Drawing on his recently completed manuscript "Articulations of Globalizing Knowledge," Michael Kennedy will address scholarship in and on Afghanistan, Kosova and Poland to reconsider how research and teaching can simultaneously recognize the challenge of difference and the ties that bind us. In particular, by comparing Poland's Solidarno'' in the 1980s, Kosova's Vetëvendosje and the international aid complex surrounding Afghanistan in this last decade, he will invite the campus community and the public at large to explore how material and symbolic structures interact to shape university priorities, and how universities can navigate those terrains to realize a greater institutional, and intellectual, global responsibility.
Michael D. Kennedy is Professor of Sociology and International Studies at Brown University’s Watson Institute and the Department of Sociology. With an initial interest on the place of intellectuals and professionals in East European social movements and systemic change, he now works on cultural politics, knowledge networks and global transformations. His most recent publications have addressed universities and social movements in these terms.