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(8 February 2019)

The IAS’s calendar of events continues with several forthcoming lectures, seminars and workshops linked to the IAS's sponsored projects and its visiting Fellows. The IAS visiting cohort of IAS Fellows each deliver a public lecture, and the series continues for the remainder of the Epiphany term. Please see the IAS events page for more details.

Forthcoming events for Fellows are as follows:

IAS Fellows’ Public Lectures

21 February 2019, 5.30 – 6.30pm, Sheraton Park, Ustinov College
Professor Paul Pickering (Australian National University)
Who were the people? From ‘Swinish Multitude’ to ‘Members Unlimited’ in the British world
25 February 2019, 5.30 – 6.30pm, Birley Room, Hatfield College
Dr Zakaria Almsherqi (National University of Singapore)
Cubic Membranes: the nature nano-gallery of art
28 February 2019, 5.30 – 6.30pm, Sheraton Park, Ustinov College
Professor Jurriaan Huskens (University of Twente)
Small Solutions for Big Problems: nanoscience contributing to artificial photosynthesis

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:

18 February 2019, 1pm, Seminar Room, Institute of Advanced Study
Dr Zakaria Almsherqi (National University of Singapore)
Cubic membranes: formation and their potential role(s) in nature
25 February 2019, 1pm, Seminar Room, Institute of Advanced Study
Dr Maria Tysiachniouk (Wageningen University)
Oil and people in the Arctic, scientific and artistic view

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 the following:

19 February 2019
Professor Michèle Lowrie (Classics, IAS/Chicago) and Dr Ioannis Ziogas (Classics, Durham)
The bonds of affecti
26 February 2019
Dr Richard Huzzey (History, Durham) and Dr Henry Miller (History, Durham)
Colonial Subjects and Petitions to Parliament, c. 1780-1918

Seminars take place at 4pm in the Seminar Room, Institute of Advanced Study in Cosin’s Hall. To attend please contact Dr Amy Russell (


7-8 March 2019, Birley Room, Hatfield College

What other forms of legally or culturally defined community exist, and how do they relate to the legal entities defined by the state? How should we understand communities larger or smaller than the state, or not defined by state boundaries? What is the range of possibilities for citizenship, community, and belonging?

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 required. Registration is free and includes tea/coffee and snacks during the workshop. To register, please email by 25 February 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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