Producing Knowledge on World Regions
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Despite wide consensus among higher education leaders that U.S. universities are undergoing a process of "globalization," there is little agreement about just what globalization means, what propels it, or what intellectual, political, and ethical consequences it will bring for American higher education. The SSRC's Producing Knowledge on World Regions Program seeks to develop an intellectual framework and a social science agenda for assessing the globalization of higher education as well as the relationships between American universities, specific world regions, and an increasingly interconnected global higher education universe.
The project is based on findings that have emerged from a six-year research project looking at how American universities in general, and federally-funded National Resource Centers (NRCs) in particular, organize research and instruction on several adjacent world regions: the Middle East, Russia/Eurasia, and South Asia. The first phase of the project focused primarily on Middle East Studies (MES) centers on US campuses, with a special focus on the role of these centers in promoting interdisciplinarity and internationalization in the field. A report on Phase One can be found here
. The project's second phase focused on NRCs for Middle East, Russia/Eurasia, and South Asia in order to capture interconnections and geographies that fall between area studies definitions (including Central Asia, the Persian Gulf region and the Indian Ocean).