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

cars drive around flower clock at Sa'at Al Zouhour Square Alexandria, Egypt
April 18, 2019

For lack of a better name, “resistance nostalgia” is the attempt to recover a golden image of the past while erasing its more unpleasant aspects for the sake of a future that one longs for but cannot articulate specifically because of authoritarian contexts. In this way, nostalgia can be used to overcome censorship in policed societies. […] If using memory as testimonial is imperative for political accountability, nostalgia can be important for the healing process of societies. It makes us forget things that we need to forget so societies can move on.

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