- Sunnie Rucker-Chang, German Studies
- Gergana Ivanova, German Studies
- Ashley Currier, Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
This Research Group (RG) recognizes the roles of global capitalism, colonialism, nationalism, migration, and other movements in bringing cultures into contact with one another, often by force. Transnational Cultural Studies (TCS) builds on the insights of older fields, such as comparative literature and studies, and overlaps with new fields, such as comparative area studies. This RG emphasizes nimble, transnational comparisons over “global studies” perspectives that gloss over important distinctions between countries and world regions. TCS is poised to carry UC into twenty-first-century research excellence by overcoming disciplinary compartmentalization that keeps faculty and students from talking and learning across fields.
This RG will highlight Taft member departments’ current strengths in international research and attract faculty from anthropology, area studies (African, Asian, European, Latin American, and Middle Eastern studies), gender and sexuality studies, history, language and literary studies, philosophy, political science, and sociology. Topics of interest to TCS members include: language and identity studies; “text, representation, and context”; popular and visual culture; postcolonial, postsocialist, and postcommunist studies; comparative racial, ethnic, gender, sexuality, and religious studies; intercultural communication; and transnational social movements.