BII News and Events

February 2019​

Labour in History & Economics: Migration, Markets, and the Work Environment - find out more at https://oxfordlabourconference.wordpress.com/

Curing through Questioning: Philosophy as Therapy Across Ancient Traditions and Contemporary Applications - find out more at  https://curingthroughquestioning.weebly.com/ 

​Alliance: The Humanities & Existential Risk is a podcast series that explores what the Humanities can offer to the study and mitigation of existential risks.  Existential risks are risks that could lead to human extinction or civilisational collapse, such as climate change, nuclear warfare and artificial intelligence-related disasters. The study of these risks has become a major focus of academic institutions in the past several years. Work in this area has mainly concentrated on contributions from the sciences and social sciences. The Humanities, however, have a lot to offer.  In each episode, we speak to an expert from the humanities – philosophy, literature, history and the arts – about a topic of existential risk.  To find out more, visit humanitiesxrisk.com

November 2018

Theme and amusement parks as a site of inter-disciplinary research into the construction of childhood leisure - The website is just beginning - www.studyingthemeparks.com.  We welcome blog contributions, as we’re keen to hear from people from other universities!

 

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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