The Zolberg Institute supports working groups/labs around areas of common interest related to the assembled topics of global migration and (im)mobilities amongst faculty and students. The Institute is funding a number of collaborative platforms such as research clusters that invest in work with the goal of producing new research on a common theme. Such groups include The Multiple Mobilities Research Cluster, an interdisciplinary group of faculty who are rethinking migration and mobility through material cultures, technology studies, post-humanism, ecological studies and anthropology.
Pedagogically oriented projects are also being conducted that are looking to advance the intellectual development of an idea or theme related to the Zolberg Institute’s mission. Intellectual development projects involve a set of participants (including faculty and students) engaged in reading texts and having a sustained, interdisciplinary conversation towards the creation of syllabi, extended bibliographies and working papers. This year there are two intellectual development groups, the Citizenship in Movement, which includes an interdisciplinary group of faculty and students that will study how“new experiences” of membership and belonging that have been developing across the multiple topographies of the global south and how they have been transformed into a new kind of mobility paradigm that permeate the borders of the north; and the ZIMM Student Fellows Working Group & Mentor Program, bringing together students, scholars and invited speakers in order to collaborate and help students develop their work and research into publishable articles.
The Zolberg Institute is also sponsoring creative collaborations that seek to put into conversation issues amongst diverse fields of inquiry and representation. These collaborations follow an open format and bring together faculty, students, artists, designers and/or activists to explore some common project, method, approach or theme. The Mobility in Post-Democracy working group, led by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, will offer a variety of forms of engagement during two extended programs, including teach-ins, collaborative performances, and seminars that will culminate with a concluding conference.