Salzburg Global Fellow Updates - February 2016




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Mar 07, 2016
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Salzburg Global Fellow Updates - February 2016

Compilation of our Fellows' recent achievements and landmarks

Have you got some news - a new book, a promotion, a call for grant proposals - that you'd like to share with the Salzburg Global Fellowship? Email Salzburg Global Seminar Fellowship Manager Jan Heinecke.

Shahidul Alam is a Fellow of Session 561 | Beyond Green: The Arts as a Catalyst for Sustainability. Alam is putting on an art exhibit in London called ”Kalpana’s Warriors” which features a combination of poetry, performance and laser burn art to promote knowledge and discussion about an indigenous woman of the Chittagong Hill Tracts who spoke out against military occupation and was abducted on June 12, 1996.  The exhibit was being shown in New Delhi from January to March but will be coming to London between 21st April and the third week of June.

You can read more about the exhibit here and view pictures from the exhibit and other photography by Alam on his Instagram and Flickr.

Teresita Escotto-Quesada, Fellow of Session 549 | Youth, Economics and Violence: Implications for Future Conflict, has carried out two studies for the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. The first study regards the experience of Central American countries within governments, NGOs and the international community in addressing the issue of youth violence.

This study can be read here.

The second study takes an analytical approach looking at specific public policies aimed at addressing youth violence in the sub-region.

You can read the study here.

Popo Fan, a Fellow of Session 551 | Global LGBT Forum - Strengthening Communities: LGBT Rights & Social Cohesion, has been nominated as an LGBT activist making positive change in communities around the world in a Guardian Witness assignment.  Fan was nominated by Matthew Barren as a #LGBTChange hero and was described as “a monk of cinema, a one-man crew who carts everything around in a backpack.”

The Guardian’s list of nominees can be found here.

A book review has also been published for the book "Queer/Tongzhi China: New Perspectives on Research, Activism and Media Cultures by Elisabeth L. Engebretsen and William F. Schroeder." The book is a volume of essays that explores queer activist communities in China, traversing such themes as media representation, queer filmmaking and film festivals and autoethnographic methodologies. Fan contributed chapters about strategies used by community activists to put on queer film festivals in contrast to festivals that are a given in other global cities.

The book review can be read here.

Two Fellows of Session 547 | The Neuroscience of Art: What are the Sources of Creativity and Innovation?, Rebecca Kamen and Stephen Folwer, collaborated on two art installations at Kamen’s exhibit “Continuum”. The NeuroCantos installation represents neural pathways and the firings of electrical and chemical impulses in the brain and the sound component was made in collaboration with Folwer who she met at the Session.

You can read more about the exhibit here.

Another Fellow from this session, Shodekeh Talifero, has been invited to serve as one of the Science and Art Jurors for the 2016 edition of the "Research Remix", held by the Digital Media Center of Johns Hopkins University. Research Remix is an interdisciplinary program organized by the DMC and funded by an Arts Innovation grant from JHU. Student and faculty researchers from JHU have submitted abstracts and research details to share with local artists and designers in and around Baltimore.

Find out more about Research Remix here.

Harry Ballan, a Fellow of both Session 547 and Session 542 | Early Childhood Development & Education, has appeared on the EVOLVER Show podcast with Erin Sharoni to talk about music’s relation to healing. Ballan went into detail about the effects of music on the brain and body and its role in healing PTSD and used science and logic to discuss the intangible concepts of emotion and healing. Ballan is the director of the Institute for Music & Neurologic Function.

You can listen to the podcast here or on iTunes here.

Olexiy Haran is a Fellow of Session 543 |1814, 1914, 2014: Lessons from the Past, Visions for the Future and has co-written an article for The Wilson Quarterly with Petro Burkovskyi entitled “Will US-Ukraine Relations Survive the Obama Years?” The article looks at America’s relationship with Ukraine in times of oncoming crisis and during crisis and its effect on a geo-political scale.

You can read the full article here.

Georgi Kamov, a Fellow of Session 534 | Mind the Gap! Innovating for Regional Cohesion and Smart Growth, has written an article on Medium entitled “The EU should stop seeking refuge from the refugee crisis”. In the article he compares the pictures and scenes he has seen from the Idomeni refugee camp to the anime Ghost In the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG and uses this comparison to discuss the attitude, motivation and capabilities of the European Union to act in a critical situation.

Read the article on Medium here.

Yinhe Li, a Fellow of Session 506 | LGBT and Human Rights: New Challenges, Next Steps, has been featured in an article by the BBC on the high speed sexual revolution happening in China. Li is the country’s first female sexologist and the article goes into detail about China’s history with laws on writing about sex, pornography and sex before marriage laws as well as Li’s history and influential work she has published in the country.

The article can be found on the BBC website here.

Kiyotaka Morita is a Fellow of Session 533 | New Dynamics in Global Trade Architecture: WTO, G20 and Regional Trade Agreements. He has contributed an article to the book Contemporary Issues in Environmental Law, the EU and Japan (Springer 2016). Morita’s article is entitled “Policies Towards Tackling Climate Change and Their Compatibility with the WTO” and examines the issues of the WTO regulations compatibility with domestic measures to reduce climate change from the perspective of WTO jurisprudence.

The book can be purchased here.