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Transnational Studies Panel April 12

UCR Faculty Plan Discussion of Transnational Studies April 12

A panel will discuss merits of the movement that emphasizes global cooperation between people.

(April 6, 2007)

RIVERSIDE ( — UC Riverside English professor Emory Elliott will lead a panel discussion about transnational studies and its place in UCR’s College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences on Thursday, April 12 at 4 p.m. in HMNSS 1500.

In recent years many arts and humanities scholars have begun to look at their subjects in relation to the transnationalism movement. Transnationalism, a term coined in the 20th century, refers to the global cooperation between people without regard to national boundaries. It differs from internationalism, which refers to cooperation between nation-states.

Some examples of transnationalism are non-governmental organizations such as Greenpeace and research involving scientists in multiple countries.

Elliott, who also directs UCR’s Center for Ideas and Society, is president of the American Studies Association. His presidential address — “Diversity in the United States and Abroad: What Does It Mean When American Studies is Transnational?” — from October 2006 will serve as the starting point for the panel discussion. The paper and two responses to it appear in the American Studies journal American Quarterly (

Panelists include: Vorris Nunley, assistant professor of English; Jodi Kim, assistant professor of ethnic studies; Freya Schiwy, assistant professor of Hispanic studies, and Michelle Raheja, assistant professor of English.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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