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Brown University International Advanced Research Institutes (summer) for young faculty & practitioners from the global south


The online application process is now open through the BIARI website.
The application process for BIARI 2011 is now open and will remain open until February 11, 2011.

The Institutes are academically rigorous and admission is highly competitive. For successful applicants from the global south, full financial support is available.

Brown International Advanced Research Institutes

Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI) represents a unique professional development initiative to provide a platform for outstanding young faculty and practitioners from the global south and emerging economies to engage in a sustained, high-level intellectual and policy dialogue with leading scholars in their fields.

BIARI 2011 will comprise the following four Institutes:

1. Development and Inequality in the Global South: Research and Theory in Comparative Perspective (June 4 -18)

This Institute will promote knowledge about innovative theory, research and methodologies for studying inequality in developing countries. Particular emphasis will be placed on exploring the specific dimensions and impacts of inequality on development across regions of the global south, and developing a comparative understanding of these dynamics.

2. Towards a Critical Global Humanities: Life Forms, Languages and Sounds of the New (June 4 -18)

In today's world, power is organized to turn societies into shadows, people into ciphers and humans into strangers. Yet, in the midst of this seemingly inexorable drive, new practices and languages appear that promise to reframe and reconfigure possible alternative human futures. This year's Critical Global Humanities Institute will explore the meaning of the "human," focusing on issues of visuality/orality/digitality; the political epistemic; and the radicalization of the imagination. We will draw on the fields of performance studies, science and technology studies, cultural, art and film studies, literary, historical, philosophical and political studies.

3. Climate Change and Its Impacts: Water in a Changing Climate (June 11-25)

In this Institute we will focus on changes in the supply of and demand for water in the 21st century, due both to changes in regional climate and to human population growth and development patterns. Major themes will include predicted changes in regional hydrologic cycles; resilience of existing social, economic, civil, ecological and agricultural systems to likely changes; the potential of global and local institutions to increase the resilience of these systems; and what can be learned from one region to inform effective design of policies and water management structures in other regions. Throughout the Institute, participants will focus on developing interdisciplinary research through communication and joint development of projects

4. Global Health: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on HIV/AIDS (June 11-25)

The Institute will focus on current knowledge regarding global HIV/AIDS epidemiology, pathogenesis, prevention and treatment as well as innovative research in these areas. Emphasis will be given to a team approach to the global burden of HIV/AIDS, health inequities, sex/gender related issues, socio-behavioral dimensions, the economics of HIV access to care and the individual and population-level impact of antiretroviral therapy. The Institute will also explore the changing nature of the epidemic in both resource-rich and poor countries.

Each Institute is organized as a mix of lectures, round table discussions, group work, field trips, cultural events and social interactions. Each will be led by a team of distinguished Brown faculty, who have invited world-renowned lecturers and speakers to join and participate in the Institute's formal and informal activities. Institutes are residential, with accommodations and meals provided.

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