Initiatives & Committees

The Committee for Interdisciplinary Science Studies 

Science Studies is an interdisciplinary field that fosters dialog among humanists and scientists. Traditional questions in the humanities are being reinvigorated by emerging scientific research. For example, new findings from neuroscience are reanimating age-old philosophical debates about whether minds are mere matter, and the nature of morality. Discoveries in microbiology, findings that our bodies contain multitudes of bacteria, fungi, and other creatures, are leading historians of science, like Donna Haraway, to argue: We have never been human.

The relationship between science and justice is also central to our intellectual project: How does science get done? Who is included? Who is excluded? These questions have been conventionally asked with respect to race, class, sexuality, and gender. An emerging cohort of scholars are pushing these questions beyond strictly human realms to explore the entanglements connecting us to multiple species.

The CUNY Committee for Interdisciplinary Science Studies seeks to cultivate critical friendships across conventional disciplinary divides. We are bringing together scholars from a wide range of disciplines including philosophers, literary critics, artists, historians, ethnographers, as well as natural scientists to interrogate issues of common interest and concern.

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The Committee for the Study of Religion 

The Committee for the Study of Religion exists to promote interdisciplinary research on religion and religions. It develops various historical and comparative research projects that address religion and the sacred, and their complex and diverse manifestations in modern societies. In addition to the ‘world religions’, our concerns extend to modern spirituality and new religions. The Committee encourages research into the globalization of religion and global religions. Questions surrounding secularism, secularization and post-secular society are also considered by the Committee.

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The Committee on Globalization and Social Change

The Committee on Globalization and Social Change (CGSC) at the Graduate Center is an interdisciplinary working group composed of a core group of CUNY faculty interested in reflecting on globalization as an analytic category for understanding social change as well as on the intersecting social changes commonly associated with the category globalization.

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Endangered Language Initiative

The Endangered Language Initiative aims to promote the scientific study of endangered languages in the areas of teaching and research, and is also dedicated to educating the public and broader scientific community about the study of endangered languages.

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The Futures Initiative

The Futures Initiative aims to advance greater equity and innovation in higher education. Housed at the Graduate Center and reaching throughout the CUNY community, the Futures Initiative empowers the next generation of intellectual leaders with bold, public, and engaged teaching and learning. The Futures Initiative fosters greater understanding of the complexities of the higher education landscape by spearheading qualitative and quantitative research in areas such as academic labor practices and reward systems, open-access multimedia publishing, data visualization and interpretation, and institutional change. Through HASTAC@CUNY (a hub of the online network Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory), the Futures Initiative extends its collaborative peer-to-peer practices across institutions, disciplines, national boundaries, and economic and social disparities, promoting reinvestment in higher education as a public good.

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Graduate Center Digital Initiatives

Graduate Center Digital Initiatives (GCDI) draws together a diverse array of digital projects at the Graduate Center that focus on the incorporation of technology into academic research and teaching. Featured project clusters and areas of strength include the digital humanities, digital scholarly communication, data mining, data repositories, open access journals, spatial humanities and social sciences, network analysis, teaching and learning in a digital age, and digital archives. Taken together, these exciting projects at the Graduate Center are exploring the ways in which traditional scholarly activities are being reshaped by the new methodologies made possible through data-driven inquiry.

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Intellectual Publics

Intellectual Publics provides a multi-faceted forum for cutting-edge scholarship across the humanities and social sciences as well as advice on how to best articulate and publish such work.  We present the ideas and approaches that engage the most visionary thinkers of our time through talks and conversations for an audience invested in the ideas themselves.

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Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences (ITS) 


As of September 2018, the Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences is operating at WWW.ITSATCUNY.ORG

Please refer to our new website for all up-to-date schedules and information regarding Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences. 

The Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences (ITS @ the Graduate Center) provides a home for theoretical research in the sciences that cuts across a wide range of subjects but remains unified by the search for a mathematical description of the world around us.

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A doctoral education in the humanities can and should serve not just academia but the world beyond. That is the premise of an ambitious project by The Graduate Center of the City University of New York to transform doctoral education for the public good. At the heart of this work is the launch of PublicsLab at The Graduate Center.

PublicsLab has two broad goals. The first is to ensure that The Graduate Center’s humanities doctoral programs prepare students for careers both within and outside of academe. The expertise required for humanistic inquiry is vital to understanding the world around us. Through fellowships, internships, workshops, and curriculum enhancement, we strive to provide students with skills and opportunities that will allow them to thrive in academic and non-academic professions.

Central to our project is encouraging doctoral students and faculty to engage in scholarship that is accessible to the public, deepens our understanding of burning issues, and might even spur social change. PublicsLab seeks to incubate and promote socially-engaged learning and creative, community-based research and to attract scholars who are committed to generating new knowledge that contributes to the key issues of our time. 

Together with Graduate Center faculty and students and our expert partners, we aim to create a new approach to doctoral education — one that enhances our students’ educational experience, resonates with the concerns of the greater public, and ultimately, leads to a more informed, knowledge-based world.

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Revolutionizing American Studies Initiative

Revolutionizing American Studies Initiative. This initiative intends to animate a critical engagement with American Studies at and beyond the Graduate Center. The framing rubric for this effort to invigorate and document Americanist discourse at the Graduate Center underscores our intent to interrogate both the genealogies of revolutionary action and thought embedded in the histories of Americanness and the field of American studies, and the potential to think through this field to foster revolutionary thinking toward the generation of new politics, socialities, and cultural practices.

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