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CIS Research Colloquium

Spring Research Colloquium

Providing a venue for presenting international- and global-related research, the Center for International Studies invites faculty members and advanced students to present their scholarly work as part of its Spring Research Colloquium, a series of one-hour academic talks for a broad and interdisciplinary audience. 

Presentations focus on recent publications or current research with time for Q&A. Those working on collaborative and interdisciplinary projects are strongly encouraged to participate, but any international- and global-related research presentation is very welcome. 

An annual call for participation will be distributed widely each fall. Please contact for more information.

Spring 2021-2022 Presentations

February 1, 2022

Dr. Jane Ferguson, Fuller Visiting Professor in SE Asian Studies

Repossessing Shanland: Insurgency, Rock Nostalgia and a Nation-State Deferred


February 15, 2022

Dr. Emilia Alonso-Sameño, Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies & Director of the Institute of the Empirical Study of Language

The Pragmatics of Greeting and Welcoming in Online Foreign-Language Environments

Watch Dr. Alonso-Sameño's presentation


March 1, 2022

Julio Beltrán, Latin American Studies MA Student

Embodied Stories: An Ethnography About Capoeira in Quito, Ecuador

Watch Julio Beltrán's presentation


March 15, 2022

Dr. Saumya Pant, Director of Communication and Development Studies
Jorge Castillo-Castro, Director of Operations and Communication, Tropical Herping
Megan Westervelt, MFA Candidate, Communication Media Arts

Performing Stories of Resistance and Transformation: Theater of the Oppressed as a Method for Building Capacity and Indigenous Leadership in Amazonian Ecuador

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Spring 2020-2021 Presentations


February 16, 2021

Dr. Mario Grijalva, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

The Healthy Living Initiative: Twelve Years and Going Strong

Watch Dr. Grijalva's presentation


March 2, 2021

Dr. Thomas Smucker, Geography and Dr. Martin Oulu, Agricultural Economics, University of Nairobi

Foundations for Convergence: Sub-national Collaboration at the Nexus of Climate-Change Adaptation, Disaster-Risk Reduction, and Land Restoration under Multi-level Governance in Kenya

Watch Dr. Smucker and Dr. Oulu's presentation


March 16, 2021

Dr. Mariana Dantas, History

Researching the Black Experience in Colonial Latin America: Enslaved Women and Understandings of Freedom

Watch Dr. Dantas presentation


March 30, 2021

Dr. Garrett Field, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and School of Music

Prose, Prosody, Praise Song: Three Translations of Prophetic Biography in the Maldive Islands

Watch Dr. Field's presentation


Tuesday, April 6

Student Research Presentations I

Katie Gardner, Communication and Development Studies

Dear Appalachia: Stories of Resilience and Resistance

Valeria Garrido, Latin American Studies

Perceptions of Traditional Medicine in Ecuador

George Ofori-Atta, African Studies

Media and Democracy: A Comparative Critical Discourse Analysis of and Coverage of The Final Ruling on Ghana’s 2012 Presidential Election Petition

Faith Otchere, Communication and Development Studies

Media Representation of the Experiences of Trafficked Women in Ghana: An Exploratory Study 

Watch the April 6th presentations


Tuesday, April 13

Dr. Christopher Thompson, Linguistics

Bōsai ([Tsunami] Disaster Prevention) Tourism in Tarō, Japan: Ten Years After the Disaster in March 2011

Watch the Dr. Christopher Thompson's presentation


Tuesday, April 20

Student Research Presentations II

Ama Boatemaa Appiah Kubi, African Studies

Beyond Gender and Sex: Negotiating the Spaces of Policy Interventions and Leadership Commitment During a Pandemic in Ghana

Ruth Appiah Kubi, International Development Studies

African Immigrant Women's Experiences of Maternity Health Care Services in Columbus, Ohio

James Fisher, History

“It is not enough to proclaim it, we must put it into practice”: Feminist Discourse and Decolonization in Senegalese Artistic Production

Amal Shimir, International Development Studies

Demobilization, Disarmament and Reintegration (DDR) in Iraq, What Is Missing?

Watch the April 20th presentations