Challenging Borders
 

Wooster Hosting GLCA International Studies Research Conference on Saturday

Third annual event comes to Kauke Hall

19 April, 2017 by Hugh Howard

WOOSTER, Ohio – The third annual Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) Undergraduate International Studies Research Conference will be hosted by The College of Wooster on Saturday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the second floor of Kauke Hall (400 E. University St.). Presentations at the conference are free and open to the public.

This is the concluding event of the year-long “Challenging Borders” series, with the goal being “to share and celebrate our collective inquiry in global and international studies,” according to Amyaz Moledina, chair of Wooster’s global and international studies program.

Following breakfast, the opening session will be at 9:30 a.m. and features three students sharing their research on “International Organizations.” The topic for the second session, also to be student-led, is “National and Regional Issues in Context,” starting at 10:30 a.m., and after a brief break, continuing at 11:15 a.m.

The afternoon sessions kickoff at 1 p.m., with a faculty panel consisting of Moledina, who will serve as the moderator, Isis Nusair, associate professor of women’s studies and international studies at Denison University, and Brian Miller, visiting assistant professor of history at Allegheny College. They will discuss “Contemporary Issues in Migration Studies.”

The topic for the third and final session of student research is “Identity, Social Justice, and Gender Issues,” which begins at 2 p.m.

Wooster students scheduled to present their research abstracts include Haley Davis ’17, Megan Koeneman ’17, Michaela McNaughton ’17, Cara Peterson ’17, Sarah Strum ’17, Sam Waters ’17, and Rachel Wilson ’17.

“With this collaboration, we want to broaden communities understanding of the movement of people, ideas, and objects as a dynamic cultural, political, and economic process with a long history,” said Moledina. “Migration exists within a dynamic social universe. The inspiration for this year’s collaboration came from last year's panel on the question of ‘Refugee or Migrant?’ when one of panelists Ibrahim Sirkeci suggested the use of ‘mobility’ and ‘mover’ in place of ‘migration’ and ‘migrant’ as a starting point to universalize all people who move in one direction or another.”

The “Challenging Borders” projects seeks to strengthen collaborative research and teaching pathways between GLCA schools. Previously this academic year, author Sayed Kashua delivered a public lecture on “Transgressing Borders: Culture as a Vehicle for Socio-Political Change” and director Sonia Kennebeck screened her film, “National Bird,” which attempts to enrich the public discourse on the United States drone program.