Global Studies Positioning Series

Global Studies Positioning Series (GSPS)

The Center for the Study of Global Change created the Global Studies Positioning Series (GSPS) in 2011 as a brownbag lunch series to explore global phenomena. It brings scholars, practitioners, government officials, journalists, business people, and others together with IU faculty, staff, and students in an informal, collegial setting. GSPS is always free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch and are encouraged to bring their perspectives!

What is global?

GSPS provides an opportunity to discuss this question with professors and practitioners who are currently examining a global phenomenon in their varied contexts and diverse academic disciplines and professions. What are the different disciplinary perspectives on the issue? How do we define, analyze, study, research, and/or describe global phenomena? How does interdisciplinary dialogue further understanding of and action in regard to a pressing global issue?

Fall 2018 GSPS

Looking Forward: Universal Declaration of Human Rights 70th Anniversary

The United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in December 1948. What does the future of global and universal human rights look like? Is it time to look to new models to better meet an international population’s needs? This fall’s Global Studies Positioning Series will view codified human rights from an interdisciplinary and transnational perspective, retrospectively and towards the future.

  • Thursday, August 30, Noon, Social Science Research Commons (Woodburn Hall 200)
    • “Seeing Beyond Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: The ‘Human Devastation Syndrome’ as a New Term for the Children of Syrian War”
    • Dr. Mary Stylidi, Regional Commissioner for Unaccompanied Minor Refugees, Greek Ministry of Education, Research and Religion Affairs and at the UN High Commission for Refugees
    • Abstract: According to a prominent neuropsychiatrist with the Syrian-American Medical Society, the children of the Syrian War are suffering from “Human Devastation Syndrome,” a new term of a mental disorder stating that these children have internalized their disaster above and beyond what even soldiers experience. 
    • Cosponsored with IU’s Institute for Advanced Study, the Center for International Education, Development, and Research (CIEDR), and the Center for the Study of Global Change
  • Friday, October 19th, Noon, Hazelbaker Hall (Room E159), Wells Library
    • "Invoking International Human Rights in Ireland's Abortion Debate"
    • Dr. Kate Hunt, International Studies
    • Abstract: Does international law influence domestic policies on issues such as abortion? The Republic of Ireland recently held a referendum on repealing the Eighth amendment of their Constitution, which was the main legal impediment to legalizing abortion. Prior to this referendum taking place, there was a vibrant and intense debate about abortion in Ireland. This talk discusses the ways that international human rights law and language were used in discourse surrounding abortion in Ireland's debate over the issue. 
  • Thursday, November 29th, Noon, GISB 3067
    • "The Postcolonial Regime of Human Rights: Social Justice Activism in Jamaica”
    • Dr. Marvin Sterling, Anthropology
    • Abstract: Through ethnographically situating the discourse and practice of human rights, this presentation highlights Jamaican activism of gay rights, an issue which has commanded much national and international attention. Dr. Sterling argues particularly for a postcolonial analysis in the effort to appreciate the dimensions and possibilities of gay rights and human rights activism, while also fully acknowledging the ways in which the postcolonial legacy is today articulated in relation to the neoliberal dilemmas currently facing the nation.  

Previous series

  • "Remembering, Reading, Writing Nigeria with a Global Pen: An Adventure in Literary Anthropology," with Ulf Hannerz, Professor emeritus of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University
    • Cosponsored with CaMP Anthropology, College Arts and Humanities Institute, Anthropology, Horizons of Knowledge, Media School, International Studies, Center for the Study of Global Change
  • Megan Stifel, Founder & CEO of Silicon Harbor Consultants, LLC.speaking as part of the International Symposium on Sustainable Development  "Sustainable Cybersecurity: A Global Perspective."
    • Coponsored with IU CIBER, Center for the Study of Global Change, Center for the Study of the Middle East, East Asian Studies Center, Inner Asian & Uralic National Resource Center, Russian & East European Institute, IU Cybersecurity Program, and the Ostrom Workshop.

Rather than relying on the nation-state as the primary frame of reference for understanding global phenomena, grounded and critical global studies recognizes the confluence of non-state actors and entities that respond to and give meaning to transnational issues. From civil society and multinational corporations to armed organizations and the media, non-state actors tackling global issues have become increasingly visible in recent decades, such that it is no longer appropriate or realistic to only conceptualize global challenges as responsibilities of nation-states. Examples of the global expansion of responsibility beyond the nation-state abound, and the Fall 2017 Global Studies Positioning Series will explore how non-state actors are tackling global challenges, including the benefits and the drawbacks, and the difficulties and the possibilities. Scholars and practitioners will be invited to discuss the topic from a variety of regional, practical, empirical, and disciplinary perspectives.

  • “Think Globally, Park Locally: Strategies in Kazakhstan for Coping with the Global Car Problem” with Gardner Bovingdon, IU Department of Central Eurasian Studies
  • “The Relationship Between LGBT Inclusion and Economic Development: Micro and Macro-Level Evidence” with Yana van der Meulen Rodgers, Department of Women and Gender Studies, Rutgers University View an interview with Dr. Rodgers.
  • “Alliance for Freedom, Restoration, and Justice” with Ashleigh Chapman, President/CEO of AFRJ 
  • "The Transnational Impact of the Black Panther Party" with Jakobi Williams, IU Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies

Art is both a product of our cultural, economic, and geopolitical environment as well as a sociopolitical agent. As such, art is an entry point to broader global issues and human struggles and accomplishments: it can celebrate and advocate for human rights, and it can be repressed, censored, or involved in the denial or absence of human rights.

  • “What Matters in Making. The challenges of sustaining livelihoods with craft for export” with Mary Embry, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Apparel Merchandising
  • “Punk, Pop, and Revolution in Wartime Peru”, with Shane Greene, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology
  • “Urban Guerrilla Tactics: U.S. Performance Art and the Politics of Radical Resourcefulness”, with Faye R. Gleisser, Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History
  • “Take me to Jermany” a personal perspective on the refugee crisis, with Charlotte Schmitz, Professional Photographer
  • Hillary Clinton in Global Perspective with Diana O’Brien, IU Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science
  • The Geopolitics of Your Bathtub: Why who does your housework matters with Cynthia Enloe, Research Professor at Clark University, Massachusetts An Institute for Advanced Study Branigin Lecture, Co-sponsored by the Department of Gender Studies
  • Linking war economies and sexual violence in South Sudan with Clémence Pinaud, IU Assistant Professor in the Department of International Studies, moderated by Aynur Onur-Cifci (Anthropology)
  • The Rise of China and the Changing Nature of Power in the 21st Century with Adam Liff, Assistant Professor in the SGIS East Asian Languages and Cultures Department
  • Globalization and Mass Politics: Retaining the Room to Maneuver with Timothy Hellwig, Associate Professor in the Political Science Department and the Director of the IU Institute for European Studies.
  • States in Flux in the Middle East with Feisal Amin Rasoul Istrabadi, the founding director of the IU Center for the Study of the Middle East, Professor of Practice (International Law and Diplomacy) in the Maurer School of Law and School of Global and International Studies.
  • Cybersecurity and Changing Notions of Power States with Fred Cate, IU Vice President for Research, Director of the Center for Law, Ethics, and Applied Research in Health Information. Moderated by Professor Scott Shackelford, Assistant Professor, Business Law and Ethics, Kelley School of Business
  • Building and Burning Bridges: South Asian Diasporas and Nation States with Ishan Ashutosh, Assistant Professor, IU Department of Geography
  • The Global Refugee Crisis: Teaching the Successes and Perils of International Response with Elizabeth Cullen Dunn, Associate Professor, IU Departments of Geography and International Studies, SGIS
  • Political Communities of Convenience: Migration, Urbanization, and Work in Sub-Saharan Africa with Loren B. Landau, Professor and Founding Director, African Centre for Migration and Society, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • Personifying the State: The Individual in International Relations with Robert Oprisko, Ph.D., Research Fellow, IU Center for the Study of Global Change, SGIS; Author of Honor: A Phenomenology (Routledge, 2012) and co-editor of Michael A. Weinstein: Action, Contemplation, Vitalism (Routledge, 2014).
  • The Political Ecology of Water: Human-Water Relationships in a Changing Climate with Stephanie Kane, Professor, IU International Studies, School of Global and International Studies. Cultural anthropologist, ecologist, and author
  • Ocean Trade: Window into Global History with Pedro Machado, Associate Professor, Department of History
  • Cybersecurity and the Search for Global ‘Cyber Peace’ with Scott Shackelford, Assistant Professor, Business Law and Ethics, IU Kelley School of Business
  • Madelin Pérez Noa, Lyrical Surrealist Artist, Founder Por La Costa, Illustrator
  • Peter Davis, Internationally-recognized documentary filmmaker (Madiba and Me; Che, Fidel, and Me; Hoagy)
  • Fariba Nawa, Freelance Journalist, Author of Opium Nation: Child Brides, Drug Lords, and One Woman’s Journey through Afghanistan (2011)
  • IU Framing the Global Fellows
  • Linda Woodhead, Professor of Sociology of Religion and Director of Religion and Society Programme, Lancaster University, Great Britain Director
  • Matthew Connelly, Professor of History, Columbia University, New York
  • Kathleen Claussen, Visiting Assistant Professor, Maurer School of Law, IU Bloomington
  • Legal Counsel, Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague, The Netherlands
  • Anne Griffiths, Professor, Legal Anthropologist, Law School, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Michael Curtin, Professor of Global Studies, Department of Film and Media Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Alison Klayman, Director/Producer/Cinematographer of human rights documentary feature film Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
  • IU Framing the Global Fellows
  • Carolyn Nordstrom, Professor of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
  • Richard Wilk, Professor of Anthropology, IU Bloomington
  • Saskia Sassen, Professor of Sociology, Columbia University, New York