Social Justice and Social Action

Our contemporary historical moment is marked by social, environmental, geopolitical, and economic crises that have intensified inequalities across the globe. Research and teaching in GSL address these questions of social justice from international and interdisciplinary perspectives.

Part of the Dissolve Inequality project, Dissolve Music is a two-day conference in spring 2018 for scholars, musicians, and activists to explore the ways music can dissolve boundaries and offer insights into tackling injustice, violence, and inequality.  Organized by Ian Condry (GSL) and Jan St.

The phenomenal growth of online communities, new forms of leisure, social networking, and collaborative creativity in recent years has been facilitated in part by digital tools, but equally through social dynamics that build trust, rapport, and shared commitments.

This project seeks to expand our understanding of early Chinese migration to the US by uncovering vital aspects of Chinese educational migration in the years between 1840 and 1940.

China4Kids is a K-12 outreach project designed to promote understanding of Chinese culture and history at the elementary level in Massachusetts. The content for the project has been selected to support the Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework, Grade 4 Learning Standards (4.1-4.6).

This project traces the evolution of ideas concerning East-West intermixing in China, Hong Kong, and the US in the years between 1842 and 1943, as well as the lived experiences of mixed/Eurasian families that formed through the histories of migration, diaspora, trade and other encounters on both sides of the Pacific.

I am working on a book manuscript that maps out the emerging ecosystem of Chinese *activism 2.0* which traverses multiple sectors – the NGO sector, the university, the corporate, and the IT sector.

In 2012-13, France experienced massive demonstrations against the bill on gay marriage. Demonstrators claimed that marriage equality was to be found in “gender theory,” an ideology imported from America. By “gender theory” they meant queer theory in general, and more specifically the work of philosopher Judith Butler.

At the heart of this project lies the idea that minorities, through experiences of exclusion and conditional assimiliation (“passing”), deconstruct the clarity of the majority relationship to the law.

Since the beginning of the seventies, debates on bioethics have turned the body into a sacred object, which is now considered as a depository of French identity. Perreau uncovers this new relationship to the body in French policies towards marriage, adoption, and immigration.

Since January 2006, Professor Ian Condry has organized the Cool Japan: Media, Culture, Technology Research Project at MIT and Harvard. The project presents colloquia, international conferences, and arts events to examine the cultural connections, dangerous distortions, and critical potential of popular culture.