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Faculty Fellows Update

Alan Kolata and Sabina Shaikh in Cambodia

CISSR Faculty Fellows Alan Kolata and Sabina Shaikh are examining how human activities in the Cambodian Region of the Mekong River may be affected by developments like climate change. Learn about their research in this photographic overview of their recent fieldwork and observations so far.

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Cities of Delhi: Differentiated Citizenship in the Capital City

Brown University sociologist Patrick Heller discusses his fieldwork on unequal access to basic public services in Delhi, India.

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WEDNESDAY February 21


The Reformation Then and Now

Ralph Keen (UIC), Susan Schreiner (UChicago)


Translation as Citation: Zhuangzi Inside Out

Haun Saussy (UChicago)



THURSDAY February 22


US Army Photographers and the ‘Seen Side’ and ‘Blind Side’ of the Japanese Military ‘Comfort Women’

Sung Hyun Kang (SungKongHoe University)

5pm  •  Harris School, Room 319


Ambassador Nikki R. Haley


Himalaya Bound

Michael Benanav


FRIDAY February 23


Islamic State's Media Doctrine: A Preliminary Analysis

Marwan Kraidy (Penn)


SATURDAY February 24


Middle East Music Ensemble: The Persian Concert


Religiosity, Resistance, Resilience: Islam in the African Diaspora


SUNDAY February 25


Languages Balkan Rhythms & Dance




MONDAY February 26


From Domestic Women to Sensitive Young Men: Translating the Individual in Early Colonial Korea

Yoon San Yang (Boston University)

Peace in Colombia: Human Rights and the Post Conflict

Lesley Gill (Vanderbilt University)

Inside Russia

Nick Schifrin (PBS)


TUESDAY February 27


What Nostalgia Was: War, Empire, and the Time of Deadly Emotion

Thomas Dodman (Columbia University)


WEDNESDAY February 28


Land Reform and Civil Conflict: Peru under the Shining Path

Michael Albertus (UChicago / CISSR Fellow)




South Asia and the Limits of Humanistic Inquiry

South Asia Graduate Student Conference


Friday March 2


An Unparalleled Partnership: US-Japan Relations in an Uncertain World

Fumiaki Kubo (University of Tokyo)


MONDAY March 5


Mad Love: Myth, Kingship, and the Dissolution of the State

Nicolas Meylan (University of Geneva)



The Politics of Race in Global Perspective: A Symposium in Honor of Mark Q. Sawyer

This conference will reflect on the state of the comparative study of race and new directions inspired by political scientist Mark Q. Sawyer (PhD’99, 1972-2017). Learn more & RSVP »






Zimbabwe after Mugabe: Prospects for Democratic Elections in 2018

Michael Bratton (Michigan State), Richard Joseph (Northwestern)




Visions of Order: Collective Beliefs and International Relations beyond Westphalia

Hendrik Spruyt (Northwestern)




Film Screening: Llevate Mis Amores


Black Dignity - On Paul Robeson and International Law

Vincent Lloyd (Villanova University)




Crisis in Venezuela: Historical Perspectives and Potential Solutions

Alejandro Velasco (NYU), Veronica Zubillaga (Universidad Simon Bolivar, Caracas), David Smilde (Tulane)




Pakistan and the United States: Beyond the Tweets

Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry (Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States)




Resurgence and Innovation: Artists' Inspiration in Nineteenth Century France






Bruce Cumings (UChicago)




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Why fawning over Kim Yo Jong is bad

With cameras at the PyeongChang Olympics focused on Kim Jong Un’s sister, Divinity School senior lecturer Lucy Pick warns of the underappreciated influence of sisters in autocratic familes, and points to unexpected parallels between the Norh Korean regime and medieval European monarchies.


Newly discovered buildings reveal clues to ancient Egyptian dynasties

The archaeological excavation of an ancient city in southern Egypt, led by the Oriental Institute, has discovered well-preserved settlement remains dating to an important turning point in ancient Egyptian history, when the pharaohs began to renew interest in the provincial regions in the far south of their kingdom.


Yazidi refugee and UChicago student Hazim Avdal

Speaking on Windy City LIVE, UChicago computer science student Hazim Avdal discussed the circumstances that led him to flee Iraq in 2014, and the role George and Amal Clooney have in supporting his continued studies.


Life Among the Bundists

Bernadotte E. Schmitt Distinguished Service Professor Emerita Sheila Fitzpatrick provides an extensive review of Mark Mazower’s new family history, which maps the upheavals and dislocations of 20th-century Europe and Russia.


Describing certain foods in a foreign language reduces aversion

A recent set of studies could help win acceptance for environmentally sustainable foods that many people are unwilling to try. Janet Geipel, a postdoctoral scholar in CISSR Faculty Fellow Boaz Keysar’s psychology lab, is the lead author of the study published last month in Nature Sustainability.


Big Data Suggests Big Potential for Urban Farming

CISSR Faculty Fellow Sabina Shaikh comments on a new analysis of global ecosystem services that finds urban agriculture could yield up to 10 percent of many food crops, plus produce a host of positive side benefits.


2018 SSRC Faculty Seed Grant Recipients

The Division of the Social Sciences has announced the  inaugural seed grants for its new Social Sciences Research Center. The awards support faculty research with a special focus on projects that transcend disciplinary  boundaries.


Neubauer Collegium Announces 2018-19 Research Projects

Thirteen new faculty-led collaborative research projects span the sciences and humanities on topics all across the globe.



 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada 

Justin Trudeau talks public service, trade in UChicago visit

The February 7 address at the Institute of Politics  marked Canadaian PM Justin Trudeau's first official visit to Chicago. He discussed the importance of public service and how it can strengthen economic and political ties between Canada and the U.S.