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Institute of Advanced Study

Transforming The Way We Think

The Institute of Advanced Study is a prestigious, ideas-based Institute bringing together world-leading researchers from all disciplines to examine themes of major intellectual, scientific, political and practical significance. At least twenty visiting IAS Fellows join us in Durham each year to 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.


Additional contributions added to IAS Insights Volume 10

Additonal papers have been updated to the Institute of Advanced Study's E-journal 'Insights'. New additions in Volume 10 include papers from former IAS Fellows Professor Howard Morphy and Frances Morphy; Professor Carlo Vecce ; Professor Massimo Leone; Dr David Pritchard; and Dr Andrew Baldwin.

IAS Fellows write for the series and the result is a unique collection of thought experiments, innovative research findings, theoretical statements, original reviews, and occasionally more fully worked treatises.

Volume 10 contains contributions on the themes of Scale (2016/17), Evidence (2015/16), Emergence (2014/15) and Light (2013/14). 

(16 Jan 2018)

The IAS welcomes its Epiphany Term Fellows

The Institute of Advanced Study is delighted to welcome its second cohort of Fellows connected with its 2017/18 Structure year. Building on its capacity to attract leading international scholars, the IAS is hosting a range of researchers from the sciences, social sciences, and the arts and humanities. Fellows this term include, among others, feminist writer and theorist Professor Barbara J Risman who has developed a theory of gender as a social structure; literary scholar Dr Pascal Nicklas from Mainz University whose main research focus has been the structure of adaptations; anthropologist Professor Nigel Rapport who has varied research interests including social theory, phenomenology, identity, and consciousness; philosopher Professor Sverre Raffnsøe from Copenhagen Business School whose research focusses on structure and the structuring of societal reality; and classical archaeologist Dr Francesca Fulminante whose research interest is urbanization in the Mediterranean during the 1st millennium BC with a particular emphasis on Rome and the surrounding region.

(2 Jan 2018) » More about The IAS welcomes its Epiphany Term Fellows

Thursday 18 January 2018

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2017/18 Annual Programme: Structure

In addition to this programme of events please review the comprehensive Events Calendar for all current details. Additional events may be added during the course of the year.

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2014/15 Annual Report - Emergence


Public lecture date change
: Please note the starting time for Prof Boris Malomed's IAS lecture has changed from 5.30pm to 6.30pm (Holgate House, Grey College) on 1st February 2018.