Global Studies Research Fellows 2013-14
The Center for International Education has selected five Global Studies Fellows for the 2013/14 academic year. The Global Studies Fellows program, established in 2010, aids faculty in advancing their research on interdisciplinary topics relating to globalization, its cultural, political, social, economic, and environmental dimensions. Global Studies Fellows meet monthly to share their progress and devise research strategies. They will also share their work at a series of colloquia, and participate in CIE's next annual conference in April 2014.
Project: In 1867, Karl Marx in Capital sought to present the capitalist mode of production in all its strangeness and monstrosity. From an analysis that began with the appearance of wealth as a “monstrous collection of commodities,” Marx arrived at the demonstration that capital was but “dead labor,” which, like a vampire, only “lives by sucking living labour, and lives the more, the more labour it sucks.” Today, as the monstrosity of capitalism is being felt around the world and zombies are said to be at the gates, Marx’s analysis remains a helpful guide. But where in the 19th century capitalism produced and exchanged commodities, it seems that capital today deals only in financial derivatives; and while labor may once have been the source of all profit, wealth now seems to come from the management of risk. What is the nature of wealth in financial capital, and what does the exchange of derivative securities make possible? What violence does it conceal, what politics does it produce? Such are the questions Ivan Ascher will address, through a reinterpretation of Capital that is, at the same time, a critique of capital itself.
Associate Professor of History
Project: During her Global Studies fellowship year, Rachel Buff will be working on her book, ‘The Wind that Carries Your Shouts’: Immigrant Rights Advocacy in the Twentieth Century U.S. This book looks at the culture and politics of advocacy as migrants of many different national origins struggled against deportation. Political organizing brought very different transnational cohorts- such as diasporic Korean patriots and Mexican American labor organizers- together. During the Fall semester, she will be working on the introduction to the book, and in the Spring, writing on the transnational anti-capitalist imaginings of three migrant intellectuals: Trinidadian American Claudia Jones, who was deported to London in 1953; Korean American David Hyun, who successfully fought his deportation while building a thriving architecture practice in Los Angeles; and Finnish American newspaper editor Knut Heikkinen, who was targeted by the Department of Justice along with many other editors of foreign language newspapers.
Associate Professor of History and Women’s Studies
Project: Carolyn Eichner’s book project, Feminists Race the Empire: Gender Takes on Imperial France, analyzes the complex and far-reaching interrelationships between feminisms, imperialism, capitalism, and race. Looking specifically at the French context, the study investigates the ways in which feminists who began to address imperialism in the late nineteenth-century engaged with and challenged the era’s dominant intersecting socio-economic and political structures and forces. Feminists saw empire both as a transmitter of capitalism, spreading it to colonies, and – through feminist appropriation - as the potential means to eliminate it. Examining their critiques provides an understanding not only of the ways in which nascent capitalist relations impacted and altered each colonial context, but also to their visions of an egalitarian post-capitalist world.
Assistant Professor of English
Project: Scott Graham’s research focuses on exploring the role of communication and persuasion in science-policy decision making. As a part of this research, he is particularly interested in the impact of industry conflicts of interest on pharmaceuticals policy deliberation. Graham is currently working on a book project which explores how different national and multi-national pharmaceuticals regulatory agencies around the world respond to public conflict of interest scandals. This project will provide comparative case-studies of scandal responses by 1) The US Food and Drug Administration, 2) Health Canada’s Therapeutic Products Directorate, 3) The UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency, 4) The EU’s European Medicines Agency, and 5) The World Health Organization. Finally, the project will also offer a comparative evaluation of new conflict of interest policies enacted in the face of public outcry.
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Project: Bernard Perley’s research project will develop the concept Coyote Capitalism as a historically informed indigenous response to participation in global markets characterized by culturally grounded practices of economic development, cultural revitalization, and global cosmopolitanism. On one hand, indigenous economic strategies go “after capital” according to the constraints of the global economy and success is measured by how much capital profitable ventures bring to indigenous communities. On the other hand, indigenous investments of capital gains from economic and development projects bring significant returns in the form of symbolic capital (Bourdieu 1984). Such symbolic capital can be characterized as unexpected and innovative developments in culture, environment, and self-determination; or, coyote capitalism. Key to understanding coyote capitalism as an analytical concept is the exploration of the articulation of relative value of monetary capital in relation to symbolic capital in indigenous strategies of participating in the global economy.