The Working Group on Globalization and Culture began more than a decade ago in an effort to restore to cultural studies not so much the themes or theories of the Birmingham model, but its forms of collective work, trying to break out of the research frameworks of the academic department and the graduate program. Coming out of several different disciplines and inter-disciplines – American Studies, history, anthropology, environmental design, literary criticism, ethnic studies, African-American studies, music, film studies, and political science – we have tried to establish a cultural studies laboratory exploring keywords in contemporary culture and their resonance in social movements: debt, occupation, information, climate, and currents, presenting our work at conferences and in publications.