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


  • EventsJune 2018
    The Mellichamp Language and Globalization lecture series co-sponsors a lecture by Susan Gal of the University of Chicago that explores how discursive and rhetorical strategies close down and homogenize mass mediated political talk.
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    PublicationsJune 2018
    Mellichamp Professor Alison Brysk’s new book with Polity Press sets out a pragmatic reformist agenda for human rights in the 21st century. Tracing problems and solutions through contemporary case studies, she shows that the dynamic strength of human rights lies in their evolving political practice.
  • EventsMay 2018
    Mellichamp Lecture Series speaker Miguel John Versluys of Leiden University will sketch a (deep) historical perspective on globalization focusing on the Roman Empire in particular, in which the Romans had to make sense of the impact of the ever-widening Eurasian networks they became part of.
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June 14, 2018

Tackling online violent extremist content is rightly an important priority for policy-makers; research has found that the internet plays an important facilitative role in contemporary terrorism. Ensuring that the biggest platforms remove such content as swiftly as possible—or block it altogether—is clearly an essential part of an effective strategy. In pursuit of this objective, however, it is important not to lose sight of the consequential displacement effects. Steps must also be taken to prevent terrorist exploitation of… other dimensions of the social media ecology.

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