University of Birmingham

The Institute of Advanced Studies

October 2013

Welcome back to the new academic year and especially to colleagues joining us this Autumn who will all be invited to the IAS New Staff Networking Lunch on 24th October. The event will give you the chance to find out more about our work and to learn how we can support your research, in particular cross disciplinary links. Sue Gilligan will be in touch with details and I look forward to meeting you all then.

Sue and I are just back from a conference of our global IAS network, UBIAS, at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at The University of British Columbia. A short report, including some ideas this has given us for our IAS are on the IAS website.

Thank you to everyone who has made a nomination to host an IAS Distinguished Visiting Fellow. I am pleased with the response to this first call, with strong cases coming forward from across the University. I hope to announce the outcome of the call by the end of October and look forward to receiving further names for the January deadline.

Finally you’ll see from our website that we’re launching our second theme, Saving Humans, this week so please keep an eye open for activities and ways to engage.

Malcolm Press


Saving Humans
To mark the launch of our theme, from Monday 30th September there will be a daily post on the Saving Humans Blog which will be a focal point for staff working in all areas of the University on issues which connect with human survival and flourishing. For more information and details of how to get involved go to

We are also pleased to announce the first Saving Humans projects:

  • The Kindertransports in History and Memory
  • Information and Intervention in Fragile States
  • Ethics of Health Security

Details can be found at Saving Humans Projects and Events.


Transfusion and Transformation: the Creative Potential of Interdisciplinary Knowledge Exchange
An international conference hosted by the Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University, July 15th–17th 2014

This international conference examines the creative potential of interdisciplinarity, exploring how the comparison and exchange of disciplinary approaches can offer fresh insights and spark new lines of thought, not only complementing the strengths of more focused disciplinary approaches, but also comprising an important part of the process through which all disciplines negotiate, develop and transform over time.

The call for papers will go out in early November and IAS would be pleased to meet the costs of attending this conference to give a paper or participate in a panel. If you are interested in this opportunity please contact Sue Gilligan

Full details of the conference can be found at

Upcoming and recently approved IAS Workshops

  • Consent: A capacious and contentious concept in feminist, legal, philosophical, and queer contexts. Friday 1st – Saturday 2nd November
  • Hybridity: Exploring power, social structures, and institutions beyond the liberal west. Thursday 13th March
  • Global Migration History Spring 2014
  • The Biology and Physics of Bacterial Genomes. 16th – 18th June 2014

If you’d like to propose a workshop we welcome applications at any point during the year. Please contact Sue Gilligan for guidelines.

You can view further details and who to contact to attend workshops at the IAS Workshops page.

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