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Institute for Comparative Modernities

Cornell University

The Institute for Comparative Modernities brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars from the humanities and the social sciences who are interested in the issue of comparative/global modernities. It contributes to the intellectual environment at Cornell through seminars, lecture series, symposia, and publications, and by encouraging related on-going initiatives and research projects. While the Institute’s programming on the whole engages the entire Cornell community, the Institute has also developed more focused initiatives directed toward two constituencies in particular—faculty at an early stage of their careers at Cornell and graduate students.

The Institute hopes to both foster new scholarship in the area of comparative modernities and help faculty advance in their academic development by providing them with forms of intellectual and institutional support for their respective research endeavors. For example, each year, the Institute invites a not-yet tenured faculty member to propose and to develop a theme for a project that will then become a focal point (whether in the form of a conference, symposium, or workshop) for the Institute in the following year.

Working to further advance the intellectual energies and scholarly research trajectories generated by projects such as those mentioned above, the Institute has developed a publication series that provides a venue for the publication of the proceedings of a given lecture series or of conferences initiated and sponsored by the Institute.

The Institute also seeks to provide greater opportunities for graduate students from across the campus to engage each other through interdisciplinary and collaborative research working groups. To that end, the Institute provides meeting space as well as seed money for the establishment and the maintenance of up to five graduate student research working groups a year. Graduate students are encouraged to organize research working groups that include a minimum of six participants, and that comprise participants from at least two different disciplines.

Contact Information
Salah Hassan, Director
Alexis Boyce, Program Coordinator

Cornell University
38 Forest Home Drive
Toboggan Lodge
Ithaca, NY
United States

North America

Academic Program

Year Established

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