21st century
GLOBAL DYNAMICS

a MELLICHAMP RESEARCH INITIATIVE
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

Spotlight

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    EventsJanuary 2020
    Mellichamp Professor Alison Brysk hosts a workshop asking the questions, 'What are the common patterns and national distinctions of the worldwide wave of nationalist violence?', and 'How can we contest these patterns and reconfigure the international rights regime and democratic institutions to address them?'
  • PublicationsJanuary 2020
    A new essay collection, edited by Global Dynamics Initiative members Victor Faessel and Michael Curtin together with Richard Falk, gathers a wide range of perspectives on reviving public imagination in a time of worldwide populist politics, nationalist resurgence, and climate crisis.
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    PublicationsMay 2019
    In this seminal text, Mellichamp Professor Jan Nederveen Pieterse disputes the view that we are experiencing a “clash of civilizations” as well as the idea that globalization leads to cultural homogenization, arguing instead that we are witnessing the formation of a global mélange culture through processes of cultural mixing or hybridization.
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October 23, 2020

Rather than just locally mending what global problems produce in specific locales, it is preferable to engage proactively and recognize both the challenge and the danger of wanting the benefits but not the responsibilities intrinsic to a globalized world. A central feature of such recognition involves acknowledging the basically spiritual nature and underlying unity of humankind and all beings as foundational to any program of re-globalization.