Fung Global Fellows to focus on ‘Thinking Globally’

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

By Pooja Makhijani, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies

Six exceptional scholars from around the world will come to Princeton University virtually this fall to begin a year of research, writing and collaboration as the eighth cohort of Fung Global Fellows.

The Fung Global Fellows Program, administered by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, brings together international research scholars from the social sciences and humanities around a common topic. For the 2020-21 academic year, the scholars will once again work on “Thinking Globally” and explore how ideas frame the understanding of interests and the making of institutions that have yielded commonness and conflict across and within borders. Sandra Bermann, the Cotsen Professor in the Humanities and professor of comparative literature, will direct the program.

“Topics will range from humanitarianism, global health, law and social change, to histories of migration and emerging imaginaries in literature and art,” said Bermann.  

“It will be a highly meaningful year for us, as we consider ways in which global thinking has faced past challenges and is being transformed today through encounters with the recent pandemic, economic crises, issues of systemic racism and wide-ranging inequalities.”

For the first time, scholars will engage virtually, rather than on campus, due to current coronavirus-related travel restrictions.  

“We much look forward to welcoming this terrific new cohort of scholars,” said Bermann.  “I expect online collaborations to offer us new, creative opportunities for building a truly international Princeton community.”

 The six fellows selected for 2020-21:

  • Awol Kassim Allo, senior lecturer, School of Law, Keele University
  • Thana Cristina de Campos, assistant professor of ethics, law, and public policy, School of Government, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile
  • Jiazhi Fengjiang, postdoctoral scholar
  • Jernej Habjan, research fellow, Institute of Slovenian Literature and Literary Studies, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts
  • Fabrice Langrognet, adjunct lecturer of migration studies, Paris School of International Affairs, Sciences-Po
  • Mallika Leuzinger, postdoctoral scholar

The program is funded by a portion of a $10 million gift from Princeton alumnus William Fung of Hong Kong that is designed to substantially increase the University’s engagement with scholars around the world and inspire ideas that transcend borders.

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