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


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    EventsApril 2019
    The Mellichamp Global Dynamics Initiative cosponsors the 7th biennial Media Fields conference, "Display: Excess and Visibility in Film, Media, and Culture," exploring topics ranging from migrant detention centers and adult trade shows to electronic control weaponry and theatrical video game performances.
  • EventsMarch 2019
    This presentation by UCSB alumnus Greg Burris examines the history of Black-Palestinian relations, analyzing linkages that have been fashioned through a variety of media forms. Co-sponsored by the 21st Century Global Dynamics initiative.
  • EventsFebruary 2019
    The 3rd annual graduate student conference of the Society of Global Scholars, "Transgressing Global Borders," is a call to scholars, activists, social movements, and students to rethink and respond to current discourses surrounding borders. Co-sponsored by the 21st Century Global Dynamics initiative.


a global studies journal

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June 13, 2019

Just as in the North, intellectuals of the global South have engaged in serious consideration of what development should be and how it should be carried out. It is clear that the South's development thinking reflects local political and economic contexts, and that those changed over time. The degree of antithesis between these orientations depended upon the historical relationship between individual countries of the South and the colonizing North.