This month, we welcome three IAS Vanguard Fellows to campus: Dr Alex Pöthig, Dr Lauren McCarthy, and Dr Mark Paterson. More details on their open seminars are in the Upcoming Workshops section. If you are interested in attending any of our workshops or seminars please click on the links to find out more. Information on how to propose a workshop can be found on the IAS website.
01: Dr Alexander Pöthig, Technical University of Munich
02: Dr Lauren McCarthy, University of London
03: Dr Mark Paterson, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Update from Intercontinental Academia:
Dr Irina Kuznetsova, Dr Katrien Pype and Dr Al Wilson embarked on an ‘intellectual adventure’ to the third Intercontinental Academia on Laws, Rigidity and Dynamics, part one. They considered questions such as: what are laws in nature and in a society, how far can we use analogies, what does deviations from laws mean, and how far can cultural diversity develop understandings of the meanings of laws? Read all about it here
Nile Green:
Nile Green
Congratulations to IAS Distinguished Visiting Fellow Professor Professor Nile Green (June 2016) who has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. A historian of the multiple globalizations of Islam and Muslims, Nile is Professor of History at UCLA and during the fellowship will complete a book that asks: What is global Islam and where did it come from?
Spatiality and Abortion blog:
Following our Spatiality and Abortion workshop in February, IAS Vanguard Fellow Dr Sydney Calkin is now curating a blog-carnival for Human Rights in Ireland on international and cross-disciplinary perspectives on abortion travel.
IAS Creative Fellow:
As part of her ongoing work in response to the TESS mission and launch in collaboration with Professor Bill Chaplin, IAS Creative Fellow Caroline Devine was invited to give a seminar at the Stellar Astrophysics Centre in Aarhus: Sounding Space – a site-specific approach to composition.
AHRC Health Humanities Medal:
Submissions are now open for The Arts and Humanities Research Council and Wellcome Trust, 2018 Health Humanities Medal. The Health Humanities champions the application of the arts and humanities in interdisciplinary research, education and social action to inform and transform health and social care, health, and/or wellbeing and aims to recognise and showcase the very best research, impact, and leadership from this field of study. Applications must be submitted through the Smart Survey form by 24th May 2018.
Waseda IAS Fellowships:
Waseda Institute for Advanced Study (WIAS) is recruiting for their Visiting Researcher and Visiting Scholar Programmes, which are designed to support researchers who wish to spend a certain period residence at WIAS pursuing their own research during holidays or other leave from their home institutions. Application deadline is 15th May. For further information, please visit the WIAS website and WIAS Researcher Profiles.
Durham University IAS 2019/20 Fellowships:
The Durham 2019/20 IAS Fellowship scheme is now open for applications; the deadline is 8th June. Fellows may contribute to the any of the four major projects supported by the Institute during 2019/20 and/or collaborate with other Durham scholars. Fellowships are available for a 3-month period usually between October 2019 and March 2020. 
Konstanz University UBIAS Network Fellowships:
Early career researchers from any member of the UBIAS network [including the University of Birmingham] are invited to apply for a Research Visit at the Zukunftskolleg. The aim is to engage in a research project at the University of Konstanz for up to three months, ideally in collaboration with a Zukunftskolleg fellow. No limitation is placed on the area of research and interdisciplinary study is encouraged.
Upcoming Workshops and Events
2 May

IAS Lunchtime Seminar – All welcome
Empowerment Inc.: Can corporations really ‘empower’ women, and do we even want them to?

Dr Lauren McCarthy, IAS Vanguard Fellow

Corporations love telling us to ‘ban bossy’, ‘lean in’ and ‘shine’, and women’s empowerment programmes have become the poster-child of corporate social responsibility (CSR), especially in developing countries. This seminar will explore explores the paradoxes of CSR when we examine it through the lens of gender. What is lost, and what is gained, by the establishment of Empowerment Inc.? All welcome.
10 May

Body 2.0. Embodied processes and technologies in the flows of urban capitalism

Workshop Leaders: Dr Jessica Pykett, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences and Dr. Mark Paterson, IAS Vanguard Fellow.

This workshop will explore theoretical and methodological questions of embodied and emotional experience, self-monitoring technologies and biopolitics, with particular reference to urban capitalism.
Mark Paterson
16 May

IAS Lunchtime Seminar – All welcome
Seeing, feeling, and showing bodies-in-place: on reflexivity and multi-sensory mediations

Dr Mark Paterson, IAS Vanguard Fellow

In this seminar Mark will explore how best to represent the embodied, multisensory experience of ‘bodies-in-place’ through considering ‘seeing’, ‘feeling’, and ‘showing’, considering certain technological mediations and some associated reflexive capacities of the embodied researcher. All welcome.
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17– 18 May

Understanding and Fighting Gender Inequality

Workshop Leaders: Prof Nicholas Cheeseman and Dr Jill Steans, School of Government and Society .

This workshop will see the launch of a new research theme for the Institute for Global Innovation on Gender Inequality with the formation of a global network centred at the University of Birmingham and the planning of research streams in this critical area.
1 June

Humanhood – Dance Meets Science

Workshop Leader: Professor Bill Chaplin, School of Physics and Astronomy.

This workshop will explore the creative opportunities and challenges that arise in collaborations between those in the artistic and scientific domains, how ‘science can inform art’ and the arguably more tricky direction of how ‘art informs science’. It will also include some choreographic sequences performed by the dance company Humanhood which integrate concepts from physics and astronomy.
Mark Ryan
6 June

(Dis)Connect: Privacy in a Digital Age

Workshop Leader: Professor Mark Ryan, School of Computer Science

In an informational age, privacy is becoming an increasingly important and divisive issue. Yet privacy remains an ill-defined term, with disconnections between its many technological, socio-political and cultural issues and contexts. In light of the rapidly changing landscape of digital technologies, this workshop will seek a deeper understanding of privacy as a concept.
21 June

Adversities, Trauma and Resilience in Periods of Transition

Workshop Leader: Dr Janine Natalya Clark, Birmingham Law School

‘Periods of transition’ has been broadly defined to cover: societies who are in transition from conflict to peace; communities who are in transition after natural disasters; and individuals who are in transition after having experienced trauma. This workshop aims to foster an inter-disciplinary discussion on the concept of resilience and its meaning in these different contexts
27–28 August

Brain stimulation and its applications to memory: best practice

Workshop Leaders: Prof Kim Shapiro and Dr Sara Assecondi, School of Psychology

Brain stimulators are safe, internet enabled for both stimulation and transfer of data, inexpensive and easy to use. However, despite the vast literature on brain stimulation, the field is still in its infancy and there is still little consensus on the best protocols. This workshop will bring UK and international experts together with UoB researchers and NHS practitioners to overcome the current difficulties in this rapidly developing field.
Greg Salter

Representing Home: Art, Visual Culture, and the Interdisciplinary Study of Home

Workshop Leader: Dr Greg Salter, School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music

As debates around home continue to feel distinctly vital, this workshop will bring together researchers working on questions of home across a range of disciplines to explore and exchange ideas on how art and visual culture might be a focus for interdisciplinary work in this area.
Spring 2019

Prof Jonathan Reinarz, (Institute of Applied Health Research) will be organising an IAS workshop in Spring 2019: Anonymity: Past, Present and Futures unknown.

This workshop will explore how one lives in a world without anonymity. After all, Google knows everything! It will also explore how and why some people have in the past lived anonymously and others try to continue to do so today.

Jonathan is keen to hear from researchers from all disciplines who would like to explore this defining feature of twenty-first century culture – if your research connects with this theme, please contact Jonathan.
Institute of Advanced Studies Funding Programmes
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IAS Workshops
Distinguished Visiting Fellows Programme
IAS Vanguard Fellowship programme
Research Investment Scheme
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