Call for The Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei and the British Academy Knowledge Frontiers Symposium


Deadline: The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 17 June 2020 at 17.00 (UK time)

Venue: 7-8 October 2020, Rome, Italy

1. The Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei and the British Academy are inviting applications for early career researchers in the humanities and social sciences to attend a research collaboration symposium on the broad theme of ‘Inequalities’.
2. The symposium aims to incentivise and establish international engagement and
collaboration between early career researchers from Italy and the United Kingdom from a broad range of disciplines within the humanities and social sciences, encouraging the exchange of ideas across both disciplinary and national boundaries.

Purpose and Focus
3. This symposium will aim to draw on the insights of the humanities and social sciences to explore the way that inequalities in all of their many and various manifestations – a fundamental feature of human existence throughout historical and pre-historical time -can be and have been conceptualised, represented and addressed.
4. Inequalities have been and are regularly a central feature of political discourse, whether explicitly or implicitly. Yet while often evoked, there is limited consensus on, or even recognition of, the multitude of forms of inequalities and their varied impacts, both geographically and temporally. How might we build a comprehensive understanding of inequalities, the spatial and temporal scales at which and over which they most clearly manifest, and the processes that shape them. How can a re-examination of different aspects of inequality lead to a more nuanced approach to this major issue? What is the relationship between different forms of inequality? In what ways could a more holistic understanding of the different types of inequalities and the way they interact, their origins and their effects in the wider global context contribute to the development of more innovative ways of comprehending and disentangling the effects of inequalities on individuals, communities and societies? And are there potential dangers in the elimination of inequalities from society?
5. The transmission of identities and social structures over time through culture and heritage can both challenge and perpetuate inequalities. How might we understand the articulation and representation of conceptions of inequalities – economic inequalities, gender inequalities, inequalities of education and opportunity, decision-making power in societies– in relation to the complexities surrounding established social and political structures? To what degree can the exploration of these complexities be assisted through the  expression and representation of inequality in both literature and visual art? How might these representations be considered in comparative and/or historical contexts? How are
the conceptions of inequalities narrated, and how are these narratives utilised in movements towards reducing inequalities? How may senses and histories of identity be implicated in the pursuit of greater equality?
6. The symposium format will allow for extensive discussion and debate, with considerable time set aside for this and wider networking opportunities.
7. The symposium will also provide an opportunity for participants to learn more about the work of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei and the British Academy.

The Symposium
8. The symposium will bring together around thirty early career researchers (understood as up to ten years after obtaining a PhD) based in the UK and Italy from across the humanities and social sciences to discuss key questions around the theme of ‘Inequalities’. The symposium is designed specifically to encourage collaboration and networking between early career researchers. In advance of the symposium, participants will be able to discuss their research and exchange ideas among themselves; begin to discuss the session themes; and make connections for possible future activities.
9. In order to incentivise long-term collaboration and networking, seed funding will be made available for which participants can apply. These collaborations must be international in their composition and can be either partnerships or groups. Time will be set aside on the final day of the symposium for a ‘sandpit’ style session in which participants write up their proposed collaboration and submit applications by the end of the session. The application form for seed funding will be circulated in advance of the symposium to ensure participants are fully aware of the opportunity and requirements.
10. In addition to funding several collaborative proposals, the symposium will aim to provide opportunities for a range of other outputs. Participants, for example, could contribute to a publication focused on the symposium theme, either through individual papers or in partnership with other symposium participants, record audio outputs or write posts that will be compiled into an online blog series dedicated to the symposium.

11. For the purpose of this symposium, early career is defined as being within a ten-year period of the award of the applicant’s doctorate (or equivalent research experience).
12. Participants must be based at institutions in Italy or the United Kingdom.
13. Participants must have fluency in spoken and written English. The symposium will be conducted in English.
14. Participants must be able to travel on dates and times, and on trains, flights or other modes of transportation chosen by the British Academy and the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei.
15. Attendance is mandatory for the entire symposium. If this is not met it will result in a participant not being eligible for the seed funding available.
16. UK-based attendees may only participate in two British Academy Knowledge Frontiers Symposia in any 24-month period.

Selection Criteria
17. Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:
• Proven research interest and/or experience in the symposium’s theme;
• Commitment to interdisciplinary engagement and research;
• Value of symposium to applicant’s career development.

Application Process
18. Applicants should provide a completed application form (including a CV which should not exceed two pages).
19. Applications must be submitted online using the British Academy's Grant Management System (GMS), Flexi-Grant®.
20. We will seek to notify successful applicants by the end of July 2020.

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