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

Bansky mural painting in Bethlehem -- Armored Dove of Peace
January 9, 2018

The most fundamental social dynamic governing most relationships, and the DNA for peacefulness, is the norm of reciprocity. It has been systematically isolated and marginalized from the realm of the political by those who want to argue the primacy of the state. […] The politics of compassion, therefore, is the opposite of dominatory, fear driven, xenophobic politics based on a monopoly of force and coercion. 

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