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. The institutes will be held June 8-22, 2013. To learn more about the program visit our website.
BIARI 2013 will comprise the following four institutes:
35 Years of Advances in HIV/AIDS: What Has Changed for Women?
This institute will focus on current knowledge regarding HIV and women over the life course in a global context: epidemiology, pathogenesis, transmission and prevention, women-centred HIV treatment, and gender inequalities. Our emphasis will be on social aspects, including gender-based vulnerabilities and empowerment; and on most at-risk populations, such as adolescents. The institute will present state-of-the art approaches to women’s HIV prevention: discussions will emphasize a holistic approach that includes men/partners, families, and communities as key influences on HIV-infected and at-risk women. The institute will take a multidisciplinary team approach to understanding these complex issues in both resource-rich and resource-poor settings.
Population and Development: New Approaches to Enduring Global Problems
With the world’s population officially surpassing 7 billion, this institute will address the crucial and interlinked issues of population and development, particularly as they affect people in the Global South. What are the most significant population issues in the 21st century? How do population dynamics and the policies designed to address them contribute to or detract from equitable development? How can theories and methods in the social sciences contribute to understanding the relationship between population and development, and how can this scholarship contribute to better policies and programs? Participants will engage with cutting-edge theory, innovative and tested research methods, and first-rate scholarship upon which to build their own research programs.
Connections and Flows: Water, Energy and Digital Information in the Global South
Water, energy, and digital information are key resources for all societies in the 21st century, demanding a range of products, services, and infrastructure to provide secure, equitable distribution and delivery. Operating in studio format and taking an interdisciplinary approach, this institute has two main goals: first, to explore emerging concepts in engineering, design, and development through a focus on platforms, prototypes, and projects; and second, to delve into the implications of their design and development in society. Applications are welcome from young engineers and engineering faculty, as well as from engineering education policymakers and those working in agriculture, environmental studies, urban studies, or related fields.
Theatre and Civil Society
Convened by faculty from Brown’s Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, this institute will explore the role of theatre, new media, and public performance in contemporary political and social movements, with a focus on the potential of diverse art forms to advance principles of non-violence, economic and political justice, and civic debate. What is new in today’s social and political movements? What do they owe to theories, traditions, and practices of expressive freedom and participatory politics? We invite scholars from the humanities and critically engaged artists and performers working in different genres to contribute to an interdisciplinary exploration of the ways in which creative production can expand the civic imagination and conjure new understandings of public space.
The institutes are academically rigorous and admission is highly competitive. Financial support is available for international participants.
The online application process is now open through the BIARI website.
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