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The Summer Institute in the Arts & Humanities

The 2003 Institute

Culture and Globalization

June 17th - August 11th, 2003

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2003 Overview

Summer Institute Project

Photo by Derrick Jefferies, 2005 Summer Institute

What are the boundaries of human belonging in an era of globalization? Is the nation-state still a meaningful institution for defining human rights, societal membership, and political subjectivity in the contemporary world? How have the exclusions of a world formerly divided between colonial empires and non-national territories-or between "nations" and "races"-been transferred to the present? Is culture now global? Have ideas like democracy and human rights established norms for the entire world? To what extent, does the production of global norms depend upon the exercise of force and violence?

These are the kinds of questions we will explore in an intensive, eight-week institute on culture and globalization. Students participating in the institute will develop individual research projects on a range of possible topics, including, but not limited to: journalistic debates about the American empire; the cultural politics of tourism, travel writing, world music, and cinema; uses of human rights discourse by nation-states, non-governmental organizations, and social movements; the history of social protest against transnational institutions such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (I.M.F.), and the World Trade Organization (W.T.O.); international discussions of slavery reparations; the contemporary contradictions of labor migration and citizenship politics; the global politics of sexuality, gender and reproduction.

The Summer Institute in the Arts and Humanities provides a unique opportunity for selected undergraduates to earn full-time, academic credit through immersion in scholarly research with accomplished scholars and peers. Bringing together four faculty and twenty students in plenary, seminar and tutorial-style sessions, the Summer Institute will encourage mutual learning as well as independent thought. Readings will vary widely across geographies and disciplines and will be used to help participants define an area of research. Lecture and discussion will be used to gain fluency with the "keywords" that define the global horizon of social and political life in the late-20th-century (but not limited to the 20th c.): development, freedom, democracy, markets, citizenship, ethnicity, tribe, racism, nationalism, genocide, among others.

Finally, working on their own, in small groups, and with individual faculty members, institute participants will be guided in the development of research projects designed to deepen their understanding of the forces re-shaping identity, community, and everyday life in the world today. Student projects will involve a substantial and exemplary piece of research, distinguished from routine course work and valuable for future applications to postgraduate or professional programs. The Institute will culminate in the publication of an anthology of student work and a formal symposium to celebrate the unique efforts of undergraduate research in the arts and humanities.

The Second Annual, 2003 UW Summer Institute in the Arts & Humanities at the University of Washington was sponsored by Undergraduate Academic Affairs , the Simpson Center for the Humanities , the Office of Research , Summer Quarter , the Undergraduate Research Program , and the Mary Gates Endowment for Students .

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