BII News and Events

17 August 2016

The BII is pleased to announce that the Detecting Supernovae in Tree Ring Radiocarbon Records project has just been covered by The Guardian!  This interdiscplinary research project explored the innovative application of radio-carbon dating of tree rings to identify ancient supernovae in order to determine more precise dates fo key historical events.  The article, published on 17 August 2016, is available on their website here, and includes some of the latest project findings.  

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15 June 2016

The Digititising Correspondence project will be holding a conference on Tuesday 21 June from 2.30-4.30pm at the Weston Library and Wolfson College, Oxford.   This conference focuses on how we engage with handwritten letters in the digital age.  The conference explores the potential for collaboration between academics, librarians, technicians, editors, and publishers for the creation of mutual frameworks within which to use the digital as a means to supplement the analogue.   Daytime activities at the Weston Library will include an opening lecture on editing letters by Christopher Ricks (Co-director, Boston University Editorial Institute), a panel discussion with the leaders of pioneering digital editing projects (Electronic Enlightenment, Darwin Correspondence Project, and Cultures of Knowledge), a demonstration of the process of digitizing letters by Miranda Lewis (Digital Editor, Early Modern Letters Online), a visual tour of correspondence in the Bodleian collections led by Special Collections curators, and a panel on publishing with representatives from Oxford University Press andBlackwell’s.

For the full programme and instructions on registration options, please visit the conference website here.

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14 June 2016

The BII is pleased to announce that four new research projects have recently been awarded funding, representing a broad range of interdisciplinary collaboration within Balliol College, and across Oxford. These new research programmes include:

•    Improving Understanding of Respiratory Illness in China

•    Reimagining the Archetypal Heroine

The next application cycle will be in Michaelmas 2016.  Prospective applicants are welcome to get in touch with the BII Research Coordinator, Rami Amin, at  bii@balliol.ox.ac.uk throughout the vacation period to discuss research proposals, or to learn more about how the BII can support your interdiscplinary research in Oxford. 

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15 April 2016

The BII is pleased to announce that the New Optical Collator Design project has successfully developed a working prototype of their model, and will be showcasing it to the public on Friday 10 June from 2.30-4.30pm at the Balliol Historic Collections Centre in St. Cross Church, Oxford.   This project is an interdiscplinary collaboration between scholars from across Physics, Engineering Science, and the English Faculties, coming together to develop a digital system for the collation of early modern printed texts.  At the seminar, Dr. Christopher Palmer and his collaborators will demonstrate their prototype and software, describe the work in progress, and discuss the challenges of collating early modern texts.  The session will end with afternoon tea.  

Anyone interested is welcome to attend, but must first book with Julia Smith (julia.smith@ell.ox.ac.uk) as space is limited.  Attendees are also welcome to bring paired sample images in TIFF or JPEG format of printed texts they would like to trial using software that will be showcased at the event.

(Please note this venue does have wheelchair access via the north door).

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18 March 2016

The BII is pleased to announce that four new research projects have recently been awarded funding, representing a broad range of interdisciplinary collaboration within Balliol College, and across Oxford. These new research programmes include:

•    Civil Society Observatory
•    Digitising Correspondence
•    Old Norse Poetry in Performance
•    Sharing Space in the Early Modern World

Furthermore, the BII is now accepting research proposals for Trinity 2016 - more information about the application process is available here.   The application can be downloaded from the website, and should be sent or pidged to the BII Research Coordinator, Rami Amin, at  bii@balliol.ox.ac.uk by no later than 5pm Friday of 5th Wk (27th May 2016).

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22 January 2016

The BII is pleased to announce that four new research projects have recently been awarded funding, representing a broad range of interdisciplinary collaboration within Balliol College, and across Oxford. These new research programmes include:

•    A Systems Approach to Management Studies
•    Connected Life 2016: The Internet for Change
•    Constitutions Under Stress
•    Gender and Authority

Furthermore, the BII is now accepting research proposals for Hilary 2016 - more information about the application process is available here.   The application can be downloaded from the website, and should be sent or pidged to the BII Research Coordinator, Rami Amin, at  bii@balliol.ox.ac.uk by no later than 5pm Friday of 5th Wk, 19th Feb 2016.

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8 January 2016

The BII is pleased to announce that Professor Timothy Endicott  has been elected to the Balliol Research Committee, which overseas the activities of the Institute.  Professor Endicott is a Fellow in Law at Balliol College, and has been a Professor of Legal Philosophy since 2006.  In addition to teaching and research, Professor Endicott also served as Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford from 2006-2015.  Professor Endicott’s election augments the interdisciplinary breadth of the Research Committee, with his research interests in Jurisprudence and Constitutional and Administrative Law, as well as law and language and interpretation.  

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30 October 2015

The BII is now accepting research proposals for funding in the Michaelmas application cycle.  The application can be downloaded from the website, and should be sent or pidged to the BII Research Coordinator, Rami Amin, at  bii@balliol.ox.ac.uk by no later than 5pm Friday of 7th Wk, 27th Nov 2015.
 
Further, after receiving a number of inquiries about putting together a successful research proposal, we’ve decided to hold two drop-in information/Q&A sessions to answer individual questions about the application process, and provide advice for developing a robust interdisciplinary research project. All fellows, lecturers, and graduate students are welcome to stop by at any time during these sessions, which will be held in the Bajpai Room at Balliol College/Broad St at the following times in 4th Week:
 
  • Weds 4th Nov from 17:00-19:00
  • Thurs 5th Nov from 17:00-19:00

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20 August 2015

The Architectural Representation project will be meeting for a workshop at TORCH on 8 September to discuss the contents of an upcoming special issue of Leeds Studies in English. Contributors will give short presentations about their submissions to the journal, which will be followed by discussion intended to foster interdisciplinary approaches within each submission and to highlight points of contact between them. Topics to be covered will include: the symbolism and representation of ecclesiastical architecture (real and literary), architectural representation in the Codex Amiantinus, the life-cycle of Anglo-Saxon buildings, architectural metaphor in early Middle English Body and Soul poetry, and the representation of doors and doorways in early medieval literature and art, and architecture as authoritative reader in Old English apocalyptic literature. We would welcome input from interested parties who are not currently members of the research group. Due to restrictions on space we ask that you contact hannah.bailey@ell.ox.ac.uk in advance if you wish to attend.

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14 July 2015

The BII is pleased to announce that Emily Holman, a DPhil student in the English Faculty and member of Balliol College, has just been awarded a BII research grant for her team’s research project entitled Books, Minds, and Bodies, with a mission to investigate links between fiction-reading and mental health. Researchers from the cognitive, medical, and neurosciences, and from anthropology, literary studies, and psychiatry will join with members of the public to share the experience of reading aloud and discussing a novel in order to explore the therapeutic benefits of reading fiction. Data collected from the reading group will be analysed and built upon by the Co-Is and other colleagues in research seminars and workshops, with the aim of advancing interdisciplinary research and furthering knowledge exchange between academia and the charity and public health sectors.
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10 June 2015

The Inheritance and Cooperation project will be hosting a 2-day conference at Balliol College on the philosophy of biology.  The event will be held from 25th-26th June 2015 in LR23 at Balliol.  Attendance is free, but participants must register to attend the events.  A limited number of student bursaries are available. For all info contact ellen.clarke@all-souls.ox.ac.uk
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20 March 2015

The BII is pleased to announce that Dr. David Clifton, a Fellow of Balliol College and Associate Director for the Oxford Centre for Affordable Healthcare Technologies, has just been awarded a BII research grant for his team’s research initiative entitled Machine Learning and Healthcare.  This project will organize a conference in September 2015 hosted at Balliol College inviting world-leading researchers in the development of “big data” machine learning technologies for use in healthcare.  The project includes a secured book contract, with support from the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET).
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22 January 2015

The BII is pleased to announce that six new research projects have been awarded funding in the Michaelmas 2014 application period, representing a broad range of interdisciplinary collaboration within Balliol College, and across Oxford. These new research programmes include:

•    Architectural Representation in Early Medieval England c.650-1350
This project will bring together researchers from literature, history, archaeology, art history, and theology to discuss the various ways in which construction and design were conceived of, lived with and imbued with significance in England in the period c. 650–1350.

•    Connected Life 2015: A Multidisciplinary Conference for Emerging Internet Research
Connected Life is a conference welcoming academics and researchers at all stages of their career interested in the multidisciplinary field of internet research.

•    Digitising and Disseminating Early Scottish Books (to 1700): Meeting II
Focusing on seminal early Scottish works of literature, history, theology, philosophy, and classics, this project will organize a symposium to create a digitisation programme in collaboration with the libraries which house these texts to make them accessible to international scholars online.

•    Inheritance and Cooperation
This project brings together philosophers and biologists to explore how new work on heritability might act as a central organising principle for understanding major transitions and the evolution of cooperation.

•    New Design of Optical Collator
The investigators aim to develop a hybrid optical/digital portable collator using real-time image analysis techniques for use with early modern printed texts.

•    Planetary Response Network: Humanitarian and Crisis Response From the Crowd
The investigators aim to facilitate a series of interdisciplinary meetings of policy and decision-makers, astrophysicists, computer scientists, and developers to provide a critical connection with the Planetary Response Network, a Zooniverse project designed to harness the power of the crowd for analysis of satellite data during and after humanitarian crises.

The BII is now accepting research proposals for the Hilary Term application period.
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7 November 2014

The BII is pleased to announce an introductory event and drinks reception Monday 10 November from 8-9pm in the MCR at Holywell Manor on Manor Road. The event will commence with a brief introduction to the Institute, and a few words from the former Master of Balliol College, Andrew Graham, regarding the mission of the BII. This will be followed by short 5min presentations by some current lead investigators who will discuss their own BII projects (and you’ll even get to try on Google glasses!):

  • Benjamin Pope: Detecting Supernovae
  • Ulrike Rauer and Elizabeth Dubois:  Connected Life
  • James Williams and Joshua Melville: Data Experience Lab

There will be plenty of wine, cheese, and chocolates to mingle over during the event, hopefully sparking new ideas for research synergy between members across diverse subjects. All members of College and the University are welcome to attend.

If you are unable to attend and/or would like more information about the BII and putting together an application, please contact Rami Amin at <bii@balliol.ox.ac.uk>
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1 August 2014

1The BII is pleased to announce that the Duty of Care in Finance Project -  which brought together a group of philosophers, lawyers, historians and economists in Oxford to discuss the behavioural aspects of the problems which persist in the financial services industry – has just published a book through Oxford University Press entitled Capital Failure: Rebuilding Trust in Financial Services.  This was edited by Nicholas Morris and David Vines. Developing the insights gained from the seminars held at Balliol in 2012 and 2013, the investigators argue that a loss of trust was a central cause of the Global Financial Crisis, and demonstrate what is required to repair this loss of trust in the financial system. 
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