Workshops and Events

IAS workshops are typically one day in length and aimed at bringing together the relevant disciplinary interests to generate a coherent theme and the potential for the key academic questions that a theme will address, likely outcomes.

Below are details of our planned workshops which aim to explore cutting-edge issues in research through cross-departmental collaboration. For further details regarding each workshop, click on the title of the workshop. You will also be able to find contact details for the leader of each workshop should you wish to register your interest.

Transnational Feminist Ethics

Transnational Feminist Ethics

Date
Wednesday 1st June 2016
Location:
Michael Tippet Meeting Room in Staff House
Description
Serene Khader, the Jay Newman Chair in the Philosophy of Culture at Brooklyn College, City University of New York will discuss with a group of external and internal researchers, her next book, tentatively titled 'Transnational Feminist Ethics'.
The Global Middle East in the Age of Speed

The Global Middle East in the Age of Speed

Date
Thursday 2nd - Friday 3rd June 2016
Location:
Hornton Grange, 53 Edgbaston Park Road, Edgbaston, B15 2TT
Description
A transformative technology, automobility in its various incarnations globalized unevenly after World War One, altering a variety of social practices and inflecting the wider dynamics of production and consumption. From new roads, production lines and showrooms, to traffic jams, garages, advertisements, car accidents, joy riders, and (counter-) insurgency techniques - to name just a few phenomena - motorized vehicles and the conditions they provoked altered conceptions of time, senses of place or authenticity, and the production of space. This workshop seeks to explore a major gap in the historical literature on the Middle East and will so do not simply within the discipline of history but will draw upon expertise from Geography, African Studies, Anthropology, and Civil Engineering.
SESAME: A Bright Hope for the Middle East

SESAME: A Bright Hope for the Middle East

Date
Tuesday 7th June 2016
Location:
Physics Lecture Theatre 117
Description
SESAME (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East) is a 'third-generation' synchrotron light source under construction in Allan (Jordan). It will be the Middle East's first major international research centre. Members of SESAME are Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, the Palestinian Authority, and Turkey.In this talk Professors Llewellyn-Smith and Rabinovici will discuss the development of this inspiring and ground breaking venture.
String Theory: Objectives, Challenges and Magic

String Theory: Objectives, Challenges and Magic

Date
Tuesday 7th June 2016
Location:
Physics Lecture Theatre 117
Description
In this lecture Professor Rabinovici (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) will describe the spirit behind the quest for a simple theory of nature, the ideas which have been validated by nature and those which wait to be discovered or refuted; he will describe some of the amazing and unexpected properties which seem to have a touch of magic that have been the outcome of this research.
'The Love of Strangers: What Six Muslim Students Learned in Jane Austen's London'

'The Love of Strangers: What Six Muslim Students Learned in Jane Austen's London'

Date
Wednesday 8th June 2016
Location:
Barber Institute - Lecture Theatre (R14 on campus map)
Description
In 1815, the first Muslim students ever to study in Europe landed in Great Yarmouth. Over the next four years, they immersed themselves in Jane Austen's England as part of their mission to understand the industrial revolution taking place beyond the hedgerows of Pemberley. This richly-illustrated lecture is presented by IAS Distinguished Visiting Fellow Professor Nile Green and is based on his book 'The Love of Strangers', a New York Times Editors' Choice.

Global Challenges 2

Date
Thursday 16th June 2016
Location:
Nicolson Building - University of Birmingham
Description
This workshop will bring together colleagues from across the university to discuss themes of Health, Clean Energy, Sustainable Agriculture and Resilient Systems.
UBIAS into Impact: Networking our academics to meet global challenges

UBIAS into Impact: Networking our academics to meet global challenges

Date
Monday 20th - Thursday 23rd June 2016
Location:
Hornton Grange, 53 Edgbaston Park Road, Edgbaston, B15 2TT
Description
The University of Birmingham's Institute of Advanced Studies welcomes colleagues from across the globe to the UBIAS (University-Based Institutes for Advanced Study) Directors' Conference 'UBIAS into Impact: Networking our academics to meet global challenges'.
Patients with Passports and Globalisation: A Critical Time for Law, Ethics and Regulation

Patients with Passports and Globalisation: A Critical Time for Law, Ethics and Regulation

Date
Friday 24th June 2016
Location:
Staff House, W H Auden Room
Description
This is an academic workshop organised as part of the visit of The Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow Professor I. Glenn Cohen from Harvard Law School. The workshop will bring together participants from within and beyond Birmingham to explore critically important and very timely themes arising from patient mobility and globalization highlighted in Professor Cohen's ground breaking work. Professor Cohen will provide reflections on these issues during the afternoon.