2016-17: International Society: Institutions and Actors in Global Governance
The growth of international organizations and transnational actors has brought about the emergence of a dense international society above the nation-state. Under what circumstances do new international organizations or transnational associations emerge, and when do they expand in their membership and jurisdiction? Does international society function as a constraint on states? How do states and societal actors navigate the complex and overlapping jurisdictions of international organizations? In what ways do international organizations and associations function as distinct cultures or as bureaucracies with their own interests? The 2016-17 cohort of Fung fellows will examine the emergence, functioning, and effects of international organizations and transnational associations of all types (state and non-state, focused on a single issue or world region, or examined comparatively) from a cultural, historical, political, sociological, or other perspective.
Faculty Director: Christina Davis, Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School.
Current Academic Year 2015-16: Ethnic Politics and Identities
For the current academic year 2015-16, the program theme is “Ethnic Politics and Identities.” Recent events around the world have highlighted the role of ethnic politics and identities in shaping domestic and international political arenas. The Fung Global Fellows Program invited scholars who explore the causes, narrative modalities, and consequences of the politicization of ethnic, racial, and national divides from a comparative perspective.
Faculty Director: Deborah J. Yashar, Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School.
2014-15: Global Diffusion
The program theme for 2014-15 is “Global Diffusion.” The program invited applications from scholars developing new, innovative ways to study global diffusion processes. The objects of diffusion include specific modes of social categorization (such as “race” in census forms), principles of legitimation (such as democracy), government policies (such as minority quota systems), forms of conflict (such as revolutions), or cultural practices (such as Tango dancing or marrying “in white”). Especially encouraged were scholars pursuing analytically oriented approaches that identify recurring patterns and mechanisms through rigorous comparison of multiple cases or quantitative analysis, with broad geographic (preferably transcontinental) coverage.
Faculty Director: Andreas Wimmer, Hughes-Rogers Professor of Sociology.
2013-14: Languages and Authority
In 2013–14, the program’s inaugural year, the fellows and the accompanying seminar series focused on how languages interact with political, social, economic, and cultural authority. Languages can be powerful tools for expressing and asserting authority, yet they also constitute forms of authority in and of themselves (such as in the standardization and uniformity that they impose). Languages as forms of authority are also contested, and language communities have often formed a basis for resisting authority. Possible topics for this cycle included the ways in which languages and language use interact with globalization, empire, decolonization, nation-state formation, nationalism, language policy, language ideology, social stratification, migration, commerce and trade, social and religious movements, and the sociology of knowledge production.
Faculty director: Michael D. Gordin, Rosengarten Professor of Modern and Contemporary History.