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 which is currently on its second year of existence.
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: The Mobility of Experiences of Membership between the Global South and Global North, 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.
Expanding the scope of our modes of expression and mediums of exchange allows academics and non-academics to begin to see and think about the world in manifold ways. In this vein, the Zolberg Institute supports works that provoke thought through the use of multi-media and film. The film and multi-media series involves curated films and experimental works that convey the topics of migration, mobility and immobility, borders, refugees, sovereignty, belonging, etc. Feet in 2 Worlds (Fi2W) is a project part of the Zolberg Institute, and conducted by the Center for New York City Affairs at the New School, that interprets the popular images and portrayals of immigrants in video and film. For a second year, the group will be organizing film screenings and round-table discussions to deconstruct the depictions of immigrants in a number of films from multiple historical periods. In addition, a competition inviting student film and video-makers to submit short videos on the theme of immigrant identity. Winning videos will be included in an upcoming issue of the Fi2W online magazine, and will be shared with media partners including WNYC, Voices of New York, and New America Media.