Social Science Knowledge and Its Future

In this talk, Ken Prewitt will reflect on the past half-century of social science research, a “golden era” marked (in the U.S.) by the arrival of “big science,” the huge increase in readily-available government data, the significant dedication of foundation funds, the explosion of numbers in both PhDs and job opportunities, and the growth of a policy enterprise.  As features of this golden era fade, Prewitt will identify a few key features emerging in the search for a new platform for advancing the social sciences. Lecture by: Kenneth Prewitt, Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs, Columbia University Kenneth Prewitt — Carnegie Professor (SIPA); …

China – Latin America and the Caribbean Relations (New York)

  At the request of DPA, CPPF organized a meeting on the changing role of China in Latin America and the Caribbean. The meeting brought together academic and policy experts and UN counterparts, and examined the role of China as a growing economic and political presence in the region; and how this role has been affected by recent economic troubles in the Asian countries and the shifting political tendencies in key countries in Latin America. The meeting also examined how this changing relation with China has impacted intra-regional alliances, and the standing role of the United States as the hegemonic …

New Area Studies in an Era of Global Transformation, SSRC Roundtable at the Inaugural Africa-Asia Conference, Accra

Tatiana Carayannis, project director of the China-Africa Knowledge Project chaired a roundtable on “New Area Studies in an Era of Global Transformation,” sponsored by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) at the inaugural Africa-Asia conference in Accra, Ghana. Roundtable participants included Thomas Asher, program director of the SSRC’s Next Generation Social Sciences Program, Seteney Shami, program director of the SSRC’s Inter-Asia Program, and SSRC board of directors chair Mamadou Diouf.  

Emerging Views on Global Peace Practice: New Directions in UN Peace Operations, UNA-China, Beijing

On 14 and 15 July 2015, the SSRC’s China-Africa Knowledge Project, in collaboration with the United Nations Association of China, the American Friends Service Committee, and the Quaker United Nations Office convened a workshop entitled “Emerging Views on Global Peace Practice: New Directions in UN Peace Operations” to discuss current UN peace practice. The workshop, held around the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, brought together a network of Chinese, African, and western scholars and some expert practitioners. It sought to consider, examine China’s engagement on issues of women, peace and security in light of the High-Level …

Why Prayer? A Conference on New Directions in the Study of Prayer

On February 6-7, 2015, the SSRC’s Religion and the Public Sphere program hosted the capstone conference for its New Directions in the Study of Prayer (NDSP) project. Over the course of two days, more than 60 participants gathered at the Italian Academy at Columbia University for a series of panels and roundtable discussions that addressed topics ranging from religious technologies to the intersection of religion and politics to the challenges and rewards of covering prayer and religion in journalism. Among the many presentations on Friday was a discussion of “Prayer Machines,” one of several interdisciplinary collaborations that developed out of the NDSP …

Conference: Making Sense of the China-Africa Relationship: Theoretical Approaches and the Politics of Knowledge, Yale University

On 18-19 November 2013, the SSRC hosted a two-day conference with Yale University at Yale’s Maurice R. Greenberg Conference Center. The conference, which helped launch the SSRC’s new China-Africa Knowledge Project, brought together a small number of leading scholars and graduate students from China, Africa, North America, and Europe to explore questions about the production of knowledge and the theoretical underpinnings of China-Africa scholarship—specifically, how to connect the growing body of work on China’s re-engagement with Africa in the last decade to broader scholarly and policy discourses about the economic, political and cultural dimensions of globalization. The conference kicked off with a panel …

Delegation from Renmin University visits CPPF

A delegation from the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China visited SSRC and met with CPPF Deputy Director Tatiana Carayannis and Program Associate Ciara Aucoin to discuss the history of CPPF, areas of work (particularly those related to China-Africa), and possible future collaboration.  

Chinese State Ethnic Affairs Commision visits SSRC

A delegation from the Chinese State Ethnic Affairs Commission visited SSRC for a workshop on preventing ethnic conflict, looking at the cases of South Africa, Myanmar, Bosnia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Conference: Towards Coordinated Responses to Conflict (Beijing Foreign Studies University)

A conference to discuss perspectives on United Nations peacemaking, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding with scholars and policymakers from Africa, China, and the West. Hosted at the Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), the two-day conference was convened by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), the Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO), and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC). The conference sought to share perspectives and explore changes in peacekeeping, peacemaking, and peacebuilding theory and practice, specifically aiming to develop new and constructive linkages between UN efforts and China on matters of conflict response as China continues to enhance its contributions in this area. …