Annual conferences consider the causes and effects of globalization from diverse disciplinary perspectives. Proceedings have been published in the “New Directions in International Studies” series of Rutgers University Press.

April 2017 Conference

Hefter Center
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
April 20-21, 2017

Diversity is not merely an ideal that we’ve somehow come to adopt; it is a permanent feature of the global age. It characterizes most contemporary human experience and society, with profound social, cultural, political, economic, linguistic, legal, commercial, and artistic implications. Our diverse world finds itself disrupted by violence, yet violence inherent in dreams of purity ends up only accelerating the dispersion of lives, perspectives, experiences, and representations. Diversities, for our conference, should be understood in the word’s most interdisciplinary sense: alternative forms of social integration conducive to diverse lives; diverse identity formations and struggles for autonomy; emergent demographic and social patterns around the world; the dynamic interplay of multiple-origin, transnationally connected, socially, economically and legally differentiated immigrants; emergent forms of non-exclusive citizenships; exiled and displaced lives; accelerated human movement, from refugees, professionals, farm workers, and asylum seekers to diasporas of various kinds; nativism and its consequences; and the paradoxical use of the universal language of human rights to fight for particular diversities.

Conference Organizer:
A. Aneesh, Director, International Academic & Outreach Programs and Professor of Sociology.

Conference program, guest speakers, and other information can be found on the conference website. Registration is free and open to the public. For more information about the conference, please contact Mark Brand at

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