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21
Jun

Inside Out Project

Written on June 21, 2017 by Administrador de IE Blogs in Arts & Cultures & Societies

What: The Inside Out Project is a global art movement started in 2011 by French artist JR.  The idea is to represent diverse identities within a community through photo-collages that are placed in emblematic buildings. Check some previous interventions in their website (http://www.insideoutproject.net)
 
In collaboration with the IE Art & Business Club, our community will take part in the Inside Out Project, and you are invited to join!
 
Who: We are recruiting 84 members of the IE community, including students, alumni, staff and faculty.
 
Where: The photographs of these members will wrap, from top to bottom, the front façade of MM 31!
 
When: The portraits will be shot on June, 23rd and we will host an opening of our collective art piece on July, 20th. Save the date! 
 
Why: Diversity characterizes us, but education brings us closer. 

 
Do you want to be part of the project? This is what you need to do to apply*:
 
1.     Personal statement. What is diversity for you? Explain it in 140 characters. Please include your LinkedIn profile link in order to show us how you differentiate yourself from the rest. Send it together with your full name, email, your status at IE (student, staff, faculty), gender and nationality to campus.life@ie.edu by Thursday, June 22nd.               
2.     In order for the Inside Out Project to go forward on a global level, every participant (that will have their portrait on MM31) will have to pay a 10€ fee that will go to the Inside Out Project team.
3.     Be there ready to shine! The photographer and professor Brian Hallett will take your portrait on June 23rd on-campus (Madrid).  We will provide the exact location via email once you confirm your participation.
   
*Since there are limited slots and aspiring participants will go through a selection process, make sure you send your application as soon as possible.
 
Stand up for what you believe in and become one of the faces on IE façade.
 
Let’s create something beautiful and powerful at IE!
 
#InsideOutProject
#IAmIE

6
Jun

Universo Foster

Written on June 6, 2017 by Manuel Lucena Giraldo in Arts & Cultures & Societies

Por Manuel Lucena Giraldo, Profesor Asociado de Humanidades

«El di­se­ño no tie­ne que ver con la mo­da, sino con la su­per­vi­ven­cia»
¿Por qué España? ¿Por qué Madrid? Ahora que la consigna de las políticas públicas en las mayores capitales españolas no se dirige a construir, sino al decrecimiento, se frena la inversión productiva y nos quieren obligar a ir por el centro solo en bicicleta, la fiesta global que supuso la presentación en sociedad de la Fundación Norman Foster ha aportado una nota de optimismo. En el Teatro Real, un marco exquisito en el origen de la trama urbana madrileña, proclamó la convocatoria: «El futuro es ahora».
No hubo en la intervención inicial de Foster sombra alguna de afectación personal por encontrarse en España y en Madrid, excepto para bien. De mirada romántica, nada. El maestro de arquitectos y premio Príncipe de Asturias de las Artes 2009, por el contrario, dejó traslucir con su habitual elegancia una posición de preeminencia y liderazgo articulada en el talento del impresionante elenco presente en la sala, que fue lo más destacado.
Foster señaló para el que quisiera escuchar que la razón por la cual ha depositado en el restaurado palacete del duque de Plasencia, de la calle Monte Esquinza, sede de su fundación, más de 74.000 documentos, dibujos y planos, material fotográfico, maquetas, correspondencia, cuadernos de bocetos y objetos personales, radica en que Madrid es «un lugar para comenzar». Una urbe que posee un acumulado de experiencia humana densa, pero también una energía renovada, que se proyecta en todas direcciones. Una de las grandes ventajas globales de la capital española reside en su alma barroca. Sin las tiranías de la identidad obligatoria y parroquial, que en otros lugares causan estragos, vive a su manera una modernidad líquida y flexible, cambiante, muy remotamente postimperial, que va saliendo a la luz.
En segundo término, tras la intervención de Foster, las conversaciones de los invitados sobre el papel de la tecnología y el diseño, o el papel crucial de las infraestructuras, mostraron el abismo conceptual que divide a quienes, como Negroponte, se alinean con visiones optimistas del cambio social por efecto de la tecnología, y quienes, como Ferguson, piensan que lo humano es imprevisible y no sabemos qué puede pasar –pero podría ser nefasto–. Uno de sus brillantes ejemplos aludió al patético desconocimiento de la historia de quienes gobiernan Silicon Valley. En manos de quiénes estamos, vino a decir.
Ambos puntos de vista, el que considera a las ciudades como máquinas robóticas que en el futuro serán capaces de prescribir problemas y solucionarlos sin intervención humana, y el que piensa que son organismos culturales que si no parten de la experiencia humana fracasarán, estaban vinculados ya en la intervención de Foster. El diseño es la solución, pues armoniza y relaciona el cuerpo y la máquina. Esperemos que quienes gobiernan nuestras ciudades aprendan de sus ideas: «El diseño no tiene que ver con la moda, sino con nuestra supervivencia; junto a la educación, es básico para crear un mundo mejor».

Publicado en ABC (02/06/2017)

3
Apr

The Humanities Center at IE University opens the possibility for internal Faculty members to enjoy a research stay in CRASSH, University of Cambridge, either during the first or the second semester of the academic year 2017-2018.

The research interests of the applicants will have to be related to the current research projects at CRASSH (http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/programmes/projects). The Fellow’s accommodation and fees will be supported by IE University (excluding transportation). The Fellow will be accommodated at Wolfson College. Meals are available but not without charge. The Fellow will be provided with adequate working space in the Centre and will be given access to seminars, research events and research facilities at the University of Cambridge. It is expected that the Fellow will actively engage in the life of the Centre at Cambridge by attending weekly seminars and appropriate number of lectures on his/her own research conducted at Cambridge.

  • Who can apply?
    • Internal Faculty of the Humanities Center, the School of International Relations, the School of Communication.
  • How long is the Fellowship?
    • There is a short Fellowship during Michaelmas Term (Oct-Dec) and a long Fellowship (Jan-Jun). The teaching assignments will be rescheduled to the other remaining semester of the academic year in case of successful applications.
  • How to apply?
    • Please send a CV (including list of publications) and a research statement to Susana Torres (Susana.torres@ie.edu) before April 15th.
30
Jan

By Veena Venugopal

Last week I was shivering in the -12°C weather in a historic little town called Segovia in Spain. I was there on invitation from one of the big universities, IE University, to give their students an idea about contemporary India. What is India beyond the global headlines of the IT industry? What are the social, political and economic issues that India and Indians currently face?

On the panel with me was Eugenio Luján, who is the dean of philology at Complutense University of Madrid and a scholar on vedic history. He traced the strengths and problems of India from a historical context and my job was to inform them about their contemporary status. How does caste work, what are the gender norms for Indian women, why is it that there are communal clashes here; actually since people live so close to each other, how is it that there aren’t more communal clashes? How do the rich behave? How do the poor cope? How does inequality play out across various areas?

What was fascinating for me was not just the fact that a bunch of students braved the weather and turned up at 7pm — after a full day of class — because they were curious about issues in India but, more importantly, that they did this for something that has very little to do with their coursework or examinations. They don’t earn credit from this, they are not tested on their knowledge of this country. They merely wanted to get an idea of how things worked in other places. Last year, they listened to people from Russia. Next year, they’ll pick another nation and try and grapple with the ground realities there. It was impressive, this commitment to general awareness of the world around them. Read more…

26
Jan

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