Institutes

Institutes

35 Years of Advances in HIV/AIDS 2013:

This institute focused on current knowledge regarding HIV and women over the life course in a global context: epidemiology, pathogenesis, transmission and prevention, women-centered HIV treatment, and gender inequalities. Our emphasis was on social aspects, including gender-based vulnerabilities...

Theater and Civil Society 2013

Convened by faculty from Brown’s Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, this institute explored the role of theater, 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-...

Population and Development 2013:

With the world’s population officially surpassing seven billion, this institute addressed 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...

Connections and Flows 2013:

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...

Global Health and HIV/AIDS 2012:

This Institute focused on current knowledge regarding global HIV/AIDS epidemiology, pathogenesis, prevention and treatment, and social context, with a special emphasis on the current debate about treatment for prevention, and a focus on underserved populations. Areas of examination were women,...

Theater and Civil Society 2012:

Convened by faculty from Brown University’s Department of Theater, Speech and Dance, this Institute explored the role of theater and new media in political and social movements, with a focus on the potential of diverse art forms to advance principles of non-violence and civic debate. The...

Population and Development 2012:

In the year when the world’s population passed seven billion, this Institute addressed the crucial and interlinked issues of population and development, particularly as they affect people in the global South. Participants engaged with cutting-edge theory, tested and innovative research methods,...

Climate Change and Its Impacts 2012:

To understand and predict the interacting effects of increased greenhouse gas concentrations, climate and economic teleconnections, and regional scale changes in economic development and land use, interdisciplinary approaches are vital. This Institute brought together scholars from social,...

Development and Inequality in the Global South 2011:

This Institute promoted knowledge about innovative theory, research and methodologies for studying inequality in developing countries. Particular emphasis was placed on exploring the specific dimensions and impacts of inequality on development across regions of the global south, and developing a...

Critical Global Humanities 2011:

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...

Climate Change and Its Impacts 2011:

In this Institute we focused 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 included predicted changes in regional hydrologic cycles; resilience of existing social...

Global Health 2011:

The Institute focused on current knowledge regarding global HIV/AIDS epidemiology, pathogenesis, prevention and treatment as well as innovative research in these areas. Emphasis was given to a team approach to the global burden of HIV/AIDS, health inequities, sex/ gender related issues, socio-...

Development and Inequality in the Global South 2010

This Institute promoted knowledge about innovative research and methodologies for studying inequality in developing countries. Particular emphasis was placed on exploring the specific dimensions and impacts of inequality on development across regions of the global south, and developing a...

Towards a Critical Global Humanities 2010

This Institute focused broadly on rethinking conceptual foundations in the humanities, and critically interrogating received philosophical traditions, as well as investigating specific subject areas. Themes covered include: Thinking about the political; creative entanglements between the...

Climate Change and Its Impacts 2010:

This Institute focused on changes in the amount and variability of precipitation that will occur globally in coming decades. Major themes included regional variations in changes to the hydrologic cycle; resilience of existing social, economic, ecological, and agricultural systems to likely...

Technology Entrepreneurship and Management 2010:

This Institute focused on the scholarly field of entrepreneurship and its potential application to business and academic contexts in the developing world, focusing on technology entrepreneurship and its intersection with both technology innovation and development economics.

Towards a Global Humanities 2009:

This Institute focused on critical intellectual traditions from the Global South. Discussion and debate were configured around four main thematic clusters:  

1) History , Democracy and the Politics of Memory;

2) Theorizing Violence: Contested...

Development and Inequality in the Global South 2009

This Institute focused on cutting-edge research and innovative methodologies used to explore, quantify and account for inequality, and promote new thinking about development.

Law, Social Thought and Global Governance 2009

This Institute examined specific areas of law (international economic law; labor; property and land reform; human rights; etc.) from a critical perspective, as well as explored new approaches to institutional and regulatory structures at the global level.

Technology Entrepreneurship and Management 2009

This Institute focused on the scholarly field of entrepreneurship and its potential application to business and academic contexts in the developing world, focusing on technology entrepreneurship and its intersection with 1) technology innovation and 2) development economics.