Society

Society

FSI researchers work to understand continuity and change in societies as they confront their problems and opportunities. This includes the implications of migration and human trafficking. What happens to a society when young girls exit the sex trade? How do groups moving between locations impact societies, economies, self-identity and citizenship? What are the ethnic challenges faced by an increasingly diverse European Union? From a policy perspective, scholars also work to investigate the consequences of security-related measures for society and its values.

The Europe Center reflects much of FSI’s agenda of investigating societies, serving as a forum for experts to research the cultures, religions and people of Europe. The Center sponsors several seminars and lectures, as well as visiting scholars.

Societal research also addresses issues of demography and aging, such as the social and economic challenges of providing health care for an aging population. How do older adults make decisions, and what societal tools need to be in place to ensure the resulting decisions are well-informed? FSI regularly brings in international scholars to look at these issues. They discuss how adults care for their older parents in rural China as well as the economic aspects of aging populations in China and India.

Scholarly Publications

Making gender diversity work for scientific discovery and innovation

September 2018

Gender diversity has the potential to drive scientific discovery and innovation.

Projecting Nature: Agostino Scilla’s Seventeenth-Century Fossil Drawings

August 2018

In 1670 the Sicilian painter Agostino Scilla (1629–1700) devised an entirely new way of depicting fossils when he wrote and illustrated his Vain Speculation Undeceived by Sense (1670–1671), which...

‘The Pope’s own hand outstretched’: Holy See diplomacy as a hybrid mode of diplomatic agency

May 2018

The unconventional nature of Holy See diplomats rests in the composite character of their ecclesiastical role as the Pope’s representatives and their legal diplomatic status and commencement to...

Other Publications

The Papal Human Rights Discourse: The Difference Pope Francis Makes

February 2019

Religious actors and their political concepts are commonly assumed to be conservative, static, and aligned with the private contemplative world.

Beyond Engaged Literature: Samir El-Youssef's The Illusion of Return

December 2017

A feature of contemporary politics is the tendency to focus primarily onnarratives , as if the story lines were more important than the events.

“BRAAAM!”: The Sound that Invaded the Hollywood Soundtrack

December 2017

How Inception changed the way we listen to movies.

News

Featured Faculty Research: Dan Edelstein

January 2018

Dan Edelstein earned his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and came to Stanford in 2004. He is William H.

Events

Global Populisms and their International Diffusion (2-day conference)

February 15, 2019

Open to Stanford faculty, students, staff and visting scholars.This conference aims to examine the international aspects of the rise of populism across the globe: the role of international...

(Dis)figuring War: Literature and the Arts, 1918-2018 (Day 2)

November 8, 2018

At 11am on November 11, 1918, the armistice that effectively ended the First World War was signed.

Arts de gouverner, arts de raconter: Vers une histoire des fictions politiques (Political Fictions Then and Now)

October 31, 2018

RSVP required by email to biancast@stanford.edu This lecture is part of the French and Italian Department's Distiguised Lecture Series and will be conducted in French.Co-sponsored by the Department...

Projects

European Public Finance

Modern European states have significant responsibilities to their populace, including ensuring that citizens’ basic needs are met and the provision of security, law and order, and other public...
English

Austrian and Central European Program

The Europe Center's Austrian and Central European Program seeks to advance relations between the United States and Austria and Central Europe.
English

People

Condoleezza Rice Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Political Science, Professor, Management, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Portrait of Karl Eikenberry Karl Eikenberry Professor of the Practice Shorenstein APARC Fellow, Affiliate, CISAC, Affiliate, CDDRL, Affiliate, TEC
Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
Norman M. Naimark Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, History, Professor, by courtesy, German Studies, Senior Fellow, the Hoover Institution
Russell A. Berman Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Comparative Literature, Professor, German Studies, Senior Fellow, the Hoover Institution
Timothy E. Josling Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Food Research Institute, Emeritus, 1940-2018
Richard Saller Professor, Classics and History
James J. Sheehan Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, History, Emeritus
Robert Harrison Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, French and Italian
Roland Hsu Affiliate