21st century

Our research cluster analyzes the specific features of contemporary globalization, emphasizing the social forces, fields, and trajectories that are shaping our world today.

Areas of Research

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Gender & Islam
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Human Rights
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Media & Culture
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Political Economy


  • Transnational Hollywood poster
    EventsDecember 2017
    A collaborative gathering of film industry leaders and prominent scholars to discuss the transnational circulation of talent and motion picture content, and the making of international co-productions.
  • Craig Calhoun photo
    EventsNovember 2017
    In this lecture, Craig Calhoun will discuss populist movements as responses to failures of large scale systems of societal integration, and failures of elites to lead in full consideration of all citizens.
  • Exploring Emergent Global Thresholds - launch event poster
    EventsNovember 2017
    Discussion on global futures from a predominantly South Asian perspective includuing volume editors and contributors, marking the fruition of a major Orfalea Center project.


a global studies journal

Lenin mural with graffiti, Namibe Town, Angola.
November 23, 2017
Ishtiaq Ahmed

[T]he October 1917 Bolshevik Revolution was a turning point in history when more than 2000 years of philosophy, history, religion, and culture based on the notion of natural inequality among human beings was definitively called into question… [and] set in motion a movement aiming to challenge all social and political orders built upon the presumed right of the privileged to rule over others.

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