GSCI Faculty Events

It is the intention of the GSCI to encourage a collaborative academic environment for faculty across the Lehigh campus and beyond. Listed below are the people who participated in a series of meetings that were scheduled in order to familiarize newly hired faculty members with Lehigh faculty who share an interest in globalization and social change themes.

Please check out the following PDF which includes a list of the attendees from our latest meetings, their areas of specialty, along with their contact information. If you are a Lehigh faculty member who would be interested in becoming more familiar with what the GSCI might have to offer you in terms of collaborative research initiatives and social networking on campus, please feel free contact Jack Lule.

PDF Files used for GSCI Luncheon Menus:
Goosey Gander PDF
Deja Brew PDF


LECTURE: John Jirik, Assistant Professor, of the Globalization & Social Change Initiative and Department of Journalism & Communication
"The PRC’s ‘going out’ project: CCTV International and the Imagination of a Chinese Nation"
March 17, 2009
12:10pm - 1pm
Maginnes Hall, Room 101
Sponsored by the GSCI, Journalism & Communication, and International Relations

ABSTRACT (PDF of full paper)
This paper examines the ‘going out’ project, launched by the Chinese Communist Party and PRC government in 2001, in terms of one of the major organs for dissemination of PRC publicity abroad, CCTV International CCTV-I). The paper uses original documents and content analysis of a representative sample (twenty-eight days of programming divided into two 14-day periods over sixteen weeks) of CCTV-I programming from 2004 to how the strengths and weaknesses of the going out project in television. Utilizing concepts primarily derived from Edward Said (Orientalism) and Kai-wing Chow (Narrating Nation, Race, and National Culture), I analyze the production at CCTV-I of representations of China and the world for the channel’s audiences. Control over the PRC’s image abroad is a key component of the ‘going out’ project. How successful that part of that project has been can be seen from analysis of the content of CCTV-I and comparison of those findings with original unpublished government documents outlining the government’s plans for CCTV-I as part of the ‘going out’project.


LECTURE: Bruce Whitehouse, Sociology& Anthropology Department
"The Stranger’s Advantage: Migration, Entrepreneurs and Social Capital in Brazzaville"
February 12, 2009

This paper engages critically with the concept of social capital in migration research. Using primary ethnographic data gathered among West African immigrant entrepreneurs in Brazzaville, Congo, it examines social dynamics favoring immigrant enterprise and simultaneously inhibiting indigenous participation in the commercial sector, as prospective entrepreneurs use migration to lighten their burden of social obligations and boost their prospects for success. By recognizing the sometimes constraining influence on individual ambitions of membership in social networks, this research seeks to reconceptualize social capital and to produce a more nuanced understanding of migration’s underlying causes in contemporary African societies.

Bruce welcomed feedback and discussion which were encouraged to assist him with the development of his research. All those who were present provided useful insight and discussion associated with the topic which was most stimulating.


The GSCI would like to thank all of you who attended our first Faculty Workshop on Globalization!
The three panel discussions on "Migration, Globalization & Religion, and Imagining China" sparked fascinating debate across disciplinary boundaries and we are so delighted that you were able to be a part of such a fascinating event.
January 30, 2009
Linderman Library, Room 200

The purpose of these discussions was to expand collaborative teaching and research relationships among faculty with similar interests in the study of globalization and social change, and based upon the strong interdisciplinary participation of faculty and graduate students from across all four colleges, the day was an unqualified success.

Though it feels as if we might have only touched upon the skin of three such fascinating topics, we welcome any opportunity to find unique and simple technological ways of keeping the discussions going. Please feel free to contact Jack Lule with your ideas.

Thank you again for making the day such a great success which was only possible through your keen participation.


Miren Edurne Portela, Modern Languages & Literature

Matt Sanderson, Sociology & Anthropology

Bruce Whitehouse, Sociology & Anthropology


Nandini Deo, Political Science

Rob Rozehnal, Religion Studies

Amardeep Singh, English

Vera Fennell, Political Science

John Jirik, Journalism & Communication

Kevin Narizny, International Relations

Yuping Zhang, Sociology & Anthropology


The Globalization of Nationalism
"Can we look forward to a Global Village or a contest among nations?"

Professor Liah Greenfeld, Boston University
September 25, 2008
Maginnes Hall, Room 101

A leading authority on nationalism, Professor Greenfeld will argue that the prevalent interpretation of globalization is mistaken. She claims that Globalization is NOT responsible for the obliteration of differences among nations and their integration into one global community. Instead, she will discuss how NATIONALISM is the most important phenomenon that is taking on global proportions. Dr. Greenfeld will also explain how nationalism, fueled by competitiveness, is more likely to exacerbate conflict than to promote world cooperation.

Event sponsored by the following Lehigh Departments and Programs: Globalization and Social Change Initiative, International Relations, Political Science, History