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The Fine Line Between the Digital and “Real” World: Social Media and Social Order in Oslo, Norway by Shaan Merchant

by tuftsigl
The Fine Line Between the Digital and “Real” World: Social Media and Social Order in Oslo, Norway by Shaan Merchant Dec 18

In his speech, celebrated Norwegian sociologist Knut Lundby said, “We must be careful not to exaggerate the power of social media in determining social order.” Despite the extreme respect for him in the field, Lundby’s warning was answered by laughter from the crowd: in a conference focused on social media and social order, this is awfully hard to do.

Thanks to the Tufts Undergraduate Research Fund and the Institute for Global Leadership, I was fortunate enough to attend and present research I have been doing with Professor Sarah Sobieraj at the Social Media and Social Order conference in Oslo, Norway. Studded with acclaimed researchers, sociologists, and academics from a range of countries, we heard about projects ranging from the impact of meme collectives in Assam, India to Instagram appropriation in Norway’s Bible Belt; from the threat of Surveillance Capitalism to the empowerment of Palestinian rebels through the use of film and social media publication.

Oct 04

Isolation and Disparity in Kwajalein Atoll by Noah Rose

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This June, I flew to Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands as part of an ALLIES pilot project facing the Pacific. I collaborated with two midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy to study the effects of climate change on U.S. national security.

Sep 21

Waving the Saffron Flag by Douglas Berger and Jackson McGlinchey

by tuftsigl

India’s 70th anniversary of independence seemed a strikingly local affair in Mumbai. The flags of the local right-wing Marathi party, Shiv Sena, and Maharashtra state proved far more numerous than the national standard.

Sep 15

Japanese College Students on the Role of the Self-Defense Forces by Michael Olesberg

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We had the pleasure to visit a political science class at Keio University, the oldest private university in Japan. There we did a panel discussion between the JRP and Keio students. While much of the information we got out of the meeting was anecdotal, it was still fascinating.

Aug 08

Buhoro, buhoro: Aegis Trust and Peacebuilding in Rwanda By Alexandra LaRosa, Fletcher MALD Candidate 2018

by tuftsigl

When friends and family ask how I’m enjoying my time in Rwanda, I automatically default to saying that Rwanda is beautiful. If I say this to Rwandan’s who ask how I find their country, however, they often become dismayed. “What about it is beautiful,” some will respond, prompting me to come up with a more original review.

Aug 02

The Geography of Shatila by Eliza Davis

by tuftsigl

They call Shatila a camp, but in reality it’s much more of a sprawling neighborhood. Infamous for the Sabra and Shatila massacre of 1982, the “camp” now plays home to far more Syrians than Palestinians. Fleeing from neighboring Syria, over 1.5 million have sought refuge in Lebanon, a country with a population of just four million.

Jul 31

Amman’s Built Environment by Ian James

by tuftsigl

I arrived in Amman six months ago as a student in a study abroad program. During my semester in Jordan, I was able to explore different parts of the city, improve my Arabic, and make friends at the University of Jordan. I quickly decided, however, that I wanted to stay beyond my four-month program.

Jul 11

My Summer Diving into Mediation and Diplomacy by Ningyi Sun

by tuftsigl

I am an upcoming second-year student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, spending my summer in Singapore for my internship with the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD).

Jun 05

Hermeneutic Analysis of the 2014 Annexation of Crimea, part 2 by Dan Pechi

by tuftsigl

Today marks the last day of my stay in Moscow after an intense week of cold calls and meetings. If this project has taught me anything, it's that hard work can really pay off.

May 19

Hermeneutic Analysis of the 2014 Annexation of Crimea by Dan Pechi

by tuftsigl

I arrived in Moscow in the early hours of the 11th at our hotel not far from the center of Moscow in Chistye Prudy. Located in the Garden Ring of Moscow, we were able to easily access the city and get in touch with everyone from anti-fascist activists to representatives of Putin's United Russia Party.

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