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In This Issue
Event Series: COVID-19

WHO, The Center for Health Informatics, and COVID-19

Date: Tuesday, 9/29

Speaker: Ian Brooks

Zoom Link:


Meeting ID: 945 2985 2367
Password: 079267

This presentation will describe the Center for Health Informatics, what it means to be the WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center on Information Systems for Health and how the center is helping WHO respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and infodemic.

Professor Brooks is the Director of the Center for Health Informatics at UIUC, and a Director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Information Systems for Health. He is also a Research Scientist at the iSchool at UIUC.

Save This Date

Professor Arjun Appadurai"The Volatile Market for Globalization"

October 2nd, 2020
Zoom Conference from 11AM-Noon

In this presentation, Prof. Appadurai will address the recent debates about the rebirth of the nation-state in the era of pandemic disease, and about whether globalization is about to be rolled-back or marginalized. Professor Appadurai argues that globalization remains irreversible but that the markets dominated by globalization are now facing the resurgence of other models of sovereignty, alliance and identity. We are now entering a new period of volatility in which global norms and strategies are in a deep struggle with the nation-state model on the one hand and planetary anxieties on the other.

Upcoming Virtual Events

Harsha Ram (UC Berkeley), “The Caucasus: From Geopolitics to Geopoetics”

Date: Sep 22, 2020, 1:00 pm  

The Caucasus is primarily seen as a contested territory, an interregional space caught between rival empires as well as local polities. At the same time its topographic and ethnolinguistic diversity has captured the imagination of travelers over the centuries. This talk explores the tensions and convergences between territorial ambition and the literary imagination as exemplified by the Russian tradition. It suggests that literature, rather than simply corroborating or resisting the goals of the state, articulates the problem of sovereignty in ways that touch on the aesthetic as well as political dimensions of power.

Harsha Ram is Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature at the University of California - Berkeley.

This event will be live-streamed via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npqUgsP1aBQ

This lecture series is a collaborative effort to showcase an area studies specialist from each center focusing on the Russian, East European, and Central Asian world regions. The series is sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University; the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley; the Russian, East European & Eurasian Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; the Russian and East European Institute at Indiana University; the Center for Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies at the University of Michigan; the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at The University of Texas at Austin; the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center at Indiana University; the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Pittsburgh; the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia at the University of Wisconsin - Madison; the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies at The University of Chicago; and the Center for Slavic and East European Studies at The Ohio State University.


Gordon Mathews "Hong Kong Identity and Migration Past, Present, and Future"

Date: Sep 24, 2020   10:00 - 11:30 am  

Hong Kong has throughout most of its history been a place full of "people from elsewhere," from China and from all over the world, often in transit to somewhere else. Until the 1970s, and 1980s few people identified Hong Kong as their cultural home. Hong Kong cultural identity emerged only in this era—but ironically, this took place in the shadow of its potential disappearance with Hong Kong’s return to China in 1997.  However, to the surprise of many analysts, this has not happened yet: over the past twenty years since Hong Kong’s handover, Hong Kong has been a “city of protest,” largely based on Hongkongers emphasizing their differences from mainland China, extolling democracy and freedom of expression, and wholly failing to comprehend “love of country” in a way that many people elsewhere in the world take for granted. But that era now seems over. With the passage of the National Security Law in 2020, and dramatic new Chinese control over Hong Kong, is Hong Kong identity coming to an end? Will we see a new surge in emigration as Hongkongers flee their city? Or can Hong Kong identity continue as a distinctive identity within China, but taking new, presumably apolitical forms?

Dr. Gordon Mathews is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has written or edited books about what makes life worth living in Japan and the United States, about the global cultural supermarket and the meanings of culture today, about the Japanese generation gap, about what it means to “belong to a nation” in Hong Kong and elsewhere, about how different societies conceive of happiness, about Chungking Mansions as a global building, about asylum seekers in Hong Kong and the global treatment of asylum seekers, and about African traders in Guangzhou and low-end globalization around the world.

Registration: https://illinois.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_l-d8SmgWSjumpOgu_yA7uA 


International Student Cooking Show

For a fun event featuring delicious food, Kerstin Wolf (IAS GA) developed the International Student Cooking Show to engage with students and facilitate cross-cultural understanding. 

On Friday, September 25th at 4:00 pm (Central Time), Nazma Ali, a graduate student in Library and Information Science and African Studies, will be cooking coconut beans. The recipe will be shared with all attendees after the event, so that all of you can make it at home as well! We will also feature materials and sources from the collection. Please fill out the form linked below if you would like to attend the cooking show.  This event will be hosted through Zoom.

To attend this cooking show, please fill out the form linked here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1eDrflOpVmJOm7-qvZ1xpybOrISdHA34-B6pf4jolDNA/viewform?edit_requested=true

CGS Resources
Pandemics in Historical Context
Webpage consisting of a selection of public talks by innovative historians working on plagues and pandemics. 
Webpage dedicated to resources related to COVID-19 that provide global perspectives of the pandemic. 
Webpage dedicated to resources related to COVID-19 for K-12 Educators.
Global Currents
Blog that is currently running a series of essays by individuals from the information world related to how they and their areas are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Global Studies Custom Search Engine
Use it to search articles and essays related to the COVID-19 pandemic!
If you have suggestions of additions we can make to these pages, please email global-studies@illinois.edu for general inquiries, Steve Witt (swwitt@illinois.edu) for blog inquiries, or Timur Pollack (tpollack@illinois.edu) for inquiries about the CGS website
Job Posting - University of California
The Global Studies Department at University of California, Irvine, is advertising two positions at the assistant professor level. One position is in Global Racial Studies, and the other in Global Indigenous Studies.

The deadline for both positions is 1 November, 2020 and further information can be found at our department website: www.globalstudies.uci.edu.  For more information, please contact edarian@uci.edu.

Remote Internships Available with Vote From Home 2020

The remote internship program at Vote From Home 2020 is designed to allow students to learn about and participate in grassroots civic and political activism across the country. Throughout the course of their work, interns will learn valuable organizing, advocacy, and community engagement skills which will help their future career prospects while also empowering them to become more informed and active citizens.

Intern with Vote From Home 2020. We are now accepting applications for our remote internship and fellowship programs – we are looking for bright, energetic individuals who want to learn the nuts and bolts of how a first-class political operation works.

To apply, please visit https://forms.gle/1WvvhFSqANKo9oWt9.


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