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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 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.


New book by former IAS Fellow Lesley Chamberlain

Writer and former IAS Fellow, Lesley Chamberlain, has published her latest book, 'A Shoe Story', which walks in the footsteps of van Gogh and then those of Martin Heidegger to tell the remarkable story of a revolution in 20th century art. 

'A Shoe Story' is Lesley's fifteenth book. For further information see Lesley's website.

(15 Dec 2014)

New 'Insights' Papers Published

Two new contributions have recently been added to Volume 7 of 'Insights', the Institute of Advanced Study's E-journal. 

'Insights'contains the contributions from visiting Fellows to the Institute and captures the cutting-edge research hosted at Durham each year. Every fellow writes for this exciting series and the result is a unique collection of thought experiments, innovative research findings, theoretical statements, original reviews, and occasionally more fully worked treatises.

View the latest articles from:

Review Volume 7 in further detail.

(9 Dec 2014)

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Tuesday 28 April 2015

Tuesday 5 May 2015

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The (Re)emergence of Governance in a Region of Fragile States: the Horn of Africa Seminar on 05 March 2015 has now been merged with the seminar on 07 May 2015 (9:00am to 5:00pm). Contact Professor Alice Hills ( for further information.

Please note there has been a change of venue for The Experience of Emergence Lectures - they will not be held in ER201.

See our Events Listing for exact locations.

The Thinking About Emergence public lecture to be given by Professor Lord Colin Renfrew FBA, has been changed from 26 January 2015 to 27 April 2015 - details have been updated on our Events Listing