Awards support MA and PhD students conducting short-term research abroad
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 

CISSR SPOTLIGHT

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Call for Proposals: 21-22 Lloyd & Susanne Rudolph Field Research Awards

 
 
 

The Center for International Social Science Research (CISSR) announces our call for the 2021-2022 Lloyd and Susanne Rudolph Research Award which supports MA and PhD students conducting short-term research abroad. The grant provides students with resources that can be used to carry out fieldwork in support of MA theses, qualifying papers, pilot projects, and/or portions of their dissertation research.


Now in its fourth year, the Rudolph Awards have supported graduate scholars in a range of disciplines completing rigorous international and transnational research projects. During the 20-21 academic year, these awards supported a variety of projects covering social science research across the globe. Alysia Mann Carey, a PhD candidate in Political Science, used her grant to support the completion of her dissertation, which takes an ethnographic and community-engaged approach to studying state violence against Afro-descendent women in Brazil and Colombia. Sociology PhD student Teng Ge explored professional sports as both a business and nation-building project in contemporary China. Myungji Lee, a PhD student in Anthropology, examined how fatwa is positioned as public aid through bureaucratic practices in contemporary Turkey. Abigail Bratcher, a graduate student in History, used her grant to explore the ways knowledge of the soil of the Kazakh Steppe of Western Siberia and Northern Kazakhstan changed during the Soviet Dust Bowl. You can read more about past Rudolph awardees here.


ELIGIBILITY & REQUIREMENTS

University of Chicago graduate students (MA or PhD) in the Division of the Social Sciences are eligible. Students engaging in original data-collection efforts and traveling to access archival materials are especially encouraged to apply. Other allowable expenses include purchasing datasets, specializes software licenses, archival access subscriptions, books & primary documents, compensation for field research assistants, and translation or transcription services.


FINANCIAL SUPPORT

CISSR will provide graduate students with up to $5,000 for fieldwork expenses. Funds will be disbursed in June 2021 (Summer Quarter).


APPLICATIONS

Review all requirements for applying on our website. Apply here by Friday, April 2, 2021. For questions, contact Alexis Puzon at apuzon@uchicago.edu.


Application Deadline: April 2, 2021

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LAST CALL: Applications for Dissertation Completion Grants


CISSR seeks to support doctoral research on international, transnational, and global questions through Dissertation Support Grants. Now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year, this grant provides funding and office space for doctoral students who have completed most of their fieldwork and are at the write-up stage of their dissertation. To learn more about our past Dissertation Fellows, click here.


ELIGIBILITY & REQUIREMENTS

University of Chicago doctoral students in the Division of the Social Sciences who have defended their dissertation proposal and collected most of their data/empirical evidence may apply. 


FINANCIAL SUPPORT

The CISSR award is a residential fellowship, in which fellows are provided shared office space in Pick Hall 102 and a $5,000 research allowance that can be used for travel, computing, books, or conference costs. Applicants are encouraged to learn more about CISSR and the Dissertation Support Grant by visiting https://cissr.uchicago.edu/research/doctoral/cfp. Please read instructions on our website if you have questions regarding travel restrictions.


APPLICATIONS

Submit applications via InfoReady no later than 11:59 pm on February 26, 2021. To access the application, click here.


Application Deadline: February 26, 2021


 
 
 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 
 
   
 

February 23

Mexican Studies Seminar

Gral. Cienfuegos and AMLO: A Turning Point for Militarization in Mexico?

1:00pm, Live Stream

Registration is required


 
 

Center for East Asian Studies

How Japan Got it Wrong: Government Policy, Gender, and Birth Rate

5:00pm, Live Stream

Registration is required


 
 

Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The Assyrian Experience and the Making of Minorities in the Post-Ottoman Middle East

6:00pm, Live Stream

Registration is required


 
 

February 24

Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Rediscovering the Islamic Classics

12:00pm, Live Stream

Registration is required


 
 

University of Chicago Department of Sociology

‘Why is Classical Theory Classical?’ Revisited: The Impact of Race, Anti-Colonialism, and the Cold War on the Making of the Classical Canon

12:30pm, Live Stream

Registration is required


 
 

University of Chicago Professional Education

Global Energy Series: Geopolitics of the Global Energy Transition

6:00pm, Live Stream

Registration is required


 
 

The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts

Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security

6:00pm, Live Stream

Registration is required


 
 

University of Chicago Graham School

Pandemic Effects: Local and Global Perspectives

6:30pm, Live Stream

Registration is required


 
 

February 25

Committee on Southern Asia Studies

The Normless City: Moral Anxiety and the Question of Norms in Early Nineteenth Century Kolkata

5:00pm, Live Stream

Registration is required


 
 

Pozen Family Center for Human Rights

“Carving Out Rights” Book Launch

6:00pm, Live Stream

Registration is required


 
 

February 26

UChicago Center in Delhi

Interpreting Politics: Situated Knowledge, India, and the Rudolph Legacy Book Launch and Panel Discussion

7:30am, Live Stream

Registration is required


 
   
 

3CT Graduate Student Conference

Antipolitics: From New Anarchisms to the Alt-Right (Day 1)

1:00pm, Live Stream

Registration is required


 
 

#MoreThanDiversity Department Formation Committee

Indigenous Studies with Kim TallBear and Clint Carroll

3:00pm, Live Stream

Registration is required


 
 

February 27

3CT Graduate Student Conference

Antipolitics: From New Anarchisms to the Alt-Right (Day 2)

11:00am, Live Stream

Registration is required


 
 

March 1

Center for Latin American Studies

Body Modifications, Social Identities, and Beauty in Ancient Mesoamerica

12:30pm, Live Stream

Registration is required


 
 

Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality

The Social Inequalities of Disasters

2:00pm, Live Stream

Registration is required


 
 

March 2

Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies

A Life Replaced

6:00pm, Live Stream

Registration is required


 
 

March 4

18th Annual South Asia Graduate Student Conference

Between Comparison and Context: Global and Local Movements in South Asia (Day 1)

8:30am, Live Stream

Registration is required


 
 

Smart Museum of Art

All the World’s Futures: Global Art and Art History in the Wake of COVID-19

4:00pm, Live Stream

Registration is required


 
 

March 5

18th Annual South Asia Graduate Student Conference

Between Comparison and Context: Global and Local Movements in South Asia (Day 2)

8:30am, Live Stream

Registration is required


 
 

#MoreThanDiversity Department Formation Committee

Black Studies @ an HBCU with Beverly Guy-Sheftall and Joshua Myers

3:00pm, Live Stream

Registration is required


 
 

March 6

18th Annual South Asia Graduate Student Conference

Between Comparison and Context: Global and Local Movements in South Asia (Day 3)

8:30am, Live Stream

Registration is required


 
 
  
 
 

February 23

Comparative Politics Workshop

Authoritarian Backsliding

12:30pm, Live Stream


 
 

Gender and Sexuality Studies Workshop

Flooding the Border: Gendered Dualities and the Nile Inundation in the Ptolemaic First Cataract

5:00pm, Live Stream


 
 

Exploratory Translation Colloquium

East-West, On-Off Transit

6:00pm, Live Stream


 
 

February 24

CISSR History and Social Sciences Forum

Go Along to Get Along? Revisiting Sam Rayburn’s Speakership and the “Textbook Congress"

11:30am, Live Stream


 
 

Workshop on Latin America and the Caribbean, History and Theory of Capitalism Workshop

Forensics of Finance: Colombia’s Experiments with Transition

4:30pm, Live Stream


 
 

Visual and Material Perspectives of East Asia Workshop

Hunnu Rock: Mongolian Metal and a Global Folk Metal Subculture

4:45pm, Live Stream


 
 

Eighteenth & Nineteenth-Century Atlantic Cultures Workshop

Teaching & Research in Transatlantic Literary Studies: A Roundtable

5:00pm, Live Stream


 
 

February 25

International Politics Workshop

Under the Shadow of Precedent: Justifying Recognition of Statehood

3:30pm, Live Stream


 
 

Interdisciplinary Archaeology Workshop

(Re)constructing the Aurochs

4:00pm, Live Stream


 
 

Politics, History, and Society Workshop

Race vs. Ethnicity?: How Indo-Caribbeans Navigate Ethno-Racial Ambiguity in New York Politics

Anjanette M. Chan Tack, CISSR Rudolph Awardee

4:20pm, Live Stream


 
   
 

February 26

CISSR Empires & Atlantics Forum

Stuck in Year Zero: Ships and Commemoration in the Twenty-First Century

12:00pm, Live Stream


 
 

March 1

Jewish Studies Workshop

The Rest is Literature: Midrash and the Institution of “Theory"

5:30pm, Live Stream


 
 

March 2

Comparative Politics Workshop

Race, Money, and Descriptive Representation: Evidence from Campaign Donation Quotas in Brazil

12:30pm, Live Stream


 
 

Exploratory Translation Colloquium

Napoleon Rivers, Black Studies & Translation as (Anti-Racist) Activism

6:00pm, Live Stream


 
 

March 3

Transnational Approaches to Modern Europe Workshop

“Views from this Cosmopolitan Camp”: Dwelling, Displacement, and West African Soldiers in World War I

4:30pm, Live Stream


 
 

March 4

International Politics Workshop

China’s Strategic Force Posture Choices in the Information Age

3:30pm, Live Stream


 
 

Interdisciplinary Archaeology Worksop

Urban Construction and Social Transformation in the late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age Middle Yellow River Region

4:00pm, Live Stream


 
 

March 5

Environmental Studies Workshop

Compensating Works, Competing Ideas: Unintended Consequences of the Livingstone Channel in the lower Detroit River 1913-1917

12:00pm, Live Stream


 
 

Please note: Workshops are scholarly communities that pre-circulate papers. They meet regularly throughout the year and are generally not open to the public.

 
   
 
 
 

AROUND TOWN & DOWN THE ROAD

 
 
   
 

February 23

UW Madison Science and Technology in the Hispanic World Series

Perspectives of Development in Yucatán Península

12:00pm, Live Stream

Registration is required


 
 

Northwestern University Department of Political Science

Memorial Drive: On Race and Writing

12:00pm, Live Stream

Registration is required


 
 

February 24

Northwestern University Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa

Africanization: The Bridge to Edward Blyden’s Final Intellectual Transformation

1:00pm, Live Stream

Registration is required


 
 

Northwestern University Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Decolonizing Spanish Monuments: A Conversation with Daniela Ortiz

2:00pm, Live Stream

Registration is required


 
 

Brown University Watson Institute for International & Public Affairs

Caribbean Political Futures

4:00pm, Live Stream

Registration is required


 
 

February 25

Brown University Watson Institute for International & Public Affairs, Center for Human Rights and Humane Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

The Biden Administration’s Promises to Refugees at the U.S.-Mexico Border: Successes and Challenges

11:00am, Live Stream

Registration is required


 
 

Northwestern University Buffet Institute for Global Affairs

Global Careers Speaker Series: Mrittika Sen ’17 PhD

12:00pm, Live Stream

Registration is required


 
 

Northwestern University Center for Historical Studies, History Department

The Coming of Humane War

12:30pm, Live Stream

Registration is required


 
   
 

University of Arizona Binational Migration Institute

Legal Passing: Navigating Undocumented Life and Local Immigration Law

Angela García, CISSR 20-21 Faculty Fellow

1:00pm, Live Stream

Registration is required


 
 

February 26

Harvard University Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine

Believe It And/Or Not: (Extra)ordinary experience in Thailand and the making of knowledge

9:00 am, Live Stream

Registration is required


 
 

Brown University Watson Institute for International & Public Affairs 

Policing and Gendered Cases in India

10:00am, Live Stream

Registration is required


 
 

University of Pittsburgh Race in Focus series

#BLM: Reception in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia

1:00pm, Live Stream

Registration is required


 
 

March 3

Brown University Watson Institute for International & Public Affairs 

A Nowadays Disease: HIV/AIDS and Social Change in Rural South Africa

11:00am, Live Stream

Registration is required


 
 

Brown University Watson Institute for International & Public Affairs

Water Stress and Climate Security

2:00pm, Live Stream

Registration is required


 
 

March 5

Brown University Watson Institute for International & Public Affairs 

Hindutva History and Other Modern Problems with the Indian Past

11:00am, Live Stream

Registration is required


 
 

Northwestern University Global Lunchbox Series

Stranger Fictions: A History of the Novel in Arabic Translation

12:00pm, Live Stream

Registration is required


 
 
 
 

NEWS & RESEARCH ROUNDUP

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Building new global orders

after the fall of Empire


19-2020 CISSR Faculty Fellow Darryl Li and 16-2017 CISSR Book Fellow Adom Getachew recently participated in a forum with Borderlines about their most recent book publications. Both scholars’ work is concerned with decolonization after Empire. "Even though we're differently positioned disciplinarily, says Professor Getachew, "we're all kind of interested in—the ways that ideas and institutions are mobile, that they can be reconfigured. You can't make anything and everything with them—but they are available for recapture and repurposing.


 
 
 
 
 
 

Professor Kimberly Kay Hoang quoted by NBC News


18-19 CISSR Faculty Fellow Kimberly Kay Hoang was recently quoted in an article examining the origins of “Bling Empire” star Anna Shay’s wealth. Anna Shay’s father is the founder of an American defense and government services contractor that provided cover for the CIA-led Phoenix Program, which was responsible for the torture and killing of thousands of people suspected of affiliation with the Viet Cong. “How do we forget this history?” asks Professor Hoang, “And why do we not think about the source of funds?”


 
 
 
 
 
 

Why did the border wall fail?


For the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage column, 20-21 CISSR Faculty Fellow Michael Albertus examines the reasons why Donald Trump’s promise to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border failed. Drawing from his most recent book, Property Without Rights, Professor Albertus argues that U.S. law makes it difficult to seize land from private landowners. Moreover, when a large-scale development project is announced publicly before it’s launched, landowners who recognize their power can block the project.


 
 

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT


 
 
 
 
 
 

Exploring land reform in Bolivia

 
 

In an interview with the Center for Latin American Studies’ entreVistas podcast, CISSR Book Fellow Mareike Winchell discusses the legacy of Bolivia’s 1953 Agrarian Reform Law. According to Professor Winchell, the failures of that policy help explain why Indigenous agriculturalists in Bolivia express skepticism toward ongoing land reform efforts today. You can listen to the full conversation here...


 
 
  
 
  
 
 
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