Research Initiatives

The Gospel of Work and Money: Global Histories of Industrial Education

Race & Society

The Gospel of Work and Money: Global Histories of Industrial Education

Background and Scope Beginning in the early nineteenth century and continuing through the twentieth, industrial education programs developed by European and Euro-American policymakers and educators spread across the globe through myriad nation-states and empires. The goal of industrial schools was not to change the second-class status of people of color, the poor, and the colonized, but to instruct them to serve as docile, obedient and productive laborers while maintaining their…
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Environmental Studies

Energy Humanities

Amin Roshan, Wandering, 2019. Acrylic and crude oil, silk screen on canvas, 80x110 cm. (Courtesy of Amin Roshan) Background and Scope The Energy Humanities initiative is part of the Environmental Studies research cluster at the Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) at Georgetown University in Qatar. Led by GU-Q faculty members Professor Victoria Googasian, Professor Trish Kahle, and Professor Firat Oruc, the initiative aims to generate new scholarly conversations on…
Building a Legacy: Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022

Regional Studies

Building a Legacy: Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022

The Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022 in November and December will be the first World Cup in the Middle East. This CIRS research initiative provides a platform for academic engagement with…
The COVID Project

Environmental Studies

The COVID Project

Since March 11, 2020, when the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared the COVID-19 virus a global pandemic, countries around the world have adopted various measures in order to limit…
Economic Migration to the United States

Race & Society

Economic Migration to the United States

To study the challenges and opportunities of skilled immigration flows to the United States, in 2020, the Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) at Georgetown University Qatar launched a new project…
Big Data in the Middle East

Regional Studies

Big Data in the Middle East

Big data is tied to the growth in computing power and is better understood by the four Vs: the volume, velocity, variety, and veracity. Big data and the interconnection of…
Football in the Middle East

Football in the Middle East

In 2019, the Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) launched a new research initiative on “Football in the Middle East.” The aim of this research effort is to provide original academic…
The GCC Crisis: Qatar and its Neighbors

The GCC Crisis: Qatar and its Neighbors

On June 5, 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt, and Bahrain severed diplomatic ties with Qatar. The quartet also imposed a land, maritime, and airspace blockade on…
Political Economy of the Contemporary Middle East

Political Economy of the Contemporary Middle East

The CIRS research initiative on “The Political Economy of the Contemporary Middle East” adopts a multidisciplinary approach, examining a broad range of political, economic, social, and geographic dynamics in the…

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