The 2011-2012 SIAS Summer Institute explores the complex nature of global markets, fragmented political sovereignty, persisting economic inequality and the increasingly precarious role of law in today's global era through a host of disciplinary and theoretical lenses.
Under the heading "Regulating the World Society: Law, Governance and the Quest for Global Justice," twenty post-doctoral scholars in law, anthropology and political science, meet daily on the third floor of IU's Maurer School of Law to explore interdisciplinary approaches to the study and the teaching of Global Governance. The group, in Bloomington for two weeks between 9 and 22 July, is convened by Indiana Law professor Alfred C Aman and Canada's Osgoode Hall law professor Peer Zumbansen from Toronto. The meeting in Bloomington is the second part of a Some Institutes of Advanced Studies (SIAS) Summer Institute, a series of two-year long international workshops in different disciplines, regularly convened by two scholars in and from the U.S. and Germany. SIAS Summer Institutes are administered by the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin in Germany and the National Humanities Center in North Carolina, and are supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Arthur W. Mellon Foundation. Before coming together again in Bloomington, the exceptional group of highly gifted scholars from 11 countries, including Brazil, China, and Singapore, met in Berlin in July 2011.
The 2011-2012 SIAS Summer Institute explores the complex nature of global markets, fragmented political sovereignty, persisting economic inequality and the increasingly precarious role of law in today's global era through a host of disciplinary and theoretical lenses. After engaging with crucial theoretical approaches during its 2011 meeting in Berlin, where the group received a number of world renowned experts for various parts of the intensive reading and discussion program, the 2012 Institute is dedicated to explore the 'pragmatics' of global governance. Exploring alternative approaches to globalization, such as so-called 'Third World Approaches to International Law,' post-colonial studies, as well as anthropological and constitutional studies from the 'Global South,' the sessions in Bloomington bring the participants together with experts in human rights activism, transnational litigation, constitutional design, global education and environmental governance. The 2012 Summer Institute greatly benefits from IU's strong commitment to interdisciplinary and interdepartmental cooperation and collaboration, as the Institute sessions are taking the participants all across the IU campus, including IU's Center for the Study of Global Change, the Kinsey Institute, the Center for Constitutional Democracy, and the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis. As the competitively selected participants of the 2011-2012 Summer Institute are agents of future-oriented innovation in cutting-edge scholarship and teaching in their respective disciplines, they are, in addition to the study of relevant work and their meetings with invited academics and practitioners, work-shopping their own scholarship and course programs, which they have been developing over the past year in preparation of this year's meeting. Keeping with the tradition of SIAS Summer Institutes, this year's scholars will bring their insights and experiences from this and last year's meetings back into their institutions and their class-rooms, advocating a distinctly interdisciplinary approach to today's globally oriented scholarship, research and teaching.