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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August 7, 2020

The very divisive plague that feeds populism runs as deep as the privacy of our homes. Male intellectuals, in most respects part of the supposedly progressive circle, are advancing their research and careers ahead of their female counterparts. The latter are held back not by a lack of talent, but rather by their very marginalization... This othering of women isn’t the result of grand populist rhetoric—to a large extent, it is generated by the very forces who criticize populism.