• Framing the Global

    Project supporting scholarly research and publication that will develop and disseminate new knowledge, approaches, and methods in the field of global research
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  • Conscientious Consumerism: Tim Bartley on Looking Behind the Label

    What does it mean when consumers “shop with a conscience” and choose products labeled as fair or sustainable? Does this translate into meaningful changes in global production processes? To what extent are voluntary standards implemented and enforced, and can they really govern global industries?
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  • When Water Runs Dry — The Reality of a Diminishing Resource

    The California drought seems isolated but a NASA study shows that more than half the world’s aquifers are running dry.
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  • Gender and 'Migrating out of Poverty'

    A conference coming up in Singapore focuses on the impact of labor migration on the women who leave their families behind. Framing Fellow Deirdre McKay is a keynote speaker.
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  • Uber, Safety, and the Question of Global Expansion

    The popular ride-sharing service Uber seems to be a transnational success. By downloading an app to their phones, Uber users can make their way around busy cities without relying on public transportation. Open to nearly everyone, it is easy to be both a driver and passenger. However, Uber’s openness can pose problems for the app and its users.
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  • Five Questions with Faranak Miraftab

    Faranak Miraftab studies global labor mobility. In our latest conversation with a Framing Fellow, Miraftab explains how her entry point of 'displacement' allows her to explore the experience of labor migrants.
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  • What is regional, international, and global?

    Academics and university administrators recently discussed the different understandings area, international, and global studies offer universities.
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  • Agriculture, Hunger, and Aid in India

    A workshop at Penn State recently focused on the history of development aid in India with a specific focus on hunger.
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  • Russia and China in Africa

    A recent Indiana University workshop focused on :Chinese and Russian involvements with Africa, exploring the consequences of these involvements for the continent and its peoples and tracing the motivations that have shaped the nature of Russian-African and Chinese-African relations from the Cold War into the present."
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  • Internet Censorship in a Globally Connected World

    Internet censorship undermines the unfettered access to diverse viewpoints and information that ideally moves freely across and through transnational spaces.
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  • Working To Combat Global Poverty

    As the United Nations Millennium Development Goals project comes to a close, the international community considers what the next step will be in the battle against economic inequality.
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  • New Doctorate in Law & Development Launched

    The European Joint Doctorate Programme in Law and Development (EDOLAD) is designed " to make a significant contribution to the need for knowledge-driven development
    policy-making."
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  • The Struggles of Indigenous Women

    The International Work Group on Indigenous Affairs notes that indigenous women are often at risk because they are doubly marginalized by their gender and their race.
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  • Debating Globalization and the Ninth Wave

    Students taking Debating Globalization in Shanghai respond to an installation on the global at the Power Station of Art.
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  • More Student Responses from Debating Globalization

    Studying global issues in Shanghai, students write about what entry points they will use to research globalization.
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  • Synthesizing Global Research

    Framing Fellow Sean Metzger's 'Debating Globalization' class has been discussing different approaches to global research.
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  • Shanghai Students Discuss Global Entry Points

    In his class ‘Debating Globalization‘ Framing Fellow Sean Metzger is asking his students to think about globalization, what it may or may not be, and how it intersects with their lives.
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  • "Debating Globalization" in Shanghai

    Framing the Global Fellow Sean Metzger is teaching in Shanghai, China, this fall. We’ll be hearing from him and some of his students on the blog for the next few months as they debate globalization.
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  • Global Labor As Precariat

    Workers around the world have been taking to the streets of late, protesting unjust pay and unfair working conditions. The plight of the world’s workers was the focus of a recent interdisciplinary workshop organized by Indiana University’s Department of History.
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  • East China Sea -- "Fearsome Situation"

    International attention has been trained on Iraq, Syria, and Ukraine the last several months -- where conflicts rage over land. One expert suggests people should be paying more attention to a conflict over water.
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  • Culture, New Media, and Engagement

    As schools, colleges, and universities start their new academic years we thought we'd share some new media that do interesting things with culture.
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  • Water -- A Human Right?

    The issue of access to water has been in the news recently. The city of Detroit is shutting off water to some of its residents sparking protests and debates over whether water is a right.
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  • Our list of useful texts for global studies classrooms.

    We've put together a list of some books we've found useful when it comes to teaching (and researching) global issues.
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  • Exploring Global Issues In World Regions

    Indiana University experts recently discussed such wide ranging issues as human trafficking, mining in Central Eurasia, and early Chinese cinema at the annual Global Mini-Conference
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  • Issues Surrounding Global, or Transnational, Governance

    Once closely identified with international diplomacy and intergovernmental organizations, transnational governance now impacts business to business transactions as well as the way industries operate at a more global scale.
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  • Five Questions With Sean Metzger

    What would happen if we analyze globalization without hinging it on Americanization? How does the social reproduction of Chineseness work across different locations?
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  • The Global Plight Of Refugees

    In 2012, the last year for which data is available, there were 10.5 million refugees in the world — that according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
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  • Global Perspectives On Climate Change

    The IPCC released its latest findings on climate change. We bring you news stories reporting on the issue from around the world.
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  • Spaces of Cultural Production

    The intersection of media, space, and identity are at the heart of two books working to create nuanced understandings the global.
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  • Five Questions With Manuela Ciotti

    In this week's conversation with a Framing the Global Fellow, Manuela Ciotti discusses how form helps her explore art exhibitions.
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  • Global Online Anonymity

    The Internet is often imagined as a borderless space. But when it comes to anonymous communication online do borders matter?
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  • Five Questions With Michael Mascarenhas

    This week Framing the Global Fellow Michael Mascarenhas discusses how he uses sovereignty to explore poverty and humanitarian aid.
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  • Considering Development

    Whenever I read research or news stories about development projects I always wonder to what end? Who are the development projects for?
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  • Five Questions With Anne Griffiths

    In this week’s conversation with a Framing the Global Fellow Anne Griffiths explains how she uses the concept of land to explore the intersection of law and the global.
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  • Five Questions With Stephanie DeBoer

    In this week's conversation with a Framing the Global Fellow Stephanie DeBoer discusses how the concept of location helps her understand new media and new geographies.
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  • Five Questions With Katerina Teaiwa

    This week in our Q&A with a Framing Fellow, Katerina Teaiwa discusses the framing, and remixing, of Oceania.
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  • Five Questions With Cohen And Frazier

    This week Framing Fellows Deborah Cohen and Lessie Jo Frazier explain how they enter the "global '68" via the concept of scale.
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  • Five Questions with Alex Perullo

    In this week's conversation with a Framing the Global Fellow, Alex Perullo discusses the intersection of rights and arts in Africa. He also explains how he uses the concept of "rights" to enter the global.
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  • Interested in our Fellows' work? Read their writing.

    Find a list of publications -- books, journal articles, other writing -- by our Framing the Global Fellows.
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  • Five Questions with Prakash Kumar

    Find out how Framing the Global Fellow Prakash Kumar uses "connection" to enter the global.
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  • Five Questions With Rachel Harvey

    In this week's Q&A with a Framing the Global Fellow, Rachel Harvey explains how she uses the idea of "the particular" to enter the global.
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  • Five Questions with Deirdre McKay

    Framing the Global Fellow Deirdre McKay discusses tracing affect via global flows of migration this week.
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  • Five Questions With Tim Bartley

    Framing the Global Fellow Tim Bartley discusses how the "puzzle of rules" helps him approach concepts that may, or may not, be global.
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  • Five Questions with Zsuzsa Gille

    Learn about our Framing Fellows as they answer five questions about their approach and entry point. Up this week, Zsuzsa Gille, who's looking at materiality and the European Union.
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  • Meet our Fellows

    Fifteen scholars pursuing research in global studies are participating as Fellows in the Framing the Global working group. The fellows represent a variety of disciplines from social sciences, humanities, and professional fields.
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  • Visiting Scholars

    Framing the Global hosted a series of four visits from visiting scholars who approach the global in particular ways.
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Conscientious Consumerism: Tim Bartley on Looking Behind the Label
Grocery aisles Image via Lyza (Flickr)

Recently, an article appeared in The Huffington Post about how we shouldn’t rely solely on ethical consumption to change unfair labor practices globally. Our own Framing the Global Fellow Tim…

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Meet Our Fellows

Fifteen scholars pursuing research in global studies are participating as Fellows in the Framing the Global working group. The fellows represent a variety of disciplines from social sciences, humanities, and professional fields.

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