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IGI e-Newsletter September 2021

 
 
 
 

From the Director

 
 
  Colleen Murphy, acting IGI Executive Director
 

As we start a new year, we are mindful of the many ways in which peoples around the world continue to be impacted by and have persevered amid challenges we face at home, be they the pandemic, racism, or the rise in anti-democratic acts. We gain in our responses to these challenges by drawing upon global experiences with public health, human rights, and transitional justice projects that open new pathways for democratization and reconciliation. 

Working to keep these and other questions centered in our public events, the international area and global studies centers, thematic programs, and the IGI are pleased to announce a year-long speaker series on “Blueprint for Transitional Justice in the US: Building on Lessons and Insights from Global Perspectives.” Each month one of the centers hosts an expert on transitional justice, who will speak to regional or thematic experiences with transitional justice and their lessons for our struggles with systemic racism and social injustice here in the United States.  

Teaching and public engagement remain a core focus of our centers and programs. Center for Global Studies (CGS) is supporting a graduate student-led project to create a digital platform that showcases the stories of feminist collectives working in several countries to transform cities.

This academic year is an important one for IGI, as eight centers and programs are working vigorously to prepare applications for the next round of U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI National Resource Center (NRC) funding. Each of the eight centers has issued calls for proposals on ideas for ways that Title VI funding can be used to support your course development, programming ideas, and outreach efforts over the next four years.  We look forward to receiving your input on how IGI through its NRC-funded centers can support you in your work.

Finally, I marvel at the ways everyone connected to area, global, and thematic studies at Illinois are working to advance our missions under trying circumstances, at the generosity of so many around the world in sharing their perspectives in our events, as well as at the online audiences who make time over and again to engage in critical dialogues.

- Colleen Murphy, Acting Executive Director

 
     
 
 
 

Initiatives

 
 
 
 

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  photo of Cintia Martins and Atyeh Ashtari
 

Global Intersections is a Center for Global Studies (CGS) initiative designed to encourage multicultural, international, transnational, and global perspectives in student research. Below is a description of a research project from two graduate students that is being funded by Global Intersections. Atyeh Ashtari, a Ph.D. student, and Cíntia Martins Freitas, a masters student, both in Urban and Regional Planning Department, are working with faculty advisor, Faranak Miraftab.

 

Global Intersections

The Center for Global Studies is sponsoring a project that is rethinking local-global intersections and urban futures in a time marked by the crisis of care, global pandemic and rising xenophobia. The pandemic has exposed many cracks, contradictions, and inequalities that have always existed but are now more visible. At this historical moment, we witness the upcoming generation of planning professionals/educators who are convinced of the need for a different kind of planning—one that is more open to recognizing the range of important city-making practices that take place outside the invited spaces of professional planning, in interstitial spaces of everyday life as well as in the more visible street protests and contestations. These important city-making practices denounce the individual paradigms of wellbeing and look for collective ways of knowing, being, and doing. In other words, we need to work towards a “planning that cares.''

The Global Intersections project aims for creating and maintaining a multilingual digital platform to bring together local feminist collectives from several countries, in form of grassroots and urban movements, whose work advocates and builds on practices of solidarity, radical care, and democracy. By radical care, we mean practices of care by women and formerly colonized people, who produce, negotiate, contest, and transform cities. By democracy, we understand democratic practices in the local level, which extend the right to the city to marginalized groups. We envision the outcome as a website which will hold digital stories of these feminist collectives as a dataset to support education, research, and encourage transnational collaboration. This will act as a digital companion/resource to a new course in Urban Planning called “Digital Storytelling” which lead student #1 and the faculty CO-PI have developed together in 2020 which was taught for the first time in 2021. Moreover, as we see this as a transitional collaborative dataset, we are aiming to have this platform translated and accessible to more target languages: Farsi, Spanish, Portuguese and English. Together, we have the digital expertise, language proficiencies and are active members of activists’ networks in these linguistic communities of feminist movements and will be able to include feminist collectives from various contexts. This platform is planned based on the current budget to be online for at least 2 years with the hope to attract more collaborators and resources for continuation.

The initial phase of the project includes weekly meetings by the lead students and faculty to identify the collectives they will reach out to and design strategies for data collection. Initially, we are thinking of at least one interview with each group with a common set of questions we will ask each of these groups regarding their philosophy, methodology, ideals, and practices. Following that, we will contact activists and collectives from other countries, conduct research, and develop content for the website. We will hire and lead additional assistant students as needed. We publicize the website with a virtual launch event organized through CGS with sponsorship from other units; where we start with a keynote on the importance of such collectives, showcase the website, and invite people to use/contribute to this feminist collective.

 

 
     
 

TJ

 
 
Flyer for blueprint for transitional justice in the United States speaker series event Ni Aolain  
 

Blueprint for Transitional Justice in the U.S. Speaker Series 2021-2022

The Illinois Global Institute Blueprint for Transitional Justice in the U.S. project will map and adapt international experiences with transitional justice as a foundation for a framework to redress the U.S. history of racial and gender-based injustice. The objectives of this project are (1) identifying comparative insights from country and region-specific engagement with transitional justice for the US, and (2) creating a Midwest transitional justice network at Illinois housed within IGI.

To help reach these objectives, IGI is hosting a speaker series, with eight events starting September 2021 and continuing through April 2022. Each event will have a regional focus with themes bearing on transitional justice, including policing, reparations, gender justice, economic inequality/justice, educational reform, and the role of youth.

This speaker series is presented by IGI in partnership with Center for African Studies, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, Center for Global Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, European Union Center, Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies, and Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program. This series is made possible by the Chancellor’s 2021-2022 Call to Action to Address Racism & Social Injustice Research Program and is co-sponsored by the Humanities Research Institute and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. These events will be hosted via Zoom.

The first scheduled speaker is Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, who is concurrently Regents Professor and Robina Professor of Law, Public Policy and Society at the University of Minnesota Law School and Professor of Law at the Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her talk, The Relevance of Transitional Justice Twenty Years After 9/11, will be on Friday, September 30, 2021, at 7 pm. Please register for the talk here. A full listing of the speakers can be found on the Transitional Justice web page on the IGI site here.

 
     
 
 
 

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RFP

 
 

Requests for Proposal - Fall 2021

The IGI area and global studies centers and thematic programs provide faculty and student research support through programs, fellowships, and various initiatives. Below, please find the latest round of Title VI National Resource Center Request for Proposals with future deadlines.


Center for African Studies

Title VI NRC Grant 2022-2026 Request for Proposals

Deadline: Friday, October 8, 2021

The Center for African Studies (CAS) invites UIUC faculty from any college or department to submit proposals for possible inclusion in its application to the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program as a National Resource Center (NRC) for the AY 2022-2026 grant cycle.

For more information, please visit CAS Title VI Request for Proposals


Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies

Title VI NRC Grant 2022-2026 Request for Proposals

Deadline: Friday, October 1, 2021

The Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, along with our consortium partner, East Asian Studies Center at Indiana University, intend to submit a joint application to the U.S. Department of Education under Title VI as a National Resource Center in East Asian Studies for the AY 2022-2026 period.

To apply, please visit CEAPS RFP Online Submission Form

For more information, please visit CEAPS Title VI Request for Proposals.


Center for Global Studies

Title VI NRC Grant 2022-2026 Request for Proposals

Deadline: Friday, October 1, 2021

The Center for Global Studies (CGS) invites current and prospective CGS faculty associates and units to submit proposals for possible inclusion in its application to the U.S. Department of Education under Title VI for renewal of its status as a National Resource Center in Global Studies for the AY 2022-2026 period. In the past, the Department of Education has awarded the Center approximately $2.2 million to cover program expenses and language fellowships and training.

To apply, please visit the CGS application form.

For more information, please view the CGS Title VI Request For Proposal (PDF).


Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies

Title VI NRC Grant 2022-2026 Request for Proposals

Deadline: Applications accepted on a continuous basis

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies invites current and prospective CLACS faculty affiliates to submit proposals for possible inclusion in our application to the U.S. Department of Education under Title VI for renewal of its status as a National Resource Center in Latin American and Caribbean Studies for the AY 2022-2026 period.

CLACS encourages projects from disciplines and fields of study that support research, teaching, and outreach activities that advance innovative approaches to Latin American and Caribbean studies.

For more information, please view the CLACS Title VI Request For Proposal.


The Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Title VI NRC Grant 2022-2026 Request for Proposals

Deadline: Friday, October 30, 2021

The Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (CSAMES) is preparing to apply to the U.S. Department of Education for funding under Title VI as a National Resource Center for the Middle East for the 2022-2026 grant cycle. We invite our faculty affiliates to submit proposals related to Middle Eastern studies for research, teaching, and public engagement activities. Information about the grant is available here: https://www2.ed.gov/programs/iegpsnrc/index.html

Potential activities include:

  • Hosting conferences, workshops, symposia and lecture series
  • Organizing disciplinary and interdisciplinary activities that can enhance understanding of the values, thinking and practices of the Middle East’s diverse cultures
  • Seeding new faculty/instructor lines that support Middle Eastern studies
  • Assisting faculty to enhance their knowledge and skill sets in Middle Eastern studies
  • Creating new courses (including online, study abroad)
  • Developing joint-degree programs and certificates at graduate and undergraduate levels
  • Supporting advanced instruction of Middle Eastern languages
  • Developing teaching resources, professional training opportunities and public programs in Middle Eastern studies for researchers, educators, students, business leaders, media, and civic organizations
  • Supporting undergraduate and graduate student research
  • Organizing outreach activities to community colleges and K-12 educators
  • Establishing linkages and developing collaborative projects related to the Middle East with other institutions including, but not limited to other universities, corporations, non-profit organizations, and governmental agencies
  • Enhancing print, electronic and digital library collections
  • Strengthening partnerships with local and regional Middle Eastern immigrant and student communities

Requirements and budget:  The proposal narrative should not exceed two double-spaced pages.  The proposal should include a rationale, a description of the implementation plan, and a budget of up to $20,000.

Proposals should be submitted at csames@illinois.edu by October 30, 2021.

Please contact CSAMES Director Wail Hassan whassan@illinois.edu or Associate Director Angela Williams aswillms@illinois.edu with any questions or ideas you may wish to explore.


European Union Center

Title VI NRC Grant 2022-2026 Request for Proposals

Deadline: Friday, October 1, 2021

The European Union Center (EU Center) at the University of Illinois invites Illinois faculty, departments, and units to submit proposals in anticipation of a forthcoming broader institutional call for proposals in early 2022 from the US Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center (NRC) area studies program.

As part of the EU Center’s larger and integrated proposal, the center is interested in funding initiatives from all fields of study that support research, teaching, and outreach activities that contribute to new ways of understanding Europe; the peoples, cultures, and languages that form Europe; the EU and the economic and scientific activities that take place there; and international affairs with a European dimension in time and space. 

For more information, please visit EUC's Request For Proposals page.


Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center

Title VI NRC Grant 2022-2026 Request for Proposals

Deadline: Friday, October 1, 2021

At the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC), we’re working on our new application for the Department of Education’s 2022-2026 Title VI grant competition.  We would like to invite you to submit your thoughts and proposals for initiatives we might also seek to fund through this grant.  These might be ideas for projects that could last the entire duration of the four-year grant cycle, or for initiatives that might only cover a shorter period of time within it.  Types of activities that might be eligible for Title VI funding include (but are not limited to):

  • Research conferences, workshops, symposia, series (e.g., lectures, films);
  • Activities to promote and support the study and teaching of languages of the Russian Federation, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia, particularly the study of critical languages beyond the Intermediate level;
  • Public-facing programs that facilitate understanding and/or disrupt common mischaracterizations about the region; 
  • Outreach and training activities for students, faculty, and administrators in PK-12 schools, community colleges, two-year, and four-year colleges;
  • Projects and activities that contribute to the recruitment, support, retention, and professional development and content knowledge of undergraduate and graduate students specializing in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia, and particularly programs that serve and include historically underrepresented identities among students and scholars in the field; 
  • The building and stewarding of mutually beneficial partnerships and collaborations with institutions of post-secondary education in Russia, Eastern Europe, or Eurasia, or in other parts of the world, or in the US.
  • New course development and/or redesign of existing courses and curricula;
  • Creation and delivery of programs abroad in Russia, Eastern Europe, or Eurasia as well as proposals for innovative and accessible alternatives to global exchange.

We welcome your ideas for collaboration and look forward to working with you to further develop your scholarly ambitions for the coming years, as part of our activity as a National Resource Center.

If you have an idea or initiative you’d like to suggest, please let us know. Just e-mail us with your thoughts and we will follow up with you immediately (John Randolph, Director - jwr@illinois.edu or Maureen Marshall, Associate Director - memarsh@illinois.edu). In order to help with our planning and grant-writing, we would love to hear from you by October 1, 2021, if possible.


Women & Gender in Global Perspectives Program

Title VI NRC Grant 2022-2026 Request for Proposals

Deadline: Monday, October 18, 2021

The Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program (WGGP) invites university faculty, graduate students, and units to submit proposals for possible inclusion in WGGP’s application to the U.S. Department of Education Title VI Program for the AY 2022-2026 period. WGGP encourages projects that support research, teaching, and outreach activities that advance innovative approaches to international studies, with an emphasis on the global south and gender.

For more information, please visit their WGGP's Request for Proposals page.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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