Global Studies Spring 2021 Webinar Series

This semester, the Global Studies Program is hosting a series of events via zoom featuring scholars and practitioners who will speak on topics ranging from AI to climate change and fascism. Learn more below about our events and register to attend.

Global Webinar

March 5, 12:00-2:30pm EST

Modeling the Mind:From Buddhism to Artificial General Intelligence


  • Joscha Bach, AI Foundation
  • Simon Wiles, Stanford Libraries
  • Pei Wang, Temple University (Computer Science)
  • Marcus Bingenheimer, Temple University (Religion), Organizer

This radically interdisciplinary symposium juxtaposes Buddhist models of the mind and contemporary research in Artificial General Intelligence (AGI). How did humans understand in different environments and for different purposes? What is the place of ethics, perception, logic, volition, embodiment, and consciousness in a traditional belief system like Buddhism? How does it differ from the Artificial Intelligences explored in contemporary Computer, Cognitive and Neuro-Science?
Cosponsored by Temple Libraries, CHAT, and the Loretta C. Duckworth Scholars Studio

Global Webinar

March 11, 1:00-3:00pm EST

What Makes Climate Change Colonial…and How Can it be Addressed as Such?


  • Tracey Osborne, UC Merced
  • Kevon Rhiney, Rutgers University
  • Kimberley Thomas, Temple University (Geography & Urban Studies), Organizer
  • Moderator: Austin Martin, PhD Student (Geography & Urban Studies)

This webinar highlights geographical perspectives on climate justice that take contemporary climate inequities to be functions of historical and ongoing systems of oppression, exploitation, and marginalization. The panel draws on field experiences in several countries including Ecuador, Mexico, Jamaica, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Guyana, and the United States to consider how enacting climate justice is necessarily anticolonial and entails struggles over whose knowledge counts.
Cosponsored by Geography & Urban Studies and Dissent in America

Global Webinar

April 15, 2:00-4:00pm EDT

Populist and Far-Right Movements


  • Carly Barboza Machado, Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro
  • Rohit Chopra, Santa Clara University
  • Damien Stankiewicz, Temple University (Anthropology), Organizer

The last decade has seen a broad swell of far-right and populist political movements. Though they vary in form and content, some sparked by political leaders, others sprouting at grassroots, they tend to share a rejection of liberal values, pluralism, and democratic institutions. This event examines recent developments in India, France, and Brazil, taking special interest in how social media have intersected with the growth of far-right movements.
Special Event: Undergraduate Research Prize in Anthropology

Global Webinar

April 15, 2:00pm EDT

Undergraduate Research Prize in Anthropology
Winning papers will present at the event Populist and Far-Right Movements

  • First Prize: $750
  • Second prize: $300

Paper Contest Guidelines:

  • Paper can be one you’ve submitted in a course or a new paper
  • Between 2,500 and 5,000 words (approx. 12-20 pages), double-spaced
  • On any topic related to global far-right movements
  • Paper must demonstrate engagement with anthropological and/or ethnographic research
  • Submit paper by March 15 to Professor Damien Stankiewicz at

By “anthropological and/or ethnographic research,” we mean that papers should cite anthropologists who are studying/who have studied relevant nationalist politics and movements and/or scholars (who may or may not be anthropologists) who use ethnographic research methods.
Cosponsored by Anthropology and Dissent in America

Sanjoy Chakravorty
325 Gladfelter Hall

Assistant Director:
Danielle K. Scherer
663 Gladfelter Hall