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Bristol students present papers at Kule Institute for Advanced Study, University of Alberta

23 August 2011

Luke Burns and Kazuaki Tsujii present papers at 'Tomorrow's Ideas, Now', an international interdisciplinary undergraduate conference at the Kule Institute for Advanced Study, University of Alberta

The IAS is delighted to announce that Luke Burns and Kazuaki Tsujii, recent graduates of the University of Bristol, have been accepted to present  papers based on their dissertation research at ‘Tomorrow’s Ideas, Now’, an international interdisciplinary undergraduate conference, held 17-20 August 2011 at the Kule Institute for Advanced Study, University of Alberta.

The conference is an opportunity for undergraduate scholars and artists to showcase and discuss work reflecting the KIAS’s three research themes:

Luke Burns is a recent graduate of the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies. His research examines the role the Internet and social media tools, such as Facebook and Twitter, may have played in overturning diminishing levels of social capital. He is presenting a paper entitled ‘Bowling Online: How the Internet is Driving the Reinvigoration of American Social Capital’. Abstract (Office document, 21kB) (MS Word 21.0 kB)

Kazuaki Tsujii is a recent Politics graduate working on gender relations in rural Bangladesh. His research addresses five dimensions of gender relations: economic decision-making, domestic violence, family planning, attitudes and education and marriage for children, through focus group interviews conducted with 67 microcredit borrowers of the Grameen Bank. He is presenting a paper entitled ‘Gender relations in rural Bangladesh: What policy implications can be drawn from them?’ Abstract (Office document, 24kB) (MS Word 24.5 kB)

Founding Director of KIAS, Professor Jerry Varsava, who chaired the panel in which Luke and Kazuaki presented their research, reported, "They both did a very good job, serving as wonderful ambassadors for your institution."

The submission of papers from Bristol was coordinated through Bristol’s IAS. Both the Alberta KIAS and Bristol IAS hope to be able to run this scheme again next year. The Call-for-Papers for the 2012 conference will be issued in January 2012.  Luke Burns welcomes questions by email from any Bristol undergraduates who might be interested in applying.

The KIAS has a conference blog, with daily updates, including photos and videos of the conference, and a further update is now available on the SPAIS website.