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Second Edition of the Intercontinental Academia Will Address Human Dignity

by Richard Meckien - published Jun 03, 2015 05:45 PM - - last modified Jan 05, 2018 02:55 PM
Rights: Original version in Portuguese by Fernanda Rezende and translation by Carlos Malferrari

II edição Intercontinental Academia

The second edition of the Intercontinental Academia has already defined subject matter, dates and venues. The project, in two stages, will study human dignity: the first stage, from March 6 through 20, 2016, will take place in Jerusalem; the second, from August 1 through 12, in Bielefeld. The event will be organized by the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies of the Hebrew University Jerusalem (IIAS) and the Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung (Center for Interdisciplinary Research) at Bielefeld University.

Human dignity is the object of several research studies, in various disciplines, and will involve a debate on international terrorism, torture, civil war, data protection, poverty reduction and social security, minorities, and history of human rights, among others. During the conferences in Israel and Germany, participants will attend master classes with eminent scholars from these fields. Some lectures have already been defined: “The constitutional right to human dignity,” “Dignity as the core of human rights,” “Recognizing human dignity after its denial” and “Human dignity in religion.”

Confirmed speakers include Aleida Assmann, professor of English Literature at the University of Konstanz; Lynn A. Hunt, research professor and Eugen Weber endowed chair in Modern European History at the University of California; Gertrude Lübbe-Wolff, professor of Public Law at Bielefeld University and former justice of the German Federal Constitutional Court; Ralf Poscher, professor of Constitutional Law and Legal Philosophy at the University of Freiburg; and Mordechai Kremnitzer, the Bruce W. Wayne professor of International Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and vice-president of research at the Israel Democracy Institute.

The Intercontinental Academia is an initiative of the UBIAS network, an international association that connects 34 university-based institutes for advanced study from 19 countries, and aims to promote networked research and develop new leaders. The first edition of the Academia, which discussed “Time,” is being organized by the Institute of Advanced Studies of the University of São Paulo (IEA-USP) and the Institute for Advanced Research at the Nagoya University. The first part was held in São Paulo from April 17 through 29 and the second is scheduled for March 2016, in Nagoya. Read about the São Paulo conferences here. Learn more about the project at <>.


Young researchers wishing to take part in the Intercontinental Academia conferences on human dignity must undergo a careful selection process. Candidates may come from areas such as Law, Political Science, Sociology, Political Theory, History, Philosophy, Computer Science, Education, Cultural Studies, Literary Studies, Biology or Biogenetics. Participants must have reached the final phase of their PhD or post-doctoral work, and be fluent in English.

Candidates must present a cover letter on how they may contribute to the project, an updated résumé, and a letter of recommendation from an institute of advanced studies of the UBIAS network. In addition, they should provide a document summarizing their interest in the subject matter and their expectations for the project. Submissions should be made by e-mail ( by August 31.

Fifteen participants will be selected at the end of the process. Part of the costs of accommodation and travel will be reimbursed.

Additional information about the second stage of the project is available at the website of the UBIAS network.