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Refugees (2018–19)

Organizing Fellows

The complexities and tragedies that accompany present-day refugee crises reverberate with the history and memory ofother historical periods. Indeed, the history of forced migration is imbricated in the history of most nation states, and the experiences of refugees today hold deep resonances with the struggles of human beings in the past. Studying the refugee crisis and its effects in this broader context can help to provide those of us working in a variety of fields with a deeper comprehension of contemporary issues, an understanding that extends to scholarship, pedagogical strategies, and more informed advocacy. This project seeks to draw together faculty from a wide range of fields whose work intersects with the subject of forced displacement, to consider this complicated subject not only through the lens of historians and contemporary policy scholars, but also from the perspective of economists, social workers, psychologists, educational theorists, and artists.

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Food (2018-19)

Organizing Fellows

The academic study of food matters now more than ever. Once the discourse only of anthropologists, food has become a growing area of research and discussion in disciplines ranging from sociology to biology, literature to politics. Our goal is to address questions that resonate across many fields: What are the intersections of food production, preparation and consumption with those of sustainability, economic development, and agriculture? How does food impact identity formation, cultural belonging and resistance to assimilation? How can we preserve food memory, as well as food itself? We invite scholars of food from across the liberal arts curriculum in this collaboration and sometimes hands-on exploration. In the spirit of the Kahn, we also welcome those whose work runs against the "liberal" political grain of the academy.

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