NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge and the Social Science Research Council invite you to a discussion of Seeing the World: How US Universities Make Knowledge in a Global Era, with authors Mitchell L. Stevens, Cynthia Miller-Idriss, and Seteney Shami. The event will be moderated by Ann Morning with critical remarks from George Steinmetz. U.S. research universities have long endeavored to be cosmopolitan places, yet the disciplines of economics, political science, and sociology have remained stubbornly parochial. Despite decades of government and philanthropic investment in international scholarship, the most prestigious academic departments still favor research and expertise on the United States. Why? Seeing the World answers this question by examining university research centers that focus on the Middle East and related regional area studies. Drawing on candid interviews with scores of top scholars and university leaders to understand how international inquiry is perceived and valued inside the academy, Seeing the World explains how intense competition for tenure-line appointments encourages faculty to pursue “American” projects that are most likely to garner professional advancement. At the same time, constrained by tight budgets at home, university leaders eagerly court patrons and clients worldwide but have a hard time getting departmental faculty to join the program. Together these dynamics shape how scholarship about the rest of the world evolves. At once a work-and-occupations study of scholarly disciplines, an essay on the formal organization of knowledge, and an inquiry into the fate of area studies, Seeing the World is a must-read for anyone who cares about the future of knowledge in a global era.
Program Director Seteney Shami presented on project findings at the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) "Ideas and Universities Conference", organized around the theme of "The Changing Roles of Academics and Administrators in Times of Uncertainty," and hosted by Dr. Ka Ho Mok, Dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd) and former Associate Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Hong Kong.
Project Researchers Mitchell L. Stevens (Stanford University) and Cynthia Miller-Idriss (New York University) presented on project findings in a special Thematic Session organized by Jerry A. Jacobs (University of Pennsylvania) at the 2011 American Sociological Association Annual Meeting - Conflict over Disciplinary Boundaries: Interdisciplinarity, Sociology and Its Neighbors. This session explored recent trends and tried to discern future trajectories in the relationship between academic disciplines, with special focus on the relationship between sociology and its neighboring fields in the social sciences (anthropology, economics, history, political science, psychology), related applied and professional fields (social work, education, medicine, law), and related interdisciplinary areas of inquiry (social science history, gender and ethnic studies, area studies, bioethics, and public policy).
The SSRC's Producing Knowledge on World Regions Program invites social scientists, area specialists, educators and foundation representatives to meet with scholars of higher education and high-level university administrators responsible for global initiatives for discussions of project design and initial data findings in the report "Academic Internationalism: U.S. Universities in Transition.".
The SSRC's Producing Knowledge on World Regions Program invites representatives from various area studies centers on U.S. campuses to present their preliminary findings and solicit input from a select group of social scientists, area specialists, educators, research administrators, and donors. The meeting will focus on the institutional infrastructures of knowledge production; topical and theoretical trends in MES; and the political and public challenges facing MES after 9/11. We have commissioned papers for the event and are planning to turn them into an edited volume by 2010.