“Global R(ace)E(thnicity)M(igration)�: Building on Interdisciplinary Strengths

The College of Liberal Arts (UM) has made diversification and internationalization top priorities. Diversification and internationalization will be achieved through interdisciplinary collaborations of faculty, students and community. Global REM is designed to strengthen an existing cluster of interdisciplinary research centers, departments, programs and faculty that have made substantial contributions to the diversification of research and teaching. U.S.-focused in its earlier iterations, this cluster is now poised to undertake a new initiative by internationalizing its focus.

REM at Minnesota

CLA has long nurtured scholarly expertise and teaching excellence on race, ethnicity, and migration (REM). The U of M was the birthplace of immigration history in the 1920s, and it was an early innovator in interdisciplinary graduate and undergraduate education through its American Studies Program. The Immigrant Archives and Center for Immigration Studies (later joined as the Immigration History Research Center, IHRC) again put Minnesota on the scholarly map in the 1970s.

A formal REM initiative resulted from funding from the Graduate School between 1999 and 2001. REM distinguished itself by linking the study of ethnic “whiteness� and racialized minorities. A REM-inspired cluster of Americanist faculty has sustained itself through institutional linkages among CLA centers, departments, and programs (African and African-American Studies, American Studies, American Indian Studies, Asian-American Studies Chicano Studies, GWSS, IHRC, etc.) As a result of recent hires, conversations in the Institute for Advanced Study around the Politics of Population symposium and collaborative, and the institutionalization of programs in the Institute for Global Studies, REM is now positioned to become an equally innovative initiative we will call “Global REM.�

Continue reading the outline for this initiative.