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New Approaches to the Study of Urban Africa: A Master Class

Time Period: 
2017-2018
(T.I.E.R.)
Masterclass “New Approaches to the Study of Urban Africa” is part of the larger proposed Alliance joint project, “Infrastructures, Technologies and Time in African Cities.” It represents the beginning of a trilateral collaboration between the Institute of African Studies (IAS) at Columbia, Center for International Studies and Research (CERI) at Sciences Po, and Institut Français de Recherche en 

De-Provincializing Soft Power: A Global-Historical Approach, 1990-2015

Time Period: 
2017-2018
Columbia University (European Institute), Sciences Po, and the University of São Paulo are partnering in a research project leading to a two-day conference in São Paulo in April 2017 to study Brazil’s use of cultural power in foreign relations in the period from circa 1990 to 2015.

Legal aspects of Climate Change Studies : Pathways to Green Innovation

Time Period: 
2017-2018
Climate change is a multidimensional global pollution problem arising from the world’s social, economic and legal systems. Solutions to this problem necessarily affect the way society establishes and implements laws, and society’s approach to social and environmental justice.

Infrastructures, Technologies and Time in African cities

Time Period: 
2017-2018
The “Infrastructures, Technologies and Time in African Cities” project is a research and teaching collaboration between affiliated faculty of the Institute of African Studies (IAS) at Columbia and faculty at the Center for International Studies and Research (CERI) at Sciences Po. It encompasses two joint conferences and course on issues of urban life in Africa and their varied political, social and cultural expressions.

The Matter of Cities: Excavating the 'Material' in Urban Social and Technical Controversies

Time Period: 
2017-2018
How do scholars and policymakers understand the production of goods and services, the movement of people and commodities from one place to another, governance
arrangements, the establishment and defense of neighborhoods, the reception of immigrants, the disruption or accommodation of ecological systems? What sense do they
make of the functioning of cities?

Perceptual Functions for Faster Interactive Visualizations

Time Period: 
2017-2018
Investigators: 
Interactive visualization tools are critical to many data analysts by making the discovery and verification of hypotheses quick and easy to use. Increasing data sizes has made the scalability of these tools a necessity. To bridge the gap between data sizes and interactivity, many visualization systems have turned to sampling-based approximate query processing frameworks.

Advancing a Critical Turn in Human Rights Scholarship and Advocacy

Time Period: 
2017-2018
This project is a collaboration between students and faculty at Columbia and Sciences Po Law Schools to advance the practice of, and scholarship about, ‘critical human rights advocacy.’ Critical human rights advocacy is a mode of human rights practice characterized by deliberate and reflective efforts to reform human rights practice in light of critiques of the human rights field.

Understanding and Reducing Gender Differences in Public Speaking

Time Period: 
2017-2018
Public speaking skills are among the essential skills that students need to acquire during their years at Columbia University and Sciences Po. Currently, students have some opportunities to acquire technical public speaking skills, but female students appear to apply these skills to a lesser extent than male students.

Yasutomo Uemura

Yasutomo Uemura is a Professor of the Physics Department of Columbia University who is working on experimental studies of condensed matter physics (CMP) in the subjects such as unconventional superconductors and novel magnetic materials. Professor Uemura is hoping to organize “Frontiers of Condensed Matter Physics” lecture/seminar course at the Columbia University Global Center in Paris and at Ecole Polytechnique in Palaiseau, inviting leading CMP physicists from Europe, US and Asia.

Richard Peña

Richard Peña has been at Columbia since 1989, becoming full time in 1996 and being named Professor of Professional Practice in 2003; from 2006 - 2009 was a Visiting Professor in Spanish at Princeton University. Mr.

Alex de Sherbinin

Alex de Sherbinin is the Associate Director for sciences applications at the Center for International Earth Science Information Netwrok (CIESIN), a center within the Earth Institute at Columbia Univeristy. He also serves as Deputy Manager of the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center and Coordinator of the Population-Environment Research Network, a network of 2,000 researchers from around the world. He received his PhD in 2014 from the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente, Netherlands.

Sudipta Kaviraj

Sudipta Kaviraj is a specialist in intellectual history and Indian politics. He works on two fields of intellectual history - Indian social and political thought in the 19th and 20th centuries and modern Indian literature and cultural production. His other fields of interest and research include the historical sociology of the Indian state, and some aspects of Western social theory. He received his Ph.D. from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Victoria de Grazia

Victoria de Grazia, Moore Collegiate Professor of History, was educated at Smith College, University of Florence, and Columbia University where she received her Ph.D. in history with distinction in 1976. Before joining the Columbia faculty in 1994, she taught at Rutgers University. Her research interests lie in contemporary history, with longstanding commitments to studying western Europe and Italy from a gendered perspective and to developing a global perspective on commercial revolutions.

De-Provincializing Soft Power: A Global-Historical Approach, 1990-2015

Time Period: 
2016-2017

De-Provincializing Soft Power: A Global-Historical Approach, 1990-2015 is a Trilateral Initiatives in Emerging Regions (T.I.E.R) project led by Richard Balme (Sciences Po), Victoria de Grazia (Columbia University), Yi Wei Wang (Renmin University). The project covers International History, International Relations, Communications, and Cultural studies.

Richard Seager

Richard Seager is a senior research scientist at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. After obtaining his Ph.D. from Columbia in 1990, Seager held postdoctoral positions at Lamont-Doherty and at the University of Washington in Seattle. His current research interests include the causes of extratropical drought, the climate of the last millennium and the experimental prediction of decadal variability in climate.

Paolo Siconolfi

Professor Siconolfi teaches the core course Managerial Economics. He works with general equilibrium theory, information theory and dynamic models in monetary theory. His main contributions deal with the equilibrium properties of incomplete market economies, the existence of sunspot equilibria and the informativeness of equilibrium prices. Recently, he has also examined the dynamic efficiency of a social security system in the context of an overlapping generations model.

Frances Negrón-Muntaner

M.A. in Visual Anthropology and Fine Arts, Temple; Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Rutgers. Frances Negrón-Muntaner is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, and scholar. She is the recipient of Ford, Truman, Scripps Howard, Rockefeller, and Pew fellowships as well as a Social Science Research Council and Andy Warhol Foundation grants. She is the editor of several books, including Puerto Rican Jam: Rethinking Nationalism and Colonialism; None of the Above: Puerto Ricans in the Global Era, and Sovereign Acts.

Media as Inquiry

Time Period: 
2016-2017

This is a proposal for a four-week joint collaboration between Professors Riva Kastoryano (Sciences Po) and Frances Negrón-Muntaner (Columbia University) titled “Media as Inquiry.” The project will consist of three lectures, a presentation, and a workshop to explore how digital analytical tools, media analysis, and video/web building practices can be part of research and courses relating to social marginalization and exclusion in both institutions.

Objects and Archives in Science, Technology, and Society Studies: Promoting Research and Innovative Teaching Co-initiatives

Time Period: 
2016-2017

This project aims at the promotion of sustainable links between two newly founded institutions: the Columbia University Center for Science and Society, and the LinX, École polytechnique’s research laboratory in the humanities and social sciences. It is based on the special collections of both Columbia University and École polytechnique. These collections provide crucial historical sources for research on intertwined developments in science, technology, pedagogy, economy, industry, and politics.

Approach to developing low cost contacts for organic FETs

Time Period: 
2016-2017

In continuous improvement, Organic Field-Effect Transistors (OFETs) are the cornerstone of emerging technologies that aim at producing flexible, lightweight, large-area and low-cost  microelectronic systems, such as displays or sensors. Nevertheless in OFETs, gold is still the predominant material chosen for source/drain electrodes. This is mainly due to its chemical inertness, high electrical conductivity, processability, and ability to form a low-injection barrier junction with most p-type organic semiconductors.

Asymmetric information, externalities and restricted participation

Time Period: 
2016-2017

The project aims to create a Columbia-Panthéon Sorbonne research collaboration. The project focuses on two main research topics: a) decentralizing efficient allocative mechanisms in economies of asymmetric information, and b) designing trading restrictions in commodity and financial markets in order to decentralize constrained efficient allocations of credit economies with limited commitment and strategic default. The unifying theme emerges from the presence of externalities in both research topics.

Data and Methods for Modeling Migration Associated with Climate Change

Time Period: 
2016-2017

This proposal seeks funds for a two-day proposal development workshop focused on the topic of modeling the potential migration associated with climate change.  When discussing so-called “climate refugees”, the most frequently asked question by decision-makers and the media relates to the numbers of people who are likely to migrate owing to climate change impacts.

Africa Global Seminar: Citizenship and Social Movement

Time Period: 
2016-2017

The Africa Global Seminar: Citizenship and Social Movements is a graduate level seminar that brings scholars and students from several diverse institutions in the US, France, and Morocco to explore histories of individual and collective manifestations of citizenship in several African countries. Its primary aim is to understand the social, historical, and economic conditions that give rise to political and social action, and to explore these actions as fundamentally creative enterprises that take hold in formal and informal spaces.

Forms of Pluralism and Democratic Constitutionalism

Time Period: 
2016-2017

The aim of this project is to discuss four plausible ways to manage pluralism in a “post sovereign” world: federalism; status group legal pluralism; corporate group autonomy; and subsidiarity. The following question animates our inquiry: what forms of legally instituted organized pluralism are compatible with democratic constitutionalism? What principles should structure the allocation of jurisdiction and representation in a democratic polity and/or transnationally?

Social Dynamics and Climate Change

Time Period: 
2016-2017

In relation to the COP 21 negotiations that will be held in Paris in December 2015, an interdisciplinary conference on “social dynamics and climate change” will be organized at the university Paris 1 Panthéon-­‐Sorbonne in October 2015. The aim of the conference is to offer a complementary perspective to the one highlighted by the negotiations by focusing on the bottom-­‐up social transformations that are and will be induced by climate challenge.

Negotiating Pluralism in Shared Religious Sites: A Comparative Study of Coexistence in the Eastern Mediterranean and India

Time Period: 
2016-2017

Karen Barkey at Columbia University and the Christophe Jaffrelot at Sciences Po have partnered for a joint research project entitled “Negotiating Pluralism in Shared Religious Sites: A Comparative Study of Coexistence in the Eastern Mediterranean and India.” This project counters the prevailing narratives in academia and society which focus on religious fundamentalism and violence by examining how different religious groups exercise their faiths in shared religious spaces.

Abram Kaplan

Time Period: 
2016-2017

Abram Kaplan is 2016-2017 Doctoral Mobility Student. He is a PhD student from Columbia University studying History. His research at Ecole Polytechnique is on The Janus Faces of Tradition: Newton, Leibniz, and the Philological Roots of Calculus. He plans to visit Ecole Polytechnique from May 2016 to June 2016.

Luca Provenzano

Time Period: 
2016-2017

Luca Provenzano is 2016-2017 Doctoral Mobility Student. He is a PhD student from Columbia University studying History. His research at Paris 1 is on The ‘Maintenance of Order’ in Paris: The Compagnies d’Intervention, 1954-1962. He plans to visit Paris 1 from June 2016 to August 2016.

Zoltan Dujisin

Time Period: 
2016-2017

Zoltan Dujisin is 2016-2017 Doctoral Mobility Student. He is a PhD student from Columbia University studying Sociology. His research at Paris 1 is on The dynamics of collective memory between post-communist EU member states and former Soviet Republics. He plans to visit Paris 1 from Feburary 2016 to April 2016.

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