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


  • indigenous protestors against Belo Monte Dam in the Brazilian Amazon
    EventsNovember 2018
    Alison Brysk leads a roundtable on emerging frontiers in several areas of human rights scholarship, focusing on developments within global institutions, national-level truth commissions, migrant host societies, and conflicts in Mexico and India.
  • Slavery and Sexual Labor in the Middle East and North Africa conference image
    EventsOctober 2018
    Mellichamp Professor Janet Afary’s 4th Annual Conference of the UCSB Iranian Studies Initiative looks at issues related to slavery, concubinage, prostitution, indentured servitude, as well as the lives of orphans, divorced women, and widows in Iran, the Ottoman Empire, and the Persian Gulf areas.
  • Paris and Hollywood workshop flyer
    EventsSeptember 2018
    Exploring transnationalization processes at the granular level, the workshop examines their forms, effects, conceptual implications, and the ways that professional relationships, policies, and practices help to shape and transform media geographies during an era of intensifying globalization.


a global studies journal

South Asian boy being forcibly moved by two adult men
December 4, 2018

Human trafficking is more often encountered across a number of jurisdictions, these being countries of origin, transit, and destination. The same can be said about corporate global supply chains. An individual jurisdiction’s laws, for example those of the EU, will not address behaviors or crimes that occur in third states. […] Although an imperfect tool, reflexive law is currently being adopted by both the UK and the EU in order to gain some extraterritorial effect for their internal standards and laws.

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