Transforming The Way We Think
The Institute of Advanced Study is a prestigious, ideas-based Institute bringing together some of the world’s finest researchers from all disciplines to examine themes of major intellectual, scientific, political and practical significance. At least twenty visiting fellows per annum are based in Cosin's Hall, a beautiful 18th Century, Grade 1 listed mansion house, situated on Palace Green (a World Heritage site). They work with Durham scholars to spark new investigations, set tomorrow's agenda and participate in a varied programme of activities.
The Institute also serves as a top-level forum, enabling key-decision makers and experts to discuss pressing policy problems in an intellectually stimulating and unrestricted manner. We put on a wide range of public lectures and other events. There are also opportunities for postgraduates and other early career researchers to get involved.
The IAS aims to build research capacity, realise potential, and meet the challenges of a changing world. There are many ways to participate in the life and work of the institute. We warmly welcome your involvement.
Reading the Flowers: a new poetry collection by former IAS Fellow Linda France
Reading the Flowers began during Linda France's 2010/11 Leverhulme Residency at Moorbank, Newcastle University's Botanic Garden and led to a tour of Botanic Gardens across the UK, Europe and Australasia including: Italy, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Kew, Benmore, Dawyck, Sheffield, Linn and Durham Botanic, as well as culminiating in her visiting IAS Fellowship during 2013/14.
Nature and culture meet in this collection of Linda's poems looking at flowers cultivated and wild, trees in the garden and the rainforest, plants and creatures that live alongside them under the microscope of memory and imagination.
(28 Apr 2017)
From Light to Dark: new book from former IAS Fellow Dr Tim Edensor
Dr Tim Edensor (Manchester Metropolitan University) was an IAS Fellow during the IAS theme of Light in 2013/14. His latest book published by Minnesota University Press, From Light to Dark, analyzes a vast array of artistic interventions, diverse spaces, and lighting technologies to explore these most basic human experiences.
Light pervades the world, and when it is not light, darkness emerges and is combated by electric illumination. Despite this globally shared human experience in which spaces appear radically different depending on time, season, and weather, social science investigation on the subject is meager. From Light to Dark fills this gap, focusing on our interaction with daylight, illumination, and darkness.
Professor John Steele (former IAS Fellow) publishes new book 'Rising Time Schemes in Babylonian Astronomy'
Professor John Steele's latest book published by Springer (2017) argues for a new understanding of the role of schematic astronomy within Babylonian scientific thought and presents new translations of Babylonian astronomical cuneiform texts.
IAS Executive Director appointed to higher education panel
Professor Veronica Strang, Executive Director of Durham University’s Institute of Advanced Study, has been appointed to the recently announced Interdisciplinary Advisory Panel (IDAP) which will assist the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) in the next Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise.
The role of the panel will be to advise the REF team, REF panel chairs and the UK funding bodies on the approach to support the submission and assessment of interdisciplinary research in the REF. Following the completion of its initial work, it may have a specific role in the submissions and assessment phase of the next REF in summer 2018.
IAS Conference Review
The IAS’s Decennial conference (July 12th-14th) brought former Fellows and other international visitors to Durham to build on ideas emerging during a year on the theme of Evidence. The first keynote, by Monica Grady, looked outwards into the cosmos for extra-terrestrial life, and concluded that there was no definitive evidence demonstrating its existence. However, she left the door open to finding such evidence, so it may still be that the proof is out there. Penny Harvey’s keynote was more down to earth, and focused on concrete evidence of material vitality through and exploration of… concrete. Panels and roundtables ranged across topics as diverse as evidence for the efficacy of psychotherapeutic analysis; the evidence of sentience in non-human beings and its implications for their use in scientific experiments; the intangible evidence of intangible heritage; and the ways in .which IASs can foster the bringing of evidence together in interdisciplinary collaborations. Details of the panels are available here.
Delegates greatly appreciated the warm welcome from the Vice Chancellor at the conference dinner, which was followed by a definitively uproarious game of Durham Bluff, in which, for the first time in a while, the Home Team managed to beat the Visitors with some exemplary mendacity.
A grande finale to the conference was provided by a public debate, in which lively argumentation swayed a preliminary ‘for’ vote towards a narrow defeat of a provocative motion proposing that this House Believes it is Possible to Apply Universal Standards of Evidence.
Monday 1 May 2017
- Human Scale: Scale or Form: the music of Morton Feldman - Music of Extended Duration - how scale informs composing, performing and listening - Study Day 10:00am to 5:00pm, Birley Room, Hatfield College, Durham University, Contact email@example.com.
- Human Scale: Morton Feldman: Scale versus Form - Concert Performance - Morton Feldman - Patterns in a chromatic field for cello and piano (1982) 7:30pm, Concert Room, Department of Music, Durham University, Palace Green, Performance by John Snijders (Durham University)and Dr Seth Parker Woods (University of Leeds), Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday 4 May 2017
- Narratives and Economics - a Talk by Paul Omerod 12:15pm to 1:15pm, Seminar Room, Institute of Advanced Study, Paul Omerod (Economist and former IAS Fellow), Contact email@example.com
- Annual King Hussein Memorial Lecture in Cultural Dialogue - Beyond Bombs and Bandaids: The Prospects for Peace 6:15pm to 7:30pm, Rosemary Cramp Theatre, Calman Learning Centre, Harriet Lamb (International Alert), Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday 9 May 2017
- Human Scale: Time on a Human Scale Public Lecture series - The Making of Progressive Political Time in Inter-war Britain 6:15pm to 7:15pm, PG20, Pemberton Lecture Rooms, Palace Green, Emily Robinson (University of Sussex), Contact email@example.com
Academic research goes to Hollywood
On March 10th, leading filmmaker Oliver Stone visited Durham University’s Institute of Advanced Study to meet with classicist Dr Ivana Petrovic, whose research, engaging with his depiction of Alexander the Great, was included in his DVD Alexander The Ultimate Cut, released in 2014. He described how he first discovered her work in the debates that followed the release of the first version of Alexander:
For full details of Oliver Stone's visit to Durham including full video coverage of the discussion then please click here.
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The Annual King Hussein Memorial Lecture in Cultural Dialogue
Register now to attend the Annual IAS London Debate on Thursday 22 June 2017 at the ICAEW, Chartered Accountants’ Hall, One Moorgate Place, in central London.
Panellists include: Professor Dame Sandra Dawson (University of Cambridge); Dr Giles Fraser (journalist and broadcaster); Professor Kristine Kern (University of Potsdam), and Dr Ulrike Guérot (European Democracy Lab).
Early registration for this high profile event is strongly recommended.
Understanding and Representing Scale: Physics and Scale: from femtophysics to atoms, biology and the Universe - workshop.
Now takes place on 4th & 5th July (not 3rd and 4th July).
- New poetry collection by former IAS Fellow Linda France: Reading the Flowers https://t.co/0v5R9ewhAp
Tweeted 28 Apr 2017
- New book from former IAS Fellow Dr Tim Edensor MMU) - From Light to Dark (Minnesota University Press) see:… https://t.co/gZF0A1VyBM
Tweeted 28 Apr 2017
- Former IAS Fellow Paul Omerod at the on IAS 4 May 12.15pm to give paper 'Narratives and Economics'. Register at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tweeted 27 Apr 2017
- Professor John Steele (recent IAS Fellow, Brown University) publishes new book 'Rising Time Schemes in Babylonian A… https://t.co/q5nRTOxOeJ
Tweeted 26 Apr 2017
- Don't forget to attend this year's Annual King Hussein lecture given by Harriet Lamb, CEO of International Alert (… https://t.co/UH1PQ0wWWV
Tweeted 13 Apr 2017
- RT @Lynn_CEM: Congratulations to @DurhamIAS Prof Strang appointed to HEFCE interdisciplinary research advisory panel @durham_uni @HEFCE
Tweeted 12 Apr 2017