What does the phrase “diverse intelligences” really mean?
The phrase is open to interpretation and imagination. For starters, we hope it evokes the varied forms of mind, cognition, and intelligence that are exhibited by organisms, entities, cultures, and collectives of different sorts, whether human, animal, or artificial. But what counts as intelligence? We’re still trying to figure that out.
What kinds of research will I learn about at the Diverse Intelligences Summer Institute?
We engage with research from all disciplines of inquiry—the only criterion is that it shed light on diverse intelligences. DISI 2020 featured lectures on ‘Human Behavior as the Next Frontier for AI,’ ‘Inferential Reasoning in Non-Human Animals,’ ‘Measuring Culture Difference and Cultural Change,’ and ‘Epistemic Systems,’ among many others. We suggest browsing our past faculty pages to get a fuller sense of the types of work we’re likely to showcase at the institute.
I’m considering applying as a Storyteller. How does the DISI Storyteller track compare to a standard artist residency?
The DISI experience may not be typical for artist residencies. We are looking for storytellers who want to engage rather than disengage. We expect our storytellers to participate fully in the program, attending the same lectures and activities as our academic fellows. That said, there is also a healthy amount of designated project time in the schedule; storytellers can choose to devote this time to personal projects or to group projects with others at the institute.
I am currently in between degrees / I am not currently in school / I do research in a relevant field, but I am not in academia. Am I eligible to apply?
Yes! The Diverse Intelligences Summer Institute welcomes applicants from all career stages, from within and beyond academia.
This sounds really interesting, but I don’t really study cognition or intelligence. Is this opportunity for me?
Maybe! We are looking for participants with interesting ideas and a passion for collaborating across disciplinary lines. If this describes you, please apply or reach out for more information.
What is the cost of attending DISI? Are costs for meals, travel, or lodging covered?
All accepted fellows and storytellers will be offered honoraria, which can be used at your discretion. They could, for example, be used to defray much of the cost of attending (flights, accommodations, meals, etc.). Further details about honoraria will be shared with participants upon acceptance. We work hard to ensure that no one is unable to attend for lack of funding, so please do not let financial concerns be a barrier to applying.
Can I miss a few days of the Diverse Intelligences Summer Institute? Can I stay with a friend while I’m there?
Unfortunately, no. In order to create meaningful interdisciplinary dialogue, we need all participants to engage fully. We thus ask that all admits, upon acceptance, commit to attending the entire program and to being housed with other participants.
Are the facilities wheelchair accessible?
We work hard to ensure that we can accommodate a variety of special needs. Please contact us to discuss specific accommodations to help us be fully prepared for you.
I am interested in this opportunity and I have an infant. May I bring my child?
In an effort to make DISI accessible and family-friendly, we have earmarked modest funds to help defray additional costs for those who are primary caregivers (for children or elders) and who would not otherwise be able to attend. These funds will be awarded on a case-by-case basis after offers of admission have been made. Parents who bring children with them are expected to attend all official DISI activities; we ask, however, that you not bring children to DISI activities unless explicitly invited to do so. This means that parents will need to arrange caregiving.
I am a vegan/vegetarian, have a food allergy, or have another dietary restriction. Would I be able to attend?
Yes! We have already arranged for vegan/vegetarian food and will do our best to accommodate other food restrictions (but do let us know in advance).