Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies

This Year’s Conference to Examine Timely Issues of Policing, Violence, and Racism

We are proud to announce that the Cultural Studies Association’s annual conference will take place at Villanova June 2-5, 2016.  This international conference is expected to bring 300 national and international scholars, activists, and artists to campus.  Villanova faculty and students are welcome to attend and participate. Keynote plenary speakers will include Bernadine Evaristo, the award-winning British writer.  The theme of this year’s conference, Policing Crises Now, provides a unique opportunity to engage in a comprehensive, critical conversation on the timely issues of policing, violence, and racism in the US and beyond.  Many other cultural topics will be analyzed in terms of the most recent theoretical and activist approaches.

For more information about the conference, please go to the conference website below. The CSA Conference at Villanova is sponsored by the Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies, the Cultural Studies Program, and the Africana Studies Program. 


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Our Objectives

The objectives of our institute are to foster:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Responsible Global Citizenship

About Us

Welcome to the Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies at Villanova University! The Institute is comprised of two major academic units--the major in Global Interdisciplinary Studies, and the minors in Critical Language and Cultural Studies, which include Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian studies. in addition to these are other affiliated interdisciplinary programs which include Africana Studies, Irish Studies, and Sustainability Studies. Please feel free to browse our web site to learn  more about our programs.

Please see each specific program for details.



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