Framing the Global has been focused on developing innovative approaches that will generate new knowledge, explain global phenomena, and provide means of tracing and exploring the transnational linkages that are too often left out of Global Studies. The project is in the process of producing new scholarship about how to conduct global research that is applicable to a variety of lived, political, discursive, cultural, public, private, and academic contexts.

To communicate this new scholarship to the academic community we are producing a book series, published by Indiana University Press, that examines global research from a number of different entry points.

Michael Peter Smith, of University of California, Davis, called our first book “[A] stimulating and well-researched book that clearly makes a contribution to scholarship in global studies. . . . [O]ffers a wide variety of ways to conceptualize, represent, and investigate, or, as its title suggests, ‘frame’ the global.”  

Bastards of Utopia: Living Radical Politics after Socialism
"[G]reatly expands the scope and purview of our knowledge of alterglobalization activism, most accounts of which focus on North America and Western Europe . . . [W]ritten in a clear and compelling style that brings the reader into the thick of the action." —Jeffrey Juris, author of Networking Futures: the Movements against Corporate Globalization

Bastards of Utopia, the companion to a feature documentary film of the same name, explores the experiences and political imagination of young radical activists in the former Yugoslavia, participants in what they call alterglobalization or “globalization from below.”

Ethnographer Maple Razsa follows individual activists from the transnational protests against globalization of the early 2000s through the Occupy encampments. His portrayal of activism is both empathetic and unflinching — an engaged, elegant meditation on the struggle to re-imagine leftist politics and the power of a country’s youth.

Bastards of Utopia is the second book in the Framing the Global series to be published by Indiana University Press. It is slated for release April 6, 2015.

Jeffrey Juris, author of Networking Futures: The Movements against Corporate Globalization calls Bastards of Utopia “An innovative narrative ethnography of postsocialism, radical activism, and the alterglobalization/Occupy movements.”

“This book will prove a boon,” says Publishers Weekly, “to anyone interested in understanding the diverse world of contemporary protest, as variously made manifest in the Occupy Movement, the Arab Spring, and Ferguson.”

Table of Contents 

1. Grassroots Globalization in National Soil
2. Uncivil Society: NGOs, the Invasion of Iraq, and the Limits of Polite Protest
3. “Feeling the State on Your Own Skin”: Direct Confrontation and the Production of Militant Subjects
4. “Struggling For What Is Not Yet”: The Right to the City in Zagreb
5. The Occupy Movement: Direct Democracy and a Politics of Becoming
Conclusion: From Critique to Affirmation

You can find more information about the book and documentary on the Bastards of Utopia website.

Framing the Global: Entry Points for Research
"This book should be read by every scholar of globalization. It demonstrates conclusively that the locality is not the shrinking other of the wave of globalization but rather its precondition, its theater and its co-productive other. Touching on such topics as affect, rights, materiality and rules, the essays in the volume bring globalization into the dynamic center of some of the most vital debates in the contemporary social sciences." -- Arjun Appadurai, New York University

Framing the Global explores new and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of global issues. Essays are framed around the entry points or key concepts that have emerged in each contributor’s engagement with global studies in the course of empirical research, offering a conceptual toolkit for global research in the 21st century.

Editor Hilary E. Kahn is Director of the Center for the Study of Global Change at Indiana University. She is author of Seeing and Being Seen: The Q’eqchi’ Maya of Livingston, Guatemala and Beyond.

Framing the Global is the first in a series of books reflecting the project’s approach to the study of global phenomena. The series is being published by Indiana University Press. Framing the Global  is slated for release May 22, 2014.

Table of Contents

Foreword / Saskia Sassen
Introduction / Hilary E. Kahn
1. AFFECT—Making the Global through Care / Deirdre McKay
2. DISPLACEMENT—Framing the Global Relationally / Faranak Miraftab
3. FORMS—Art Institutions as Global Forms in India and Beyond: Cultural Production, Temporality, and Place / Manuela Ciotti
4. FRAMES—Re-framing Oceania: Lessons from Pacific Studies / Katerina Martina Teaiwa
5. GENEALOGIES—Connecting Spaces in Historical Studies of the Global / Prakash Kumar
6. LAND—Engaging with the Global: Perspectives on Land from Botswana / Anne Griffiths
7. LOCATION—Film and Media Location: Toward a Dynamic and Scaled Sense of Global Place / Stephanie DeBoer
8. MATERIALITY—Transnational Materiality / Zsuzsa Gille
9. THE PARTICULAR—The Persistence of the Particular in the Global / Rachel Harvey
10. RIGHTS—The Rise of Rights and Nonprofit Organizations in East African Societies / Alex Perullo
11. RULES—Global Production and the Puzzle of Rules / Tim Bartley
12. SCALE—Exploring the “Global ‘68” / Deborah Cohen and Lessie Jo Frazier
13. SEASCAPE—The Chinese Atlantic / Sean Metzger
14. SOVEREIGNTY—Crisis, Humanitarianism, and the Condition of 21st-Century Sovereignty / Michael Mascarenhas

You can find more information on the chapter authors on our Fellows page.