Topic of the Year

Each year UBIAS member institutes agree on a ‘Topic of the Year’ (ToY), a topic of global importance that is explored through different activities and formats. The 2019 Topic of the Year is 'Migrations'. The previous ToYs were: 2018 - 'Aging - Life, Culture, Civilizations'; 2017 - ‘Fear’;  2016 - ‘Media and Data Control’.

Read a description of the 2019 ToY 'Migrations' and engage in it!

The ToY events are managed and organized by the UBIAS member institutes themselves. In the list below, the forthcoming 2019 ToY activities will be announced, and the past ToY events can be found. For UBIAS members to announce ToY events below, please send an email to Richard Meckien at rkmeckien@usp.br.

Forthcoming TOPIC OF THE YEAR EVENTS
2019: MIGRATIONS

Transdisciplinary Meeting ON IMMIGRANT LITERATURE

Immigrant Literature is the theme of the Transdisciplinary Meeting that will put together Professor Cristina Cheveresan, from the West University of Timisoara, Romania, and Professor Elcio Loureiro Cornelsen, from UFMG's School of Letters, on March 25, from 2:00 pm.

Professor Cheveresan will bring experiences of two acknowledged American writers of Latino origin, Julia Alvarez (Dominican) and Cristina Garcia (Cuban), highlighting the nuanced ways in which they perceive and fictionalize the processes of transnational identity formation and cultural negotiation, triggered by the diasporic experience and dislocation caused by the notorious Trujillo and Castro regimes.

Professor Cornelsen’s presentation will focus on the novel "The Idiot of the 21st Century: a Divan" (original title: Der Idiot des 21. Jahrhunderts: Ein Divan) by German writer Michael Kleeberg, published in 2018. Special attention will be given to the chapter “Gottfried and Amir”, in which the title characters - a nineteenth-century German immigrant and a twenty-first-century Syrian refugee, in an unusual scene, talk about their traumatic experiences of immigration, escape and exile.
25 March 2019, UFMG's Institute of Advanced Transdisciplinary Studies, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Official release on the event
More information on IEAT's website

EUROPE AND THE WORLD OF BORDERS

Thinking about the world of borders, and Europe's position and impact is one of the great scientific, cultural and political challenges of the present day. At the 2019 ZiF Conference, designated representatives of science, culture and politics will discuss political and state boundaries, cultural and artistic boundaries, as well as societal processes of delimitation and dissolution.
11 April 2019, Center for Interdisciplinary Research, Bielefeld University
Further information about the event (in German)

PAST TOPIC OF THE YEAR EVENTS
2018: AGING - LIFE, CULTURE, CIVILIZATIONS

SPECIAL JOUR FIXE: AGEING – LIFE, CULTURES, CIVILIZATIONS

The Zukunftskolleg engages in the UBIAS’ Topic of the Year 2018. “Age”, can be addressed and analyzed in a broad context and from many disciplinary perspectives. The ways in which we view and interpret signs of aging as well as the age segmentation of the human life span (e.g. when are we considered old?) have changed through history and are subject to major cultural differences. These and many aspects of “Ageing” will be discussed in a Special Jour Fixe Series.
11 & 18 December 2018, 8 January 2019, Zukunftskolleg, University of Konstanz
Further information about the event

TECHNOLOGY, COGNITION AND DEMENTIA – LIESEL BECKMANN SYMPOSIUM 2018

Organization: TUM-IAS Focus Group Modern Technology to Support Cognitive and Mental Health.
12 December 2018, Institute for Advanced Study, Technische Universität München, Germany
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AGING – LIFE, CULTURE, CIVILIZATION

This event is co-organized by Waseda Institute for Advanced Study (WIAS), Waseda University and Institute for Advanced Research (IAR), Nagoya University. Prof. Glenda Roberts of Waseda University will give a keynote presentation “Challenges for Aging Societies in the 21st Century”followed by various presentations from the viewpoints of Natural and Social Sciences and Humanities.
12 October 2018, Waseda Institute for Advanced Study (WIAS,) Tokyo, Japan
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IMAGES OF LIFE AND DEATH IS THEME OF TRANSDISCIPLINAR MEETING

A dialogue that will propose some matrices to develop: the drive of life and death; the here and now; childhood; anarchist drive; poetry; vitality and risk; the inheritance of time; Jungian archetypes and tarot images; unsustainable death; the figure of Antigone; profiles of dead and alive in social networks; the assembly.
11 June 2018, UFMG's Institute of Advanced Transdisciplinary Studies, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
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Resilience in human ageing

Interdisciplinary think tank organised as part of the research theme “Health Systems Complexity”. In this event a diverse group of researchers will focus on dynamic multi-system resilience in human ageing looking at it through the lens of complex adaptive systems.
11 April 2018, UvA Institute for Advanced Study, Amsterdam
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Neuro-handwriting analysis: Where the medieval and the 21st Century Collide

This multi-disciplinary talk combines historical and digital approaches, investigating clues about age-related neurological diseases and disorders in medieval handwriting. Electronic engineers Professor Stephen Smith and Dr Márjory Da Costa-Abreu join palaeographer Dr Deborah Thorpe to digitally-excavate the lost dynamic features of writing in static samples of medieval writing.
18 January 2018, The Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
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PAST TOPIC OF THE YEAR EVENTS

2017: FEAR

Read about the 2017  ‘Fear’ Topic of the Year
"FEAR AND THE DIONYSIAC". AIAS FRIDAY TALK

Joint lecture by fellows Isabelle Torrance and Jessica Wiskus.
28 April 2017, AIAS, Denmark
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The economics of fear: applications from the literature on the economics of terror

Lunch lecture with Prof. Dr. Günther G. Schulze (University of Freiburg, Economics)
4 May 2017, FRIAS, Germany
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FEAR IN A POST-FACTUAL WORLD: PANEL DISCUSSION

Panel organized by fellow Armin W. Geertz featuring brief talks by political scientists, philosophers, and media scholars who will explore fear in a post-factual world.
15 May 2017, AIAS, Denmark
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Pleasure and fear at the movies

Lunch lecture with Prof. Dr. Barbara Mennel (University of Florida, Film Studies)
18 May 2017, FRIAS, Germany
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LANDSCAPE OF FEAR: A BRIDGE ACROSS DISCIPLINES?

Lunch lecture with Dr. Luca Corlatti (University of Freiburg, Wildlife Ecology) and Dr. Mario De Cristofaro
1 June, FRIAS, Germany
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THE FINAL COUNTDOWN: MAPPING APOCALYPTIC THOUGHT IN THE EARLY MIDDLE AGES

Lunch lecture with Prof. Dr. Immo Warntjes (Trinity College Dublin, History)
22 June 2017, FRIAS, Germany
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ANXIETY DISORDERS: FROM BASIC RESEARCH TO PSYCHOTHERAPY

Lunch lecture with Prof. Dr. Brunna Tuschen-Caffier (University of Freiburg, Psychology)
29 June 2017, FRIAS, Germany
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FEAR: THE HIDDEN DRIVER OF MODERN POLITICAL THINKING

Lunch lecture with Prof. Dr. Martin Loughlin (London School of Economics, Law)
6 July 2017, FRIAS, Germany
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THE EPIGENETICS OF FEAR

Lunch lecture with Prof. Dr. Dr. Katharina Domschke (University of Freiburg, Psychiatry)
13 July 2017, FRIAS, Germany
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GOVERNING FEAR: RESILIENCE AS ANTIDOTE TO A CATASTROPHIC FUTURE

Lunch lecture with Prof. Dr. Stefan Kaufmann (University of Freiburg, Sociology)
20 July 2017, FRIAS, Germany
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OVERCOMING FEAR OF FAILURE

Open Talk within Free Discussion Salon with Nobel Prize Laureate, Professor Ryoji Noyori.
30 October 2017, Nagoya Institute for Advanced Research, Japan
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CONFERENCE ON "FEAR: BRAIN, BEHAVIOUR, SOCIETY"

Two-day international multidisciplinary conference organized by the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies, Denmark. Leading international researchers from a variety of fields will present newest knowledge on fear at 5 multidisciplinary sessions, each incorporating contributions from several fields. Open to all by prior registration.
4-5 December 2017, AIAS, Denmark
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PAST TOPIC OF THE YEAR EVENTS
2016: MEDIA AND DATA CONTROL

"Die Skandalgesellschaft. Vom Ende der Kontrolle im digitalen Zeitalter"
Lecture by Bernhard Pörksen 
12.01.2017, Freiburg
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"What’s new in networks? – Building bridges between computational, mathematical and statistical network analysis."

International Workshop organized by Prof. Dr. Francesca Biagini as part of the Research Focus “Quantitative Network Sciences”
05.10.2016 – 07.10.2016, Munich
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"Data Control in the 21st Century"

Lecture by Peter Schaar (former Federal Data Protection Commissioner)
05.07.2016, Freiburg
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Message to the UBIAS MEMBERS

To send information concerning your ToY events please send an email to Richard Meckien at rkmeckien@usp.br.

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