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AIAS 10-Year Anniversary issue of iPerspectives on Crisis

To address pressing issues and foster dialogue and interaction between the current, former and associate fellows and Aarhus University researchers, AIAS publishes iPerspectives, an interdisciplinary online magazine. Now a third Anniversary issue on the topic of ‘Crisis’ is out.

Cover of iPerspectives issue 3 – access the magazine by clicking on the picture

As a celebration of the 10-year birthday of AIAS on 13 June 2023, an Anniversary iPerspectives issue on the timely topic of CRISIS has just been published. From the climate crisis, to the crisis between Ukraine and Russia, to the data reproducibility crisis, the topic of crisis is explored from multiple perspectives by 14 researchers from all over the world. 

Climate – Societal – Perpetual Crises

In ecologist Jeff Kerby's photo essay "Northeast Greenland. Filling in the Gaps…" you can get insights into the climate crisis from a current perspective, whereas archaeologist Felix Riede's "History – One Damn Crisis after Another" looks back on past crises. Current societal crises are also on the agenda, of Ukraine in Sophia Opatska's "After War: Between Happy End and Hard Work" or in Adeline Masquelier’s “Making Sense of “Crisis” when Crisis is Everywhere” that reflects on crisis as the ‘new normal’ by building on her 35 years of anthropological research in Niger.

Science – End-time Crises

Other contributions to this third issue offer critical ‘meta’ reflections on science itself; as the article on “The Data Reproducibility Crisis Requires a Cultural Change towards Article Retraction” by virologists Renée M. van der Sluis and Manja Idorn or “The Meta-Crisis of Psychiatry” by Rodrigo Grassi-Oliveira, who works with translational neuropsychiatry.

The issue of course concludes with the ultimate crisis in dealing with the end of time, as in “The End Is Nigh: Antecedents and Functions of Religious End Time Narratives” by Lauritz Holm Petersen and Armin W. Geertz from the study of religion.

More about the iPerspectives magazine here

iPerspectives is an interdisciplinary online magazine written and edited by the current, former and associate research fellows at AIAS and Aarhus University researchers, who use their research expertise and curiosity to offer their perspectives on pressing issues. It was conceptualised by fellows and initiated in the winter of 2019 to disseminate the ideas presented at the workshop on The Origin and Destiny of Life, held at AIAS on 29 November 2019. The graphic design is conceptualized by former fellow Cici Alexander.

The first issue came out in the spring of 2020 on the topic of LIFE, the second issue in the autumn of 2020 on the topic of MIGRATION.

Access all three iPerspectives issues here: https://aias.au.dk/research/iperspectives-magazine 

Access iPerspectives issue three on CRISIS here

AIAS 10-Year Anniversary (2013-2023) on 13 June 2023

On 13 June 2023, the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies celebrates our 10-Year Anniversary, with the opening on 13 June 2013. The birthday of AIAS will be celebrated with an academic and social afternoon with talks by 10 fellows, one talk from each year that AIAS has been in business. The afternoon concludes with a panel discussion “Looking to the Future – New Challenges, New Directions?” with international research leaders and former fellows that will discuss how, from different perspectives, an IAS should and could develop in the future.

See the full programme via: https://aias.au.dk/events/aias-10-year-anniversary


Lotte Holm, Head of Secretariat, vice-director, acting director
Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies, AIAS
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