Projects and Research Programs

Current Projects

Past Projects

Alternative Modernities

The project studied a set of issues concerning how we understand the rise of modernity, its relation to the predecessor "traditional" cultures, and the scope for difference within this. This project resulted in the publication of Alternative Modernities (Duke University Press, 2001).

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Critical Multiculturalism and International Cultural Studies

Supported by a grant from the MacArthur Foundation, this project sought to rethink cultural plurality from a critical approach, exploring its consequences for power relations and the public sphere.

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Language and Culture

Supported by a grant from the MacArthur Foundation, this project considered the intersections between language and mediation, culture, and society.

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Psychology Projects

Sharing a common commitment to critical approaches to psychology, these projects explored questions related to the mind, subjectivity, and culture.

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Text and Social Action

The Text and Social Action Group was organized in 1986 by Michael Silverstein and Greg Urban. The group's collective and collaborative work resulted in the publication of Natural Histories of Discourse (University of Chicago Press, 1996).

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The Internationalization of Culture and Communication

Supported by grants from the Roosevelt and Rockefeller Foundations, this project resulted in three working papers, by Charles Taylor, Partha Chatterjee, and the Center Forum Group.

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Other Projects and Conferences

The CTS is committed to furthering critical intellectual engagement and bringing together scholars from different fields and institutions. In doing so, we sponsor a number of conferences and events throughout the globe.

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