Unveiling the Mysteries of Aceh: Local and Global Intersections of Women’s Agency

March 28th, 2013

Thursday, April 4 at 4:30pm

Sociology & Anthropology Faculty Member Siti Kusujiarti
& Student Researchers Annie Pryor, Libba Miano, Breanna Ryan

Present their research:

Forces of tradition, globalization and Islam continuously inform one another and manifested dynamically in cultures across the world. Scholars of globalization often assume that it may have distinct and independent effects of polarization, homogenization or hybridization. However, we argue that these responses to globalization may in fact occur simultaneously within the same community. The manifestations and responses vary depending on the nature of the interactions of global and local factors. Our research focuses on specific ways in which matrifocal traditions, the globalization of feminism and Islamic revivalism shape women’s identities in Aceh — Indonesia’s most Muslim-dominated province. Local institutions provide both the context and structure through which women engage with these global discourses. This research is framed within the global context of competing ideologies, but directly pinpoints the specific impacts on the development of women’s identities in Aceh within the context of the implementation of Shari’ah law.

Prof. Kusujiarti is the recipient of the 2012 Magnarella Family Faculty Scholarship Award which honors faculty for their empirical research.

Global Studies Colloquium presentation today

November 4th, 2011

Building the ‘Bridge of Life,’ or Burning it? The Construction and Constriction of Biodiversity on the Isthmus of Panama

David Abernathy, PhD

Jensen Lecture Hall

Friday, November 4


Welcome and welcome back!

August 17th, 2011

Welcome back to our Global Studies majors, and welcome to any new students who have an interest in Global Studies. We have an exciting year ahead — stay tuned for news about the second annual Fall Global Studies Colloquium Series and other events. Lots more to come!

WWC alum gives “virtual guest lecture”

April 6th, 2011

WWC alum Jesse Fripp reconnected to his alma mater this semester by giving a “virtual guest lecture” to students in an introductory geography course. The topic of conversation was microfinance, which is Fripp’s specialty as Vice President for Global Microfinance at ShoreBank International in Washington, D.C. Fripp had a chance to see and hear from students via Skype, and the students were able to see Fripp and ask questions about his work in microfinance. The Department of Global Studies hopes to host more such “virtual meetings” in the coming semesters.

Read more here: http://warren-wilson.edu/blogs/echo/2011/04/04/warren-wilson-alumni-jesse-fripp-skypes-for-geography-class/

Alan Haney and Steve Apfelbaum to speak on “Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land

February 28th, 2011

Please join ecologist Steve Apfelbaum and former WWC professor Alan Haney as they discuss:

“Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land”

Jensen Lecture Hall (308)

Monday, February 28th


Global Studies student to blog about her experiences in South Africa

January 20th, 2011

Global Studies major Madeline Wadley is headed to South Africa for a study abroad program that focuses on peace, justice and reconciliation. She will be blogging about her experiences, so you can keep up with Madeline here.

Best of luck, Madeline, as you embark upon this wonderful adventure! We can’t wait to hear about what you are learning and doing.

Global Studies Handbook for Majors — hot off the press!

November 1st, 2010

The Department of Global Studies now has a handbook for majors. You can access the PDF version here:


Peter Mawanga on campus today — September 14th

September 14th, 2010

Peter Mawanga from Malawi will be on campus today for a lecture/performance. It will be held in Canon Lounge at 4pm. for more information on Peter, his work and his music, check out his website: www.mawanga.com.

New Global Studies Colloquium Series — Fall 2010

August 19th, 2010

The Department of Global Studies is proud to announce a new colloquium series this fall.  Our first series focuses on the four regional concentrations in our Global Studies major, and will be presented by several of our own faculty. More information to follow, but here are the dates. All presentations will be from 2:30-3:30pm, with refreshments and conversation to follow.

September 10

Latin American Studies

Ben Feinberg – Indians, Mexicans or Hillbillies? History and Identity in Oaxaca, Mexico

September 24

Appalachian Studies

Jeff Keith – Mountains of Contradiction: The Important but Flawed Legacy of Harry Monroe Caudill as a Liberal in, an Activist for, & a Scholar of Appalachia

October 29

Asian Studies

Siti Kusujiarti – Disaster and Recovery in Indonesia: The Roles of Local Government and

November 12

Intercultural Studies

Christey Carwile – The Clave Comes Home: The Glocalization of Salsa Dancing in Ghana and Nigeria

GIS Crew…what are they up to?

July 2nd, 2010

Congratulations to Corey White (’10) who has landed a full-time paid internship in geographic information systems with the City of Asheville. Corey will be working with many different departments in city government as he works on the consolidation of various master plans. Way to go, Corey!