ICS coordinates and supports research clusters that serve a variety
of purposes and take a number of forms depending on faculty needs and
interests. They are intended to provide support for members' ongoing
research projects; they are opportunities for cross-disciplinary
collaboration; and they are forums for structured exchange of theories
and methodologies across disciplines.
Over the years, ICS research clusters have:
- Provided an arena for discussion of new cultural theories
- Facilitated faculty research by offering a forum for feedback and support of work-in-progress
- Planned conferences, workshops, and symposia
- Created opportunities for collaborative research and interdisciplinary projects
ICS welcomes applications for new research clusters. Please submit a brief proposal in which you describe the specific focus of the group, the rationale for it, the goals the group will aim to accomplish, a list of likely participants, and any financial needs the group anticipates.
- Latin American and Latino/a Studies Cluster: An interdisciplinary group of BGSU faculty members committed to developing the fields of Latin American and Latino/a studies. The cluster works to increase the visibility of Latin American and Latino/a studies on campus through programming initiatives, curriculum development, and research. Currently, faculty in History, Romance and Classical Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Women's Studies participate in the cluster. Contact Francisco Cabanillas if you are interested in participating.
Migration Research Cluster: In this
interdisciplinary cluster, colleagues engage in a lively
international and transdisciplinary exchange of ideas about issues
related to migration. We examine contemporary themes related to
current migrant culture as well as historical dimensions of
migration. The members of this cluster draw in different ways on
historical, literary, and socio-cultural approaches in migration
studies. Our long-term aim is twofold: in order to promote a deeper
understanding on the BGSU campus of the multiple facets of
migration, we plan to organize an interdisciplinary conference here
on this timely topic. Furthermore, we will consider
interdepartmental curricular collaborations, i.e. formation of
linked classes (Global A&S) at the undergraduate level. Contact
Christina Guenther if you
are interested in participating.
- Members: Vibha Bhalla (Ethnic Studies), Kristie Foell (GREAL-German), Valeria Grinberg-Pla (ROCS-Spanish), Beatrice Guenther (ROCS-French, International Programs), Christina Guenther (GREAL-German), Nina Ha (English/ International Programs), Nicole Jackson (History), Becky Mancuso (History), Ryoko Okamura (GREAL-Japanese), Kefa Otiso (Geography), Michaela Walsh (Ethnic Studies), Min Yang (GREAL-Chinese).
Africana Diaspora Cluster: This group will share
ongoing research interests and discuss and develop academic
literature pertinent to the African Diaspora population and issues
related to that community using philosophical, epistemological, and
cultural frameworks. Africana Diaspora is defined as those
individuals who have racial roots, lineages, connections, unities,
identities, and/or ancestries to the African continent.
- Members: Richard Anderson, Khani Begum, Amelia Carr, Fred Coleman, Lynda Dixon, Sherona Garrett-Ruffin, Rebecca Green, Nicole Jackson, Starr Keyes, Christina Lunceford, Wendy Manning, Amanda Muhammad, Angela Nelson, Apollos Nwauwa, Gary Oates, Kefa Otiso, Ewart Skinner, Dafina-Lazarus Stewart