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History of the Transcultural Conflict and Violence Initiative

To celebrate the start of Georgia State University’s second century, the university set a campus-wide goal of adding100 faculty between 2010 and 2015. The primary goal of the second century initiative (2CI) is to build nationally and/or internationally recognized strength and critical mass around common research themes to enhance Georgia State University’s overall quality, interdisciplinary richness, and competitiveness. The expected outcome of 2CI is the acceleration of collaborative faculty research to support the expansion of new knowledge, scholarship and research activities. The initiative is also intended to increase our level of competitive, federally funded research and to elevate GSU’s overall recognition for excellence in research.

To determine what areas of faculty expertise should be the focus of the investment, Georgia State’s administration held a campus-wide competition. Criteria for selection for funding included the significance of the research problem, the quality of existing faculty at Georgia State University, and the opportunities for building strong interdisciplinary teams of researchers. In the second round of competition, the Departments of Communication, Computer Science, English, and Religious Studies, as well as the Middle East Institute submitted a proposal on Transcultural Conflict and Violence that was selected for funding to jumpstart research in the area.