Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

BIARI Issues Call for Applications

January 20, 2011

Applications are now being accepted for BIARI 2011.

Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI) provide professional development by engaging young faculty and practitioners from the global south and emerging economies in intellectual and policy dialogue with leading scholars in their fields. BIARI provides its participants with opportunities to share research, grow professional networks, and develop scholarship agendas.

This coming summer, BIARI 2011 will include the following four institutes: 

• 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.

•  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. It will draw on the fields of performance studies, science and technology studies, cultural, art, and film studies, literary, historical, philosophical, and political studies.

• Climate Change and Its Impacts: Water in a Changing Climate (June 11-25) – This institute 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

• 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.

An initiative of Brown’s Office of International Affairs, BIARI is supported administratively by the Watson Institute and Watson faculty members contribute to academic leadership. 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. 

The institutes are academically rigorous and admission is highly competitive. Thanks to support from Santander Universities and Brown, all accepted participants will pay no tuition or accommodation costs. Some travel funds are also available under conditions described on BIARI's website.