Rethinking the Global

All events take place in International Affairs Building, Room 918, unless otherwise noted. No registration required.

Globalization is a strange concept--simultaneously undisputed in its existence and radically contested in its meaning. The idea that the world is irrevocably interconnected in new and distinct ways has been a central, if unwieldy, locus of academic study for almost twenty years now. Exploring topics ranging from labor to migration, war to climate change, these lectures aim to reframe key debates in the study of the interconnectedness of the planet.

March 6

Labor: Finland and Thailand”

Daena Aki Funahashi, Visiting Scholar in the Department of Anthropology, Columbia University
Andrew Alan Johnson, Postdoctoral Fellow in Modern Southeast Asian Studies, WEAI, Columbia University
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

March 8

"Postsocialism: Mongolia and China”
Manduhai Buyandelger, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Lily Chumley, Assistant Professor of MediaCulture, and Communication
Steinhardt School, New York University                        
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

April 8

"War: Geopolitics in the US and the Middle East”

Mike Hill, Associate Professor of English, SUNY Albany
Discussant: Patricia Clough, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Women’s Studies Program, CUNY Graduate Center
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

May 2

"Gender: The Transnational Matchmaking Industry in Taiwan, Vietnam, Russia, and the US”

Jennifer Patico, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Georgia State University
Hsun-Hui Tseng, INTERACT Postdoctoral Fellow, WEAI, Columbia University
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Co-sponsored by the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society (ICLS), Harriman Institute, and the International Network to Expand Regional and Collaborative Teaching (INTERACT)


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For inquiries, please contact Jooyeon Kim, Program Coordinator, at or (212) 854-1728.

Media must RSVP to Robert Green, Publications and Public Relations Coordinator, at or (212)-854-6396 for all events.