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The Fields of the Future Institute (FFI) is a think-tank within BGC that supports next generation scholarship in decorative arts, design history, material culture. It explores what our intellectual landscape could look like a generation from now by posing new questions and suggesting new ways to answer old questions, and by bringing new voices into the scholarly conversation. It especially focuses on those not yet in graduate training and seeks to build the recognition that whether or not they continue in scholarship, research also provides tools for citizenship and effective participation in the global knowledge economy.