Movement Matters: Global Body in Conflict (Dance)

Lida Winfield, Christal Brown, Laurel Jenkins, Karima Borni, Meshi Chavez, Michael Abbatiello, Tiffany Wilbur

In 2023, the Dance Department hosted six artist residencies to explore conflict as an embodied experience. The three guiding questions for this research project were: (1) how does embodiment and creativity impact our engagement with a complex topic? (2) can embodiment and creativity be tools for facilitating understanding across difference? and (3) can the practice of embodiment and creativity generate increased empathy? For videos and images, click here or visit Lida Winfield’s webpage here. Download the file below for a summary presentation. 

Global Body in Conflict 2023 CT Presentation 

Global Body in Conflict 2023 CT Report

Feminist Studies vs. Feminist Activism (Gender, Sexuality, & Feminist Studies)

Carly Thomsen and Laurie Essig 

Feminist, Queer, and Trans Studies scholars are increasingly attacked for espousing what conservatives call “gender ideology,” an ostensibly subversive set of ideas meant to destroy traditional gender roles and to corrupt children. Meanwhile, Feminist, Queer, and Trans Studies scholars are being chastised by activists and practitioners for pushing back against the very ideas about sex, gender, and the body that have become commonsense among liberals and progressives. This project began as a way to examine the conflicting epistemologies at play among Feminist, Queer, and Trans Studies scholars and related activists. Ultimately, we sought to outline the value of academic scholarship on gender, sexuality, and the body for social justice movements as a way to begin to transform these deep conflicts.

Thomsen and Essig 2023 CT Report

Adding North Korea Case Study to Strategic Empathy Project (James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies)

James Lamson

This research project, first funded in 2022, added collaborators and a new case study in 2023. Below, find a brief summary of the 2023 efforts. For a longer narrative of the research project, please see the “2022 Grant Recipients” page of this website here.

Strategic Empathy 2023 Report

Indigenous People vs Decarbonization? Exploring and overcoming conflicts between mining for clean technology and Native rights (International Environmental Policy)

Lyuba Zarsky, Rachel Herring, and Keaton Sandeman

The rise in domestic mineral procurement has reignited historic conflicts between the Federal Government and Indigenous peoples over Tribal sovereignty. This study utilizes a Conflict Transformation framework to investigate the structural roots of mining
conflicts and their impacts on Tribal Nations. These conflicts are rooted in patterns of environmental degradation, colonialism, and broken promises to Tribal communities. Strengthening environmental regulations, improving Tribal consultation, and commencing a long-term Truth and Reconciliation process are possible ways toward more constructive relations. 

Energy Research and Social Science 2024 article 

‘One Bite and All is Forgiven’: Paths to Gastro-Diplomacy and Conciliatory Foodways in Cyprus and Turkey (History, Food Studies)

Febe Armanios

A Better Bargain: Transforming Conflict Negotiation Processes Between Workers and Management (Sociology)

Jamie McCallum

Rural Vermont Community Responses to Claims of Anthropogenic Climate Change (Anthropology)

Marybeth Eleanor Nevins

Flowing Toward Peace: Opportunities and Obstacles for Transforming Water Conflicts through Decentralized, On-site Water Production (International Environmental Policy)

Jeff Langholz

The Roots of Hindu-Muslim Conflict in India (Political Science)

Ajay Verghese and Roberto Foa

Perspective-Taking in Conflict Transformation (Psychology)

Suzanne Gurland

Host Community Impacts of Study Centers Abroad: Transaction, Extraction, Transformation (International Education Management)

David Wick