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Forthcoming Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) events

(25 January 2019)

The IAS’s calendar of events continues with 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. There are several lectures, seminars and workshops in the coming 2-3 weeks.

Fellows' lectures continue with:

  • 6 February 2019, 5.30pm – 6.30pm, Joachim Room, College of St Hild and St Bede Dr Staci Newmahr ((State University of New York) Danger Discourse: neo-conformism and the fear of everything For further details, please visit:
  • 7 February 2019, 5.30pm – 6.30pm, Sir James Knott Hall, Trevelyan College Professor Gert Jan van der Wilt (Radboud University) Between Complacency, Caution, and Hope: opportunities and challenges posed by technology to democracy For further details, please visit:
  • 13 February 2019, 5.30pm – 6.30pm, Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan’s College Professor Michèle Lowrie (University of Chicago) Security and the Caring Leader in Vergil’s Aeneid and Roman Imperial Ideology For further details, please visit:

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.

Seminar Series

This series continues with its third, fourth and fifth seminar dates. Each starts at 4pm in the Seminar Room, Institute of Advanced Study in Cosin’s Hall.:

  • 29 January 2019, Dr Alan Greene (Law, Birmingham), People have the Power? Constituent Power and the Paradox of Constitutionalism
  • 5 February 2019, Professor Gert van der Wilt (Healthcare, Radboud/IAS), Saying no to health care technology: strictly private choices, or forging communities?
  • 12 February 2019, Dr Ruth Houghton (Law, Newcastle): Professor Aoife O’Donoghue (Law, Durham), Weaving Communities: Reading Feminist Science Fiction for Global Constitutionalisation

To attend please email



 “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

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.


  • 6 February 2019, 2pm – 3pm, Lecture Theatre Ph30, Rochester Building, Department of Physics, Dr Zakaria Almsherqi (National University of Singapore), Biomembrane crystallization

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