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DUCIS provides administrative and programming oversight for Duke’s international and area studies centers in their work to link globally focused faculty and staff from across the university, and to offer educational and research opportunities related to global themes in the social sciences, humanities and public policy.

Duke’s international and area studies are:

Asian Pacific Studies Institute
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies
Council for North American Studies
Council for European Studies
Concilium on Southern Africa
Duke University Middle East Studies Center

DUCIS hosts most of these centers at Duke’s John Hope Franklin Center, which also provides a home to many university councils and initiatives focused on particular world regions, or global areas. Zanalda hopes these programs will continue to build collaborations amongst each other, both within and outside of their global areas, to foster Duke students’ exposure to global themes.

Zanalda’s leadership comes at a time of transition for international and area studies at Duke and nationwide, as federal funding for international studies has declined and centers at Duke and other universities have adapted their work to changes in international relations and U.S. foreign policy priorities. At Duke, Zanalda and colleagues have already begun to reframe traditional approaches to the study of global issues by focusing on how global trends and patterns can affect local communities, traditions and customs within a larger network.

Zanalda brings many years of international experience to his position as director of DUCIS, having lived and conducted research in a number of countries and at the World Bank.

“We’re very fortunate to have Giovanni leading international and area studies at Duke,” said Michael Merson, vice president and vice provost for global strategy and programs. “He has a clear vision for how to improve the centers’ work and has already made great strides toward supporting their goals.”

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When: Wednesday, October 7, 2015 – 12:00pm-1:00pm
Where: John Hope Franklin Center – 2204 Erwin Road, Room 240 – View Map
Speaker: Giovanni Zanalda
Associate Research Professor SSRI, Economics, and History and
Director of the Duke Center for International Studies
Contact: Catherine Angst
919.668.1937 (p)

Giovanni Zanalda is an Associate Research Professor at the Social Science Research Institute, Economics, and History and Director of the Duke Center for International Studies and International Area Studies. He is an economic historian specialized in financial history and history of development and globalization.

The deepening of the Greek financial crisis has forced the inhabitants of some Greek cities and islands to use Alternative Local Currencies called TEM or Volos. In this talk, Professor Zanalda will show how the use of emergency money, which has a long history dating back to the time of the Peloponnesian Wars, has enabled economies to function under duress whether wars or financial crises. The talk will also cover issues related to the Greek debt crisis and the Eurozone.

Zanalda’s lecture is presented by the John Hope Franklin Center and the Duke University Center for International Studies. Parking is available in the Erwin Road and Trent Drive decks.  The series provides a parking voucher for 1 hour to series guests, and a light lunch will be served.

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Graduate Awards for Working Groups on Global Issues

2015-2016 Call for Proposals:
Graduate Awards for Working Groups on Global Issues

The Duke University Center for International Studies (DUCIS) invites proposals for interdisciplinary, student-driven working groups with a global focus. We expect students to form a working group that will meet at least 3 times per semester (i.e., for meetings, reading groups, mini-conferences, seminars, symposia, workshops, etc.). DUCIS will provide up to $2,000 per working group, which may be used for expenses related to meetings, and reading and audio-visual materials. DUCIS expects to support 2 to 3 working groups annually.

We encourage the formation of working groups from different disciplines on a wide range of topics related to a global theme.  Examples of past working groups include: Ethics After Modernism, Human Rights, Global Health, Conceptualizing Justice, The Political Party and Its Alternatives, Development from Below, Ocean Policy, Migration and Post-Colonialism.

To apply, please complete the online Graduate Awards for Working Groups on Global Issues Application Form by Monday, October 5, 2015. Awards will be announced by Friday, October 9, 2015.

Online application form

For any questions related to these working groups or the application process, please contact:

Nancy Hare Robbins, Assistant Director
Duke University Center for International Studies
2204 Erwin Road, Box 90404
Duke University
Durham, NC 27705-0404
P: 919.684.6454
E: nancy.robbins@duke.edu


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September 15 – October 13, 2015  | Festival Week: September 25 – October 4, 2015

This year the festival focuses on how film represents the dreams of many in the region, by the experience of baseball as one of the most important sports played and followed in the Americas; it also explores how art plays a role in the lives of young undocumented migrants, some of the current challenges regarding water, and the victories and struggles of citizens of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Cuba during the past decades. The film festival will encompass the fundamental relationship between life, sports, music, history, and politics in the Americas. Audiences will enjoy the presence of filmmakers, scholars, musicians, and artists. .

Organized by The Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. This event is made possible through funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the US Department of Education. Co-sponsored by the Duke Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Duke Screen/Society, Duke Art of the Moving Image, Duke Center for Documentary Studies, Duke Romance Studies, Duke Women’s Studies, Duke Literature Program, FHI Humanities Writ Large, the Duke Brazil Initiative and the Global Brazil Lab, the Institute for the Study of the Americas at UNC-CH, the Latino Migration Project at UNC-CH, UNC-CH Romance Studies, the Center for Global Initiatives at UNC-CH, PRAGDA, North Carolina Central University, the Carolina Theatre of Durham, and the Durham Arts Council.

The Venezuelan series is possible thanks to the Centro Nacional Autónomo de Cinematografía de Venezuela (CNAC) in collaboration with the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, and the New York University Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Curated by Haydeé Chavero and Miguel Rojas-Sotelo. Thanks to the IAmQuixote Festival.

For a list of the 2015 program, please click here.

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“Fashion Design in South Africa: Reworking Histories through Clothing”

Victoria Rovine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Noon-1.30 pm
Friedl 225
Duke University

South Africa’s fashion industry is remarkably vibrant and diverse. Using the work of several designers, this presentation explores the use of fashion to express and investigate the nation’s histories. The designers represent a wide array of approaches to South Africa’s past; some make direct reference to historical styles and their associations, while others create abstractions that evoke rather than depict shared memories. Whatever their approach, these designers demonstrate that fashion has expressive potential that belies its reputation for frivolity.

Victoria Rovine specializes in African art with a focus on African textiles and dress practices, and on Africa’s presence in Western visual culture, particularly in early twentieth century Europe. She received her MA and PhD from Indian University. Professor Rovine has conducted research in Mali since the early 1990s, and has also worked in Senegal, South Africa, Ghana, and elsewhere in Africa.

Her first book, Bogolan: Shaping Culture Through Cloth in Contemporary Mali(Smithsonian Institution Press, 2001; republished by Indiana University Press, 2008) traces the many manifestations of a distinctively Malian textile in Bamako’s fine art, tourist art, and fashion markets. Her second book, African Fashion, Global Styles: Histories, Innovations, and Ideas You Can Wear (Indiana University Press, 2015) explores the innovations of African designers, the changing roles and meanings of historical dress styles in Africa, and the design, and to bring Africa fully into the story of global fashion design. She has published widely on African fashion designers, contemporary African artists, and the representation of Africa in Europe through visual culture.

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When: Monday, March 25, 2015 – 5:00pm-7:00pm
Where: John Hope Franklin Center – Room 240 – View Map
Speaker: Professor Sir Christopher A. Bayly FBA, FRSL
Vere Harmsworth Professor Emeritus, University of Cambridge
Professor of History, Queen Mary University of London
Vivekananda Professor, University of Chicago
Contact: Nancy Hare Robbins
Assistant Director, Duke University Center for International Studies
919.684.6454 (p); 919.684.8749 (f)


The role of English in India is once again a matter of debate in India following the victory of Narendra Modi in last year’s elections. This year’s Lecture in Comparative World History contextualises the influence of Macaulay in the long term. It shows how and why the use of English was spreading in the Subcontinent well before Macaulay’s notorious ‘Minute’ but discusses the Minute’s meaning and global context. The lecture goes on to consider the emergence of modern Hindi and the attempt in the Punjab in the 1880s to reassert the teaching of Persian as a pan-Indian language. It ends with a discussion of the contest between English and Indian languages in the 20th and 21st centuries.

The Lecture in Comparative World History, founded in memory of Professor John F. Richards, is intended to build upon Professor Richards’ belief that knowledge should be shared far and wide and that the opportunity for education should be afforded to as wide an audience as possible, while communicating the distinct and subtle cultural nuances when providing those educational opportunities. This lecture series is sponsored by the Duke University Center for International Studies (DUCIS).

A reception will follow in the Franklin Center First Floor Gallery.

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I spent my two months in Uganda working in Naama Parish, a small village located about an hour outside of the capital city of Kampala. My connection with the Naama community began in the summer of 2008, when a group of students and I were approached by a doctor at Duke Medical Center, a native Ugandan, who wanted Duke students to travel to his native village, Naama. After spending a successful summer in Naama in 2008 working with the community, I decided to return to the village the following summer to continue my work. [more »]

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See interview at Radio Prague

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Wendy Ewald, Artist in Residence for the Duke University Center for International Studies, collaborates with photographer Denise Dixon for the People’s Biennial 2014 exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit. See video

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