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Council Update Banner April 2012

Where in the World Are SSRC Fellows?

SSRC Fellows MapExplore the SSRC Fellows Map—an interactive geographic representation of recent Fellow and grantee projects around the globe. With a special emphasis on the growing internationalization of social issues, our fellowships and grants programs engage themes ranging from global issues facing the United States and Japan, to drugs, security, and democracy in Latin America, to approaches to the study of contentious politics. Our largest fellowship program, the International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF), supports the next generation of scholars in the humanities and social sciences pursuing research that advances knowledge about non-US cultures and societies.

In the latest SSRC Book Exchange, author Ronit Ricci, an IDRF Book Fellow (2009) and IDRF Fellow (2002), responds to questions from other IDRF Fellows about her well-received volume Islam Translated: Literature, Conversion, and the Arabic Cosmopolis of South and Southeast Asia (University of Chicago Press, 2011).

More SSRC Fellows making their mark: Bruce Cumings (Abe 2003) discussed the failed North Korean satellite launch on WBEZ public radio in Chicago, Justin McDaniel (IDRF 2001) was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for his work on ghosts and manuscripts in Asia, and several Drugs, Security, and Democracy Fellows were panelists at the Drug Wars in the Americas conference at Brown University’s Watson Institute. Lisa Anderson (Near and Middle East 1978) was honored by Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs at their Twelfth Annual Global Leadership Awards Dinner.

New from Measure of America: a thematic brief on Women’s Well-Being that ranks how women are doing in terms of income, life expectancy, and educational attainment in America’s twenty-five most populous metro areas. Additional MOA analysis was central to a Washington Post look at "Why Women Weather Recessions Better than Men."

Emilie Hafner-Burton has been recognized by Jonathan Aronson as a leading New Voice bringing attention to international human rights issues through rigorous theorizing and empirical testing across the fields of international law, international political economy, international human rights, and gender.

New from NYU Press and the SSRC: The Post-Secular in Question: Religion in Contemporary Society, co-edited by program director Jonathan VanAntwerpen, with an essay by president Craig Calhoun.

A number of SSRC fellowship and grant competitions are now open: the Korean Studies Dissertation Workshop (deadline: May 1); Our Shared Past grants for new approaches to curriculum development (May 31); African Peacebuilding Network Research Grants (June 15); and the China Environment and Health Initiative's Summer Institute (May 15) and Grants for Collaborative Research (August 28).

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