese Atlantic."
  • Faranak Miraftab, associate professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Illinois, "Faraway Intimate Developments: Global Restructuring of Social Reproduction in Illinois, Togo and Mexico."
  • Alex Perullo, associate professor of anthropology, ethnomusicology and African studies at Bryant University, "Globalization and Intellectual Property Rights."
  • William E. Scheuerman, professor of political science in the IU College of Arts and Sciences, "Why Not World Government?"
  • Katerina Teaiwa, Pacific studies convener, head of the Pacific unit in the School of Culture, History and Language at the Australian National University College of Asia and the Pacific and also head of the Pasifika Australia Outreach Program, "Indigenous Peoples and the Global Remix."

The fellows will contribute to a book series, Global Research Studies, that will be published by IU Press. Rebecca Tolen, sponsoring editor at IU Press, will be the editor for the series. The project also will invite distinguished scholars to visit the campus, give public lectures, meet with students and faculty at IU, and consult with the working group. An international conference is planned.

Deborah Piston-Hatlen

Deborah Piston-Hatlen is the project's coordinator

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Rabinowitch, also a distinguished editor in the field of Russian and Eastern European studies, said that many of the projects show the global implications of issues that people face in their own communities, in a local context.

"They reveal impacts and relationships that are not necessarily well known," she added.

Also guiding the project are program coordinator Deborah Piston-Hatlen, and an advisory committee consisting of faculty and administrators from the IU Maurer School of Law, the Hutton Honors College, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Kelley School of Business and the School of Journalism.

IU Press has a long and distinguished history of publishing in the fields of international and area studies, especially publications that cross disciplines and apply interdisciplinary methodologies. The IU Center for the Study of Global Change has consistently promoted and facilitated global research and scholarly conversations that cross world regions and academic boundaries through innovative approaches.

The IU Bloomington campus is home to seven National Resource Centers and three programs also have been awarded Title VI funding from the U.S. Department of Education. IU offers instruction in more than 70 languages and offers a plethora of programs that support greater understanding of the world's cultures.