• 51.HuMetricsHSS Initiative

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  • 52.Immigration and Religion in America

    The SSRC project on Migration and Religion convened a working group of American migration and religion scholars to compare past and present patterns in the religious adaptations of Mexican and Italian, Japanese and Korean, Jewish and Muslim, African-American and Haitian migrants. These patterns included integration into American religions, conversion to American religions, the establishment of new religions in America, and the incorporation of American religions into migrants’ own religious practices. The working group produced the edited volume, Immigration and Religion in America (NYU Press, 2008).

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  • 53.Incorporating the Social Exposome into Precision Medicine and Precision Public Health

    Precision medicine has focused almost exclusively on biological processes inside the body, with an emphasis on genetic underpinnings of disease. However, there are countless physical, social, psychological, and environmental exposures people experience in their daily lives which are known to impact their health and even influence gene expression. Collectively, these exposures are known as the exposome. As our understanding of health and wellbeing continues to progress, it becomes increasingly important for scholars across the natural, social, and health sciences to work together to ensure that health risks present in the social environment can be identified and avoided in all aspects and stages of life. In collaboration with the Center for Health and Community at UCSF, this working group is bringing together leaders within medicine, public health, genomics, sociology, and anthropology to determine the potential value of mapping the social exposome. The group is examining which exposures can and should be measured, how to determine a person’s exposure, and the underlying reasons behind persistent health disparities in our society. Group coordinators: Nancy Adler Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco Aric Prather Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco Maria Glymour Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California, San Francisco            .

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  • 54.Initiative on Cuban Libraries and Archives

    Assisting Cuban libraries and archives to prepare for and respond to disaster.

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  • 55.Inter-Asian Connections II: Singapore (2010)

    The second conference in the InterAsian Connections Conference Series, hosted by the National University of Singapore (NUS), marked the beginning of a multiyear partnership between the SSRC, the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (HKIHSS) at the University of Hong Kong, and NUS. This conference featured five concurrent workshops coordinated by individual directors that showcased innovative research from across the social sciences and related disciplines. These workshops focused on broad themes of particular relevance to Asia, reconceptualized as a dynamic and interconnected historical, geographical, and cultural formation stretching from the Middle East through Eurasia and South Asia to East Asia. Themes included Old Histories / New Geographies, Migration: Mobilities and Displacement, Security and Insecurity, Transnational Knowledge Economies, and Translocal Trust Networks. The conference was structured to enable intensive “working group” interactions on specific research themes—a trademark of the series—as well as broader interactions on topics of mutual interest and concern. The third day of the conference featured a public keynote address delivered by Dr. Ackbar Abbas (professor of comparative literature, University of California–Irvine), “‘Poor Theory’ and Asian Cultural Practices [watch video here].” It also featured a plenary in celebration of professor Wang Gungwu’s eightieth birthday, with an address delivered by Philip A. Kuhn (the Francis Lee Higginson Professor of History and of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, emeritus, Harvard University), “China and Chineseness: Civilization as Historical Storehouse,” and a plenary devoted to “Electronic Media and Academic Interaction among Scholars in Asia” led by Paul H. Kratoska, managing director, NUS Press, and Michael Duckworth, publisher, Hong Kong University Press. CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS Click the following links for additional details on the five conference workshops, including full lists of workshop participants. » How Asia Became Territorial Workshop directors: Itty Abraham, University of Texas at Austin, US See Seng Tan, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore » Inter-Asian Temple and Trust Networks within and out of Southeast Asia Workshop director: Kenneth Dean, McGill University, Canada » Old Histories, New Geographies: Contrapuntal Mobilities of Trade and State across Asia Workshop directors: Engseng Ho, Duke University, US Lakshmi Subramanian, Jamia Millia Islamia, India » Regional Knowledge Hubs in Asia: The Social Sciences and Humanities in Science and Technology Human Capital (STHC) Workshop directors: V.V. Krishna, National University of Singapore Tim Turpin, University of Western Sydney, Australia » Reproduction Mobility in Asia Workshop directors: Biao Xiang, University of Oxford, UK Mika Toyota, National University of Singapore.

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  • 56.Inter-Asian Connections IV: Istanbul (2013)

    Inter-Asian Connections IV: Istanbul was hosted by Koç University and coorganized and cosponsored by an expanded set of institutional partners that included Yale University, the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (HKIHSS) at the University of Hong Kong, and Göttingen University.   In its effort to update the conference series on an ongoing basis, the organizers solicited conference workshop proposals around an expanded and diverse set of fourteen broad, umbrella themes. Six workshops were selected around five themes: The Post-Neoliberal State, Connected Empires, Picturing and Fictionalizing Asia, The Social Life of Capital in Asian Cities, and Food and Foodways. In addition, the conference’s hosts at Koç University organized a seventh workshop focused on Inequalities in Asian Societies. As throughout the series, the conference structure was designed to enable intensive “working group” interactions on a specific research theme, as well as broader interactions on topics of mutual interest and concern. The conference featured a public keynote address delivered by Willem van Schendel (University of Amsterdam), “Recombining Asia, or Three Wars and a Conversion,” [watch video here]. The conference also featured a roundtable discussion organized by members of the Transregional Virtual Research Institute focused on “the new global left,” as well as plenary sessions and closed workshop sessions. In addition, Deniz Kandiyoti gave an opening plenary address [watch video here], “Ambiguous Locations/Shifting Vocations: Turkey in Asia,” in which she challenges the “Westward” orientation central to conventional accounts of Turkish modernization with her own personal account of less acknowledged influences. VIDEO Opening Plenary Address: "Ambiguous Locations/Shifting Vocations: Turkey in Asia" - Deniz Kandiyoti Keynote Address: "Recombining Asia, or Three Wars and a Conversion" - Willem van Schendel   CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS Click the following links for additional details on the seven conference workshops, including full lists of workshop participants. » “After Neoliberalism?” The Future of Postneoliberal State and Society in Asia Workshop directors: Emel Akçali, Department of International Relations and European Studies, Central European University, Hungary Ho-Fung Hung, Sociology, Johns Hopkins University, US Lerna Yanik, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Kadir Has University, Istanbul » Asian Early Modernities: Empires, Bureaucrats, Confessions, Borders, Merchants Workshop directors: Kaya Sahin, Department of History, Indiana University, US Hendrik Spruyt, Department of Political Science, Northwestern University, US » Contemporary Art and the Inter-Asian Imaginary Workshop directors: Alice Jim, Department of Art History, Concordia University, Canada Henry Tsang, Faculty of Culture and Community, emily carr university of art + design, Canada » Inequalities in Asian Societies: Bringing Back Class Analysis Workshop directors: Deniz Yükseker, Sociology, Koç University, Turkey Ching Kwan Lee, Sociology, UCLA, US Can Nacar, History, Koç University, Turkey » Porous Enclaves: Inter-Asian Residential Projects and the Popular Classes from Istanbul to Seoul Workshop directors: John Friedmann, School of Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia, Canada Erik Harms, Anthropology and Area and International Studies, Yale University, US » Rescuing Taste from the Nation: Oceans, Borders, and Culinary Flows Workshop directors: Krishnendu Ray, Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, New York University, US Cecilia Leong-Salobir, University of Wollongong, US » The Sounds and Scripts of Languages in Motion Workshop directors: Jing Tsu, East Asian Languages and Literatures, Yale University, US Ronit Ricci, School of Culture, History and Language, College of Asia-Pacific, Australian National University.

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  • 57.InterAsia Partnership

    Since 2009, the Council has worked in collaboration with multiple core institutional partners to construct InterAsia as a new research site. The InterAsia Partnership has built international and interdisciplinary scholars’ networks, transformed scholarly approaches and research agendas, and promoted the development of innovative comparisons on a number of cross-regional and transregional themes. Activities include the InterAsian Connections Conference Series, a Transregional Virtual Research Institute, and various nodal activities that build on the institutional strengths of each partner, developing regional loci for important InterAsia research and teaching. Core partner institutions include Duke University Global Asia Initiative, the Global and Transregional Studies Platform at the University of Göttingen (Germany), the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Hong Kong, Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore, Seoul National University Asia Center, and Yale University MacMillan Center.        .

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  • 58.InterAsia Program

    Reconceptualizing Asia for a new generation of scholarship.

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  • 59.InterAsian Connections Conference Series

    The international InterAsian Connections Conference Series is the cornerstone of the InterAsia Partnership and of the overall InterAsia Program. The Council launched the series with an inaugural conference in Dubai in 2008 and has since worked in collaboration with multiple partner institutions to organize four additional conferences in Singapore (2010), Hong Kong (2012), Istanbul (2013), and Seoul (2016). To date, the conference series has included more than five hundred scholars. The conference series showcases innovative research from across the social sciences and related disciplines and explores themes that transform conventional understandings of Asia. This series aims to cross traditional area studies boundaries and create international and interdisciplinary networks of scholars working to theorize the intersection of the “global” and the “regional” in a variety of contexts. The conferences—comprised of smaller, director-led thematic workshops and open, plenary sessions—are structured to enable intensive “working group” interactions on specific research themes as well as broader interactions on topics of mutual interest and concern. We will be accepting applications from scholars who would like to participate in a workshop at InterAsian Connections VI: Hanoi (December 4-7, 2018) as of January 2018!.

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  • 60.InterAsian Connections I: Dubai (2008)

    The inaugural event in the Inter-Asian Connections Conference Series, this conference was organized around twelve concurrent workshops showcasing innovative research from across the social sciences and related disciplines on themes of particular relevance across Asia. This structure enabled intensive “working group” interactions on specific research themes, as well as broader interactions on topics of mutual interest and concern. The conference featured a number of events open to the general public, including a public keynote panel, “The Asian Century,” delivered by professor Prasenjit Duara (National University of Singapore) [watch video here]. The concluding day of the conference brought all the workshop participants together for an exchange of research agendas that had emerged over the course of the deliberations in Dubai. The conference also included a plenary session, “Dubai: Interconnecting Asia,” which explored issues of pressing relevance to the Gulf region within the context of Asia and highlighted the distinctive relations between corporate, private, and state organizations in the United Arab Emirates and their potential role in connecting local and international research communities. CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS » Border Problems: Theory, Culture, and Political Economy Workshop directors: David Ludden, New York University, US Julie Mostov, Drexel University, Pennsylvania, US Dina Siddiqi, University of Pennsylvania, US » Distant Divides and Intimate Connections: Migrant Domestic Workers in Asia Workshop director: Nicole Constable, University of Pittsburgh, US » Initiatives of Regional Integration in Asia in Comparative Perspective: Concepts, Contents, and Prospects Workshop directors: Howard Loewen, German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Germany Anja Zorob, German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Germany » Interreferencing Asia: Urban Experiments and the Art of Being Global Workshop directors: Aihwa Ong, University of California, Berkeley, US Ananya Roy, University of California, Berkeley, US » Law-in-Action in Asian Societies and Civilizations Workshop directors: Baudouin Dupret, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France Zouhair Ghazzal, Loyola University, Chicago, US » Multiple Flexibilities: Nation-States, Global Business, and Precarious Labor Workshop directors: Kevin Hewison, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, US Arne Kalleberg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, US » Neoliberal Globalization and Governmentality: State, Civil Society, and the NGO Phenomenon in Asia Workshop director: Sangeeta Kamat, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, US » Networks of Islamic Learning across Asia: The Role of International Centers of Islamic Learning in Building Ties and Forging New Identities Workshop director: Jacqueline Armijo-Hussein, Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, UAE » Postcollective Economic Lives and Livelihoods: Studies of Economy, Institutions, and Everyday Practice in Postsocialist Eurasia and Asia Workshop directors: Beth Mitchneck, University of Arizona, US John Pickles, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, US » Sites of Inter-Asian Interaction Workshop directors: Sunil Amrith, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK Timothy Harper, University of Cambridge, UK » South Asia Regional Fellowship Program: Collaborative Research Workshop directors: Gopalan Balachandran, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland Srirupa Roy, Social Science Research Council, New York, and University of Massachusetts at Amherst, US » Transnational Circuits: “Muslim Women” in Asia Workshop director: Annelies Moors, ISIM / University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands Conference proceedings, including detailed reports on each of the workshops, full lists of workshop participants, and analyses of the applicant and participant pools, can be found here.

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  • 61.InterAsian Connections III: Hong Kong (2012)

    Inter-Asian Connections III: Hong Kong was hosted by the Hong Kong Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (HKIHSS) at the University of Hong Kong and was coorganized and cosponsored by the SSRC, the HKIHSS, and the National University of Singapore. This conference featured six concurrent workshops coordinated by individual directors that showcased innovative research from across the social sciences and related disciplines. The organizers solicited workshop proposals around broad themes of particular relevance to Asia, including Globalizing Asia, Old Histories / New Geographies, New Politics of Inequality, and Security/Insecurity. An additional two workshops were organized locally by the host institution, focused on particularly salient issues in Hong Kong (and beyond): Medicine, Science, and Health in Asia and Sustainability and Citizenship in Asian Cities. The conference included multiple plenary sessions in addition to the closed workshop sessions. In “Interpreting Hong Kong,” Margaret Ng (Legislative Council of the HKSAR) and Stephen Vines (independent journalist, writer, and businessman) shared personal experiences and perspectives of living, working and contributing to the cultural, professional, and political dynamics of Hong Kong in the past decades [watch video here]. The concluding day brought all the participants together for a public presentation and exchange of research agendas that had emerged over the course of the conference deliberations. In the plenary, “Inter-Asia, Then and Now,” Finbarr Barry Flood (New York University), Takeshi Hamashita (Sun Yat-sen University) and Engseng Ho (Duke University) examined the ways that scholars working with InterAsian perspectives are revitalizing relations between area studies and the disciplines (such as literature, art history, anthropology, history and economics). The conversation continued in the plenary, “China in Asia, Then and Now,” which featured Helen Siu (Yale University and University of Hong Kong), Wang Gungwu (National University of Singapore) and Xiang Biao (Oxford University). In this final conference session, the speakers addressed questions such as: How can we think of China-Asian relations in the long-term? Can the earlier order give us clues to the present or not? Is the past mobilizable for the future?    CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS Click the following links for additional details on the six conference workshops, including full lists of the workshop participants. » Anatomies of Knowledge: Medicine, Science, and Health in Asia Workshop directors: Angela Ki Che Leung, Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Hong Kong, China Izumi Nakayama, University of Hong Kong, China » Asian Crossings, 1789–1914 Workshop directors: Ross Forman, National University of Singapore Julia Kuehn, University of Hong Kong, China » Just Society at Last? Ideals and Projects of the Common Good across Asia Workshop directors: Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied, National University of Singapore Morgan Y. Liu, Ohio State University, US » Networks of Religious Learning and the Dissemination of Religious Knowledge across Asia Workshop directors: Christophe Jaffrelot, Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales, Sciences Po, France Mirjam Künkler, Princeton University, US » Shifting Geopolitical Ecologies and New Spatial Imaginaries Workshop directors: Çağlar Keyder, Boğaziçi University, Turkey Ravi Arvind Palat, State University of New York at Binghamton, US » Sustainability and Citizenship in Asian Cities Workshop directors: Anne M. Rademacher, New York University, US K. Sivaramakrishnan, Yale University, US Billy Kee-long So, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China.

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  • 62.InterAsian Connections Nodal Activities

    In addition to jointly planned core activities—such as the InterAsian Connections Conference Series and the Transregional Virtual Research Institute—InterAsia partners are developing a series of research and training activities that will be hosted by individual partner institutions. Building on the institutional strengths of the partners, these activities are designed to further the larger aims of the initiative and support innovative cross- and transregional scholarship, as well as to facilitate a range of structured interactions, engaging with particular communities around specific thematic issues. Duke University Global Asia Initiative  https://igs.duke.edu/units/global-asia-initiative-0 Global and Transregional Studies Platform at the University of Göttingen http://gts-goettingen.de/ Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Hong Kong http://www.hkihss.hku.hk/en/home/index.html National University of Singapore, Asia Research Institute https://ari.nus.edu.sg/ Seoul National University Asia Center http://snuac.snu.ac.kr/center_eng/  Yale University MacMillan Center http://interasia.commons.yale.edu/.

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  • 63.InterAsian Connections V: Seoul (2016)

    InterAsian Connections V: Seoul, the fifth in this international conference series, was held April 27-30, 2016, in Korea, at the Seoul National University Asia Center. This series continues to showcase innovative research from across the social sciences and related disciplines and explore themes that transform conventional understandings of Asia. Crossing traditional area studies boundaries and creating international and interdisciplinary networks of scholars working to theorize the intersection of the "global" and the "regional" in a variety of contexts, the conference aimed to reconceptualize Asia as a dynamic and interconnected historical, geographical, and cultural formation stretching from West Asia through Eurasia, South Asia and Southeast Asia to East Asia. Copies of all five conference programs, including detailed workshop descriptions and individual paper abstracts, can be downloaded from each conference webpage. Following a model used in previous conferences, the 2016 Seoul conference comprised ten concurrent, closed director-led workshops as well as plenary sessions open across workshops and to the general public, which enables intensive working group interactions on specific research themes as well as broader interactions on topics of shared interest and concern. The first plenary, “National Histories and the Cold War: A Transpacific Critique,” was delivered by keynote speaker Lisa Yoneyama (University of Toronto) and featured panelists Juliette Chung (National Tsing Hua University) and Myoung-Kyu Park (Seoul National University).  During the second plenary, former InterAsian Connections workshop directors were asked to reflect on the InterAsian theoretical framework — both as they interpreted this at the time of their workshop and beyond — and to discuss the ways that researchers can move this work forward beyond the workshop and conference setting, integrating these perspectives and insights into their own work as well as their departments, institutions, and other inter-institutional initiatives.  Here, returning workshop director Engseng Ho (Duke University) reflected on his “Old Histories, New Geographies: Contrapuntal Mobilities of Trade and State across Asia” workshop from InterAsian Connections II: Singapore (2010).     For detailed descriptions of the individual workshops and participant lists, see links below. CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS: Conviviality beyond the Urban Center: Theorizing the "Marginal Hub" Workshop Directors: Magnus Marsden (Social Anthropology and Sussex Asia Centre, University of Sussex) and Madeleine Reeves (Social Anthropology, University of Manchester) Forced Migration in/of Asia: Connections, Convergences, Comparisons Workshop Directors: Elaine Lynn-Ee Ho (Geography, National University of Singapore) and Cabeiri Robinson (International Studies and Anthropology, University of Washington) Frontier Assemblages: Political Economies of Margins and Resource Frontiers in Asia Workshop Directors: Michael Eilenberg (Culture & Society, Aarhus University) and Jason Cons (LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin) Genealogies of Financialization: Reframing Sovereignty in Asia (1600–present) Workshop Directors: Sankaran Krishna (Political Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa) and Saeyoung Park (Modern Korean Studies, Leiden University) Geo-political Economies of (Post) Developmental Urbanization in East Asia Workshop Directors: Bae-Gyoon Park (Geography Education, Seoul National University) and Jamie Doucette (School of Environment and Development, University of Manchester)   Knowledge Mobilities and the Prospects for InterAsian Urbanisation Workshop Directors: Francis Collins (Geography, School of Environment, University of Auckland) and Kong Chong Ho (Sociology, National University of Singapore) Logistics of Asia-Led Globalization: Infrastructure, Software, Labor Workshop Directors: Brett Neilson (Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney) and Ranabir Samaddar (Director, Calcutta Research Group) Mecca InterAsia Workshop Directors:…

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  • 64.InterAsian Connections VI: Hanoi (2018)

    Conference on InterAsian Connections VI: Hanoi December 4–7, 2018 Hosted by the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences Organized by: Social Science Research Council InterAsia Program, Duke University Global Asia Initiative, Göttingen University Global and Transregional Studies Platform, the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Hong Kong, Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore, Seoul National University Asia Center, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, and Yale University – collectively the Organizers. CALL FOR WORKSHOP PAPERS Deadline: February 28, 2018 We are pleased to announce an open call for papers from researchers in any world region who wish to participate in one of eight thematic workshops at InterAsian Connections VI: Hanoi, the sixth in this international conference series. This conference will be held December 4–7, 2018, in Hanoi, Vietnam and will be hosted by the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS). This series showcases innovative research from across the social sciences and related disciplines and explores themes that transform conventional understandings of Asia. Crossing traditional area studies boundaries and creating international and interdisciplinary networks of scholars working to theorize the intersection of the "global" and the "regional" in a variety of contexts, the conference reconceptualizes Asia as a dynamic and interconnected historical, geographical, and cultural formation stretching from West Asia through Eurasia, South Asia and Southeast Asia to East Asia. Copies of previous conference programs, including detailed workshop descriptions and individual paper abstracts, can be downloaded from each conference webpage. Following the model used in previous conferences, the 2018 Hanoi conference—comprising eight concurrent, closed director-led workshops as well as plenary sessions open across workshops and to the general public—will be structured to enable intensive working group interactions on specific research themes as well as broader interactions on topics of shared interest and concern. We are now accepting paper proposals for all eight workshops. Each workshop has two directors with different institutional affiliations, most representing different disciplines. Individual applications are invited from junior and senior scholars, whether graduate students, faculty, or researchers in NGOs or other research organizations. For the full Calls for Papers and detailed descriptions of the individual workshops, see links below.  CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS Beyond the New Media: Deep Time of Networks and Infrastructural Memory in Asia Workshop Directors: Xiao LIU (East Asian Studies, McGill University) and Shuang SHEN (Comparative Literature and Asian Studies, Pennsylvania State University) China’s OBOR Initiative and Its Impacts for Asian Countries Workshop Directors: Anh Nguyen DANG (Director, Institute of Sociology and Vice President, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences) Divine/Transcendent Rulers of Imagined Communities: The Rise and Fall of Royal Nationhood in Asia Workshop Directors: Wasana WONGSURAWAT (History, Chulalongkorn University) and Michael K. CONNORS (School of Politics, History, and International Relations, University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus) Eurasia’s Islamic Socialist Ecumene Workshop Directors: Eren TASAR (History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and Mustafa TUNA (Slavic & Eurasian Studies, Duke University) Sacred Forests and Political Ecology: Cosmological Properties and Environmentality Workshop Directors: Bixia CHEN (Agricultural Science, University of the Ryukyus) and Christopher COGGINS (Geography and Asian Studies, Bard College at Simon’s Rock)  Sport Mega-Events as Hubs for InterAsian Interactions Workshop Directors: Susan BROWNELL (Anthropology, University of Missouri-St. Louis) and Gwang OK (Physical Education, Chungbuk National University) States of Fortifi…

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  • 65.International Centre for Gender, Peace and Security (IC-GPS)

    Research, policy, and action for a more secure world.

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  • 66.International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) Program

    Providing PhD candidates with support for international research.

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  • 67.International Research Collaborations

    The Anxieties of Democracy program has two major collaborations with partner programs in Europe. Both of our “sibling” programs work to understand anxieties of democracy from varied perspectives. We organize joint conferences that encourage scholarly research and reflection; scholars from both sides of the Atlantic have also written pieces for the Democracy Papers based on the research presented at these conferences. Democratic Anxieties We are honored to collaborate with Democratic Anxieties, a project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The program encourages collaboration between scholars of democracy on both sides of the Atlantic, and comprises a series of conferences and workshops held in Germany and Italy. The program has held conferences on democratic anger and anxiety (2016 in Potsdam, Germany), political participation (2017 in Villa Vigoni, Italy), political polarization (2017 in Berlin, Germany), and political equality (2018 in Villa Vigoni, Italy). In addition, a workshop for early-career researchers was held in Mainz, Germany in 2017. The Democratic Anxieties project’s principal investigators are: Claudia Landwehr, Professor of Politics and Economics, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz Thomas Saalfeld, Professor of Political Science, University of Bamberg Armin Schäfer, Professor of Political Science, University of Münster Anxieties of Democracy (Europe) Our European namesake program, Anxieties of Democracy, has its home at the Swedish Institute for Futures Studies, and is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. The program comprises four thematic conferences held over the course of two years in Europe and North America. The first conference addressed issues of democratic performance and was held at the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University (UK) in 2017. The second conference, on the political representation of future generations, was held at the Institute for Futures Studies in Stockholm (Sweden) in 2017. The third conference, on the future of political parties, was held at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin (Germany). The final conference of the series, on “the will of the people”, will be held in late 2018 in New York City (USA). The four co-principal investigators leading this program are: Gustaf Arrhenius, Director of the Institute for Futures Studies and Professor of Practical Philosophy Bo Rothstein, August Röhss Chair of Political Science, University of Gothenburg Ira Katznelson, Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History, Columbia University; President Emeritus, Social Science Research Council Claus Offe, Professor Emeritus of Political Sociology at the Hertie School of Governance.

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  • 68.JSPS long-term Postdoc Fellowship

    Dissertation and Postdoctoral Support for Humanities and Social Science Research in Japan.

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  • 69.JSPS short-term Postdoc Fellowship

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  • 70.Kujenga Amani

    Exchanging ideas and information on peacebuilding in Africa.

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  • 71.Mapping the Measure of America

    Measure of America builds data tools to understand well-being and opportunity in America.

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  • 72.Measure of America

    Tracking how America is doing from the perspective of human development.

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  • 73.Measuring College Learning Project

    The quality of undergraduate education has become a central question in academic and policy circles in recent decades. But how do we define quality? And how can we measure it? While many actors in the higher education arena are grappling with these issues, we believe it is crucial for faculty to be a leading voice in the quality conversation. The SSRC’s Measuring College Learning project, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Teagle Foundation, brings faculty into the quality conversation by engaging them in consensus-driven discussions about learning outcomes and assessment in higher education. MCL builds on decades of prior work by the higher education community, including efforts to develop guidelines for general learning outcomes. These efforts have led to the creation of a range of tools that faculty can use to measure students’ general skills, such as critical thinking, complex reasoning, and problem solving. However, as beneficial as these resources are, they do not cover the full scope of learning in higher education. The next step in this process, and the main focus of MCL, is to concentrate on developing 21st Century tools to measure field-specific learning. Since December 2013, MCL has been bringing panels of faculty together from six fields of study (biology, business, communication, economics, history, and sociology) to identify the essential 21st Century competencies, conceptual knowledge, and practices that students in their fields should develop in college, in the introductory course as well as the major. Rather than striving to produce exhaustive or comprehensive lists of learning outcomes for these fields, the project aims to help faculty develop consensus around a limited set of empirically measurable “essential competencies and concepts” that reflect their top priorities for student learning. The faculty are also discussing the current status and future direction of assessment in their field. Pairs of faculty from each field are authoring a white paper synthesizing and expanding upon the work of these panels, which will be made publicly available in early 2016. It is our hope that this project, through its white papers on learning outcomes and assessment as well as a range of outreach efforts, will spark fruitful department and field-level discussions in each of the six MCL fields. In addition, we are in the early stages of conceptualizing a demonstration project that would focus on one of the fields. In this endeavor, we would partner with one or more assessment firms to develop a new faculty-informed field-specific instrument and field test it alongside existing instruments of generic collegiate skills and measures of instructional practices. The goal of the demonstration project would be to pilot test the new instrument as well as to examine the relationship between subject-specific skills, general collegiate skills, and instructional practices. Improving our understanding of these relationships is crucial in order to craft a sound agenda for using assessment to improve the quality of higher education. Improving the landscape of assessment in higher education is a significant undertaking, and one that must be approached thoughtfully and deliberately. To this end, MCL is dedicated to the following core principles: Faculty should be at the center of defining and developing transparent learning outcome standards for undergraduates. Students from all backgrounds and institutions should be given a fair opportunity to demonstrate their skills when transferring from one institution to another and when transitioning into the workforce. Measures of student learning should be rigorous and high-quality and should yield data that allow for comparisons over time and between institutions. Assessment tools should be used by institutions on a voluntary basis. Any single measure of student learning should be part of a larger holistic assessment plan. For more information and updates about the Measuring College Learning project, visit highered.ssrc.org.

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  • 74.Media & Democracy

    The SSRC's Media & Democracy program focuses on the media’s relationship to democratic life. The initiative is a collaboration between the Council’s Anxieties of Democracy and Digital Culture programs. Media & Democracy encourages academic research, practitioner reflection, and public debate on all aspects of the close relationship between media and democracy. Media & Democracy asks, for example, how recent transformations in journalism have affected democratic discourse and participation. Conversely, the program also examines how changes in the political landscape, such as increasing polarization, have affected the media. The program takes a wide definition of media (including but not limited to news and journalism) and looks at various aspects of democracy.  We currently have an open call for proposals: Media, Technology, and Democracy in Historical Context Applications due August 10, 2018 Media & Democracy’s ambitions are both diagnostic and prescriptive. It seeks to diagnose how recent changes in the media are related to successful democratic governance and to prescribe potential solutions for trends that may undermine democratic functioning. To this end, the program brings together social scientists, journalists, and technologists to examine, among other topics: Increasing polarization and media echo chambers, and their relationship to electoral and legislative outcomes. The impact of coordinated hate speech, doxxing, and fake news on public discourse. Virality and online engagement as measures of impact and drivers of revenue, and the resulting changes to the political economy of the media. Challenges to privacy and anonymity, as generated by technological, economic, and/or regulatory changes. The centralization of media platforms and advertising, and the shift from traditional to digital news media. The changing legitimacy of traditional sources of authority such as the media, political parties, and civic associations. Challenges to sovereignty and regulation, including between nations and multinational/transnational corporations. Media & Democracy launched in 2017, and has begun to convene experts, promote new studies, and publish and disseminate findings with the goal of fostering deeper engagement between social scientists and media practitioners. Ultimately, the program will bring the results of this engagement to both democratic institutions and the broader public. The Media & Democracy program is generously supported by the Knight Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Democracy Fund, and is honored to host an ACLS Public Fellow.

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  • 75.Mellon Mays Dissertation Writing Retreat

    The Dissertation Writing Retreat brings together 12 to 15 advanced graduate student fellows for five days of independent work on the dissertation project. It makes a support network available to each fellow and creates a structure for accountability to colleagues that directly reflects best practices learned from fellows who successfully completed the dissertation in varying circumstances. Open to fellows in the sixth year of graduate school and beyond who are within 12 months of completing their dissertations Not open to fellows that have already participated in the Preparing for the Professoriate seminar Consists of five days of intensive writing Largely self-directed, but facilitated by a Mellon Ph.D. Focuses on honing time management skills, developing a calendar for writing, and creating a structure for accountability Does not include discipline-based feedback or peer review Participants create an individual 12-month work plan and communicate regularly with each other after the Retreat The 2018 Dissertation Writing Retreat take place May 30 to June 3 in Chaska, MN. Watch the video below to find out more about the Dissertation Writing Retreat!.

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