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Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) - Events Epiphany Term 2019

(9 January 2019)

The IAS’s calendar of events starts from Monday, 14 January and runs until the end of March 2019. Events include lectures, seminars and workshops linked to the Institute’s 2018/19 Projects and Fellows. Some events such as public lectures are free and open to all to attend; however other events may require registration.

The Epiphany cohort of IAS Fellows each deliver a public lecture whilst in residence at Durham, and the series continues for the remainder of the Epiphany term. The first lectures of term are as follows:

IAS Fellows’ Seminars

IAS Fellows also deliver a seminar within the IAS which is open to all staff and students. Places are limited and must be registered in advance either at or via

Upcoming Seminars are as follows:

IAS Sponsored Project Activities

Each year the IAS sponsors four interdisciplinary projects. A variety of events and activities are convened by the leaders of these projects this term, and details of forthcoming project related events are noted below.

Who are “We the People”? Community beyond the state

The people” are sovereign; “the people’s will” must prevail; but who are “the people”? Who gets to belong to this group, and who decides? How do individuals coalesce into a collective “people”, and what other communities are formed in the same way?

This project, drawing on Durham’s strengths in Classics, Law, Human Geography, Politics, and History, investigates how individuals come together to form communities which are legal or social entities in themselves.

One strand, led primarily by Classics and CNCS (who will be holding a parallel lecture series on popular sovereignty) will consider definitions of “the people” from antiquity to today, from the populus Romanus to ‘real Americans’. The second, led primarily by colleagues in Law and SGIA, will explore contemporary communities larger or smaller than the state, from the Cham people in Southeast Asia to Scottish nationalists, and from identity groups looking to find their place within a state to groups seeking recognition as part of the international community.

Seminar Series

This series will start on Tuesday 15 January at 4pm in the Seminar Room, Institute of Advanced Study in Cosin’s Hall. The first three seminar dates are noted:

  • 15 January 2019, Dr Amy Russell (Classics, Durham) and Dr Henry Jones (Law, Durham), Who are We the People?
  • 22 January 2019, Dr Claire Sutherland (SGIA, Durham), Cham in Southeast Asia: Between Community and Fluidity
  • 29 January 2019, Dr Alan Greene (Law, Birmingham), People have the Power? Constituent Power and the Paradox of Constitutionalism

Any further questions or interest in this project should be addressed to Dr Amy Russell (


 “We the People”, Co-organised by Dr Amy Russell (Classics) and Dr Richard Huzzey (History), 31 January – 1 February 2019, Birley Room, Hatfield College

How have the “people” who are the official holders of popular sovereignty been defined and understood across time and space? Who controls access to this group, and who is excluded? What internal divisions exist within the unitary entity of “the people”? How does individual identity relate to belonging to this group?

This informal, international, and interdisciplinary workshop will explore a range of questions relating to the people and peoplehood, as part of the IAS Major Project ‘Who are “We the People”? Community Beyond the State’. For more information on the project, see

Papers will be short and informal, and discussion is encouraged.

All welcome, but registration is required. Registration is free and includes tea/coffee and snacks during the workshop. To register, please email by 21 January 2019.

Dynamic Interactions at Cell Membrane Interfaces

Membrane Nanoparticles (MNPs) are small vesicles ubiquitously released into bodily fluids from cells. They have therapeutic potential in immune therapy, vaccination, regenerative medicine, drug delivery, personalized medicine and point-of-care market (projected £1 billion/year by 2022). This project aims to exploit technology developed by engineers and physicists at Durham to measure the biophysical properties of synthetic membrane nano-vesicles, and to develop an interdisciplinary network of UK scientists and companies interested in the field.

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