Penn Global is excited to congratulate the following 2012/2013 Global Engagement Fund Award Recipients:

Conference on Contested Spaces in India and South Asia
Lisa Mitchell (SAS)

  • Abstract
  • This proposal is seeking additional matching funding for a two-day international conference on Contested Spaces in India and South Asia, to be held March 29-30, 2012 on the Penn campus. Participants include anthropologists, landscape architects, geographers, historians, and area studies specialists drawn from three continents (Europe, India, and the US). As contestations over space grow increasingly central to political, social and economic lives throughout South Asia, and within the world more generally, this conference will facilitate cross-disciplinary dialogue between the Penn community and an impressive group of domestic and international scholars, while also charting future directions for the field.

Developing Agricultural Technologies and Equipment Marketable in China to Increase Dairy Production Efficiency
David Galligan (VET), Zhiguo Wu (VET), Joseph Sun (SEAS)

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  • Global food production must double by the year 2050 in order to meet a growing affluent population of 9 billion.  With limited land and water resources, developing technologies that promote the efficiency of production is critically important.  In recent years, China has dramatically increased its number of dairy cows as an effort to increase milk production, but the production level has been low, at 30-40 lb per cow per day, compared to 70-80 lb per cow per day in the US.  Low production has limited the industry’s contribution to the country’s national food supply, and resulted in environmental inefficiencies. The Center for Animal Health and Productivity at Penn has been working with china, particularly Northwest Agricultural and Forestry University, in the development of software that can be used in the field on Chinese dairy herds.  Initial implementation of the software on three herds in China has resulted in a 3-4 lb per cow per day more milk, a 10% improvement.  We envision additional improvements in yield when forage feed is improved. We have identified important improvement opportunities in the preparation of corn silage, a major forage source for dairy cows in China as well as in the world.  The purpose of this project is to convene a conference of experts to discuss problems with the current practices and associated solutions.  Conduct of this project will involve collaboration of Veterinary, Engineering,  Wharton, and Chinese universities (participation of undergraduate students from these schools), as well as members familiar with Chinese agricultural machinery.  The goal is to foster a measure that can be used to improve global food production efficiency, particularly in China, by developing agricultural technologies and equipment. This project will strengthen our collaborations at both international and inter-school levels, and will offer a commercial opportunity for Penn.

Interdisciplinary conference exploring Chinese and Indian state and firm-level interventions in Africa and Latin America
Mauro Guillen (Wharton), Fred Dickinson (SAS), Lee Cassanelli (SAS)

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  • The Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management & International Studies proposes an interdisciplinary conference exploring Chinese and Indian state and firm-level interventions in Africa and Latin America as harbingers of an emergent global economic structure, defined by intensified and re-configured South-South linkages. 

    The conference will bring together academic, civil society, policy, and business leaders to investigate the following questions:  

    • What happens when the expanded presence of China and India in Africa and Latin America is considered a central, rather than tangential, force in a new era of globalization? 
    • How do Chinese and Indian firms imagine their own activities in Africa and Latin America? What are perceptions within their host nations?
    • How do “local” languages, practices, histories, and cultural forms function as the means through which such global forces are experienced and articulated? 
    • Do these activities represent instantiations of a “China Model” or an “India Model” for the re-articulation of state and corporate interests, and in the African and Latin American context, is either of these models perceived to be displacing older development models? 

    The conference will be comprised of four themed panel discussions and two keynote addresses, preceded and followed by two workshops with the key participants.

International Accountability and Information Harms
Andrea Matwyshyn (Wharton), Peter Decherney (SAS) 

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  • This conference – a collaboration across Wharton, SAS and Engineering - will explore the deficits that exist in international legal regimes around holding individuals and companies accountable for information harms they cause across international borders. Specifically, this conference focuses on international privacy, information security, and intellectual property harms. Panels will discuss outsourced digital medical records, international copyright issues and extradition, security vulnerability research across national borders, privacy law challenges faced by businesses such as Google that operate across international boundaries, and legal responsibility for security vulnerabilities in foreign-built products, particularly in medical devices.

    Through an external collaboration with the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Ottawa Law School and University of Edinburgh Law Schools, speakers will be selected from the UK, Canada, Latin America, India, China, EU, Africa and Australia and other countries to complement a group of leading US scholars. Our discussions will attempt to craft frameworks that harmonize existing legal approaches, leveraging expertise of speakers from at least 10 countries and across at least five disciplines.

New Technologies, Human Rights and Transparency: A Cross Disciplinary and Public Interest Approach
Monroe Price (ASC)

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  • This proposal seeks funding for an innovative partnership between Wharton, Annenberg, Law, Engineering, and other Interdisciplinary centers on campus that will place the University of Pennsylvania at the forefront of a significant field of research. New Technologies, Human Rights, and Transparency examines the relationship between government and corporate power in today’s digitally networked world. Project goals include the construction of a sound methodology for analyzing the policies and practices of powerful Information and Communication Technology (ICT) companies as well as the creation of a high profile, cross-institution research group to explore free expression and privacy online, associated public policy issues, and methods for educating the public about how new communications technologies affect citizens’ rights and liberties in the Internet age. The project brings together key faculty and students (graduate and undergraduate) from several schools, departments, and centers to engage in this ground-breaking research. Using Penn as the core, it reaches out to a global audience and includes research partners in key countries, including India, China, Brazil, Russia, and Europe. It brings to Penn one of the leading thinkers on technology and human rights. It applies a pioneering mechanism to foster greater corporate accountability and transparency. And it proposes a seminar series that will bring noted experts to Penn, expand the influence of the research network, and promote the project’s work throughout the university.

Peking University – Penn Population Center Partnership
Emily Hannum (SAS)

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  • This proposal seeks to establish a partnership—faculty and student exchanges and web‐enabled workshops between Penn’s Population Studies Center (PSC) and Peking University’s Sociology Department. A formal connection between these two demographic research and training institutions would facilitate training and research opportunities for doctoral students in demography and those in other parts of the university with population‐related interests. It would also create opportunities for research collaborations among students and faculty. Finally, the partnership would enrich the population training experience at both institutions via web‐based workshops for discussion of current research. Four initial activities are proposed: faculty short term trips, a graduate student summer research exchange, an academic term student exchange, and a monthly joint webconference workshop. Faculty trips would be utilized to discuss research and teaching collaborations. The student summer research exchange would send a student in each direction to work on a faculty research project for the summer. The academic term student exchange would send one student in each direction to sit in on classes and to work as a research assistant on a faculty project. The webconference workshop would enable students and faculty to share and critique work in progress.

Real Estate Markets in Informal Settings: India and Brazil
Susan Wachter (Wharton), Eugenie Birch (Design)

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  • A range of policy approaches have been developed to create “slum-free” cities. Despite these efforts, informal housing remains ubiquitous. To understand the processes that govern informal settlements, they cannot be assumed to be divorced from market forces, but must be understood as complex environments where state policies, market actors and civil society play a role.

    In spring 2012, the Penn Institute for Urban Research will convene an international workshop on real estate markets in informal settings in India and Brazil bringing together economist, sociologist and planners specialists of these regions. It will be organized in collaboration with the World Economic Forum’s Urban Development Initiative. Following the workshop, we propose to undertake a data collection exercise over the summer 2013 in Mumbai, to investigate how land and housing markets operate within informal settlements. This work will complement an effort undertaken in Rio de Janeiro with support from the Lincoln Land Institute. It will also offer a supervised research opportunity in India for an undergraduate student.

    This project will bring together scholars and practitioners working on two different countries to favor the emergence of a multidisciplinary, comparative understanding of the structures and mechanisms that govern urban land and housing markets in informal settlements.

Support for a CASI Distinguished International Scholar
Devesh Kapur (SAS)

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  • This proposal seeks to obtain funds through the GEF Distinguished International Scholar program to support Dr. C. Raja Mohan who has recently accepted an invitation as a 2013 Spring Semester Visiting Scholar from the Center of the Advanced Study of India (CASI) in SAS at Penn. Dr. Raja Mohan is the Head of the Strategic Studies Initiative and Distinguished Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation in Delhi and a contributing editor for the Indian Express. Besides being a widely respected scholar and author, Dr. Raja Mohan is considered to be one of the foremost strategic and foreign policy experts in India. He not only has a widely respected public profile but is also an influential member of the Indian strategic community. He is therefore ideally qualified to be invited as a Penn Distinguished International Scholar. His presence at CASI also fits in well with the Center's research focus this academic year on India's foreign and security policies. His visit coincides with CASI's Annual Security Workshop and overlaps with other scholars at the Center sharing similar interests. Finally his presence here will enrich the Penn community interested in contemporary India and its world view.

Support for the Global Distinguished Lecture speaker series
Kathleen Hall (GSE)

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  • The Department of Education-supported National Resource Centers at Penn (South Asia Center, Center for East Asian Studies, Africa Center, and Middle East Center) function under the conviction that the world is becoming increasingly connected across cultures and geographic regions, thus making the promotion of global issue awareness a central part of our work.  In addition to the many resources that the National Resource Centers offer to scholars, educators, students and community in the area, we organize an annual Global Distinguished Lecture featuring someone whose work illuminates those issues that affect our regions and the world at large. This year, we have selected Pakistani documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy as our distinguished speaker. Her films, which depict the predicaments of vulnerable populations across the world, have garnered international acclaim and won numerous prestigious awards. We will screen one of her latest films, the Academy Award-winning Saving Face, and follow with a discussion about the issues addressed in the film.

The Future of Archaeological Heritage in a Rapidly Changing World: A Global Conversation
Frank Matero (Design), C. Brian Rose (SAS), Julian Siggers (Penn Museum)

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  • Heritage and conservation have become central themes in contemporary discourse on place, cultural identity, and ownership of the past. Archaeological sites have long ranked among the most represented of heritage sites worldwide as reflected on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, yet efforts to protect, preserve, and develop these places as cultural and economic assets have progressed with little consensus on methods and goals or indicators of success. Despite over a century of activity, there has been limited effort toward critical evaluation or the opportunity for academic and professional debate on the strategies for cultural heritage protection across international boundaries and disciplines. A symposium of academics, professionals, and leaders from heritage organizations including UNESCO, World Bank, World Monuments Fund, the Archaeological Institute of America, and other international players will allow a fresh conversation with Penn faculty, students, and centers. The conference will yield a collection of papers to be published in Penn Press’ new international journal, Change Over Time, which will confirm Penn’s leadership capacity in this field. Both activities will tie into a new certificate program in cultural heritage protection to be offered jointly by the School of Design and the Penn Museum. The proposed two-day conference will place in Fall 2013.