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


  • Ingrid Kofler photo
    EventsFebruary 2019
    Mellichamp initiative visiting scholar discusses how global processes must be considered to understand the impact developments such as digitization, migration, etc. have on regional labor markets. The flexibility of an internationally mobile workforce and accelerating changes in skill requirements produce disparities on multiple levels.
  • EventsFebruary 2019
    Speaker David Hesmondhalgh discusses the political-economic and moral-economic implications of the increasing power of streaming services as gatekeepers to music and television content and the increasing penetration of giant tech corporations and start-ups into the realm of music and television.
  • Contesting Human Rights book cover
    PublicationsJanuary 2019
    Mellichamp Professor Alison Brysk’s new co-authored volume examines the barriers and changing pathways to the full realization of human rights, presenting a thorough proposal for the reframing of these rights around new opportunities at and below the state level as well as creative pathways for global governance in the face of modern challenges.
shrouded prisoner at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq stands on box, electrical wires attached to hands wires
February 14, 2019

While prior to 9/11, having reached a certain degree of consensus on impermissible conduct irrespective of its specific designation, the emphasis was on the distinct features of different forms of inhumane treatment, the post-9/11 era blurred the boundary between permissible and impermissible conduct. This was made possible by a series of converging developments that privileged the maintenance of security and, in the process, created a perfect storm for the protection of persons.

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