2015-16: Ethnic Politics and Identities
During the academic year 2015/16, the theme for the Fung Global Fellows Program will be “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 seeks applications from scholars who explore the causes, narrative modalities, and consequences of the politicization of ethnic, racial, and national divides from a comparative perspective. Researchers working on any historical period of the modern age or region of the world and from any disciplinary background in the social sciences or humanities are encouraged to apply. Application deadline is November 1, 2014. For eligibility criteria and specifics, please see the application section of this website.
Andreas Wimmer will continue to serve as the faculty director for the 2015-16 program.
2014-15: Global Diffusion
During the academic year 2014-15, the theme for the Fung Global Fellows Program is “Global Diffusion.” The program sought 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. Researchers working on all historical periods of the modern age, all regions of the world and of all disciplinary backgrounds in the social sciences and humanities were invited to apply.
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 focussed 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 include 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 Gordin, Rosengarten Professor of Modern and Contemporary History.