Professor Boaz Atzili, SIS and PhD Candidate Min Jung Kim, SIS
The team is collaborating on a research project titled “Buffering Conflict: Geographic Separation Mechanisms, Security, and Insecurity.” They work on a global dataset of buffer state and intra-state buffers between rival states, as well as conduct comparative case studies of buffers in the Middle East and Asia. Atzili and Kim study the origins and development of buffer zones as well as their implication to relations between the rival states that surrounds them and to human security of the buffer’s population.
They have been working on this project for the last year, and in conjunction with it have applied for a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. They presented sections of the project at a conference of the International Security Section of the International Studies Association (ISSS) in Bloomington, IN (with another SIS PhD student, Grace Benson). They will also present its theoretical framework and preliminary findings in two forthcoming conferences: The Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA), in Nashville, TN, and International Borders in a Globalizing World conference at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
Professor Joseph Torigian, SIS and PhD Candidate Eleni Ekmektsioglou, SIS
The team received a grant from APSIA to conduct a workshop on Research and Teaching about Emerging Techonologies. The goal of the workshop is bring together a number of rising junior scholars whose work looks at the timely and pressing question of emerging technologies and their impact on International Security and International Affairs. The workshop will have two components:
The first part of the workshop will give an opportunity to junior scholars to present innovative research that is theoretically and methodologically rigorous, as well as has important implications for policy. The workshop aims to showcase original ideas on methodological tools or under-studied case studies.
The second part of the workshop will revolve around a dialogue on teaching tools and methods for courses that focus on emerging technologies. Given the ever-evolving and highly technical nature of the issue, teaching can be challenging. We would like to carve some space for both senior and junior scholars to reflect on lingering challenges in teaching these subjects and to think creatively about potential solutions. In addition, we aim to develop a potential teaching collaboration, which we hope to launch by Fall 2022. We are planning to host the workshop during the Spring semester 2022 which will give enough time for potential teaching collaborations to materialize before the Fall semester of 2022.
Professor Garrett Graddy-Lovelace, SIS and PhD Candidiate Veronic Limeberry, SIS
The team has been collaborating on many scholarly projects that relate to Veronica's doctoral research: an ethnography of law, community-led encuentros, and interviews to examine the intersections between agrobiodiversity, food sovereignty, and territorial rights for Indigenous and Afro-Descendant groups in Oaxaca Mexico, Andean Peru, and the Tribuga Gulf of Colombia. One large project was an NSF SESYNC (2018-2021) Pursuit. This spun off into a series of community-based shared analysis 'encuentros' in Appalachia, Yucatan Mex, and Andean Peru. They are currently finalizing revisions for a peer-reviewed paper on that methodology for the International Journal Droits et Culture. In the meantime, they have presented at numerous conferences on this multifaceted, multilingual project: at AAG, POLLEN, among others. This has also evolved and expanded into a multimedia, bilingual, international, open access new special feature at a prominent high-impact factor (6.053~!) journal Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene.
In addition, the team recently published the following co-authored article: Displacement of the Scholar? Participatory Action Research Under COVID-19 in the open access journal Frontiers of Sustainable Food Systems.