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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Welcome to the

Transforming The Way We Think


The Institute of Advanced Study is a prestigious, ideas-based Institute with global reach. We bring together world-leading researchers from all disciplines to work with Durham colleagues on collaborative projects 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.

Each year, the IAS supports four ambitious interdisciplinary projects tackling major research questions. Leading researchers from around the globe join Durham colleagues in collaborative teams to develop ground-breaking ideas, explore interdisciplinary synergies and develop new programmes of research.

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.


News

IAS - 2022/23 Call for Project Proposals and Fellowship Nominations

The Institute of Advanced Study aims to support academic staff in developing ambitious, novel and excellent interdisciplinary research. Its call for projects and Fellowship nominations is now open, and colleagues are warmly invited to submit proposals. Details of the IAS’s current project call are at https://www.dur.ac.uk/ias/202223process/.

There have been some minor changes to the IAS research development programme this year. We will continue to support major project proposals, as before, but will also be responding to a need to facilitate more small-scale/preliminary forms of research development. The Institute will select projects based on their quality and interdisciplinary research potential, and their contribution to the University’s strategic aims. Funding will be allocated in direct relation to this potential and to the scale of activities proposed.

Colleagues interested in developing proposals are welcome to contact their Faculty IAS Director: Professor Nicholas Saul (Arts and Humanities), Professor László Polos (Business), Professor Alex Easton (Science), and Professor Rob Barton (Social Science and Health). In addition, colleagues may also contact the IAS Executive Director, Professor Veronica Strang, or the IAS Manager, Linda Crowe.

(16 Feb 2021)


New edited collection from Professor Stefano Cracolici and Professor Mark Sandy

Entitled Ghostly Encounters: cultural and imaginary representations of the spectral from the nineteenth century to the present, this volume edited from Professor Stefano Cracolici from the School of Modern Languages and Cultures (department of Italian) and Professor Mark Sandy from English Studies, reflects on the ghostly and its varied manifestations including the uncanny, the revenant, the echo, and other forms of artistic allusion. The collection of essays considers the wider implications of these representations of the ghostly and notions of the spectral to define a series of different, but inter-related, cultural topics (concerned with questions of ageing, the uncanny, the spectral, spiritualism, eschatology), which imaginatively testify to our compulsion to search for evidence of the ghostly in our everyday encounters with the material world.

(1 Feb 2021) » More about New edited collection from Professor Stefano Cracolici and Professor Mark Sandy



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IAS Contribution to the evaluation of interdisciplinary research in the REF

For a number of years the IAS has been closely involved in the development of methods of evaluating interdisciplinary research, working collaboratively with UK funding bodies/the REF. Its Executive Director, Professor Veronica Strang, is a member of the UKRI Interdisciplinary Advisory Panel, which is guiding this aspect of the REF process, and a regular speaker at the Annual REF Forum and related events. Her report Evaluating Interdisciplinary Research: a practical guide (Strang and McLeish 2015), written in consultation with a range of funding bodies, has been taken up widely, nationally and internationally. With the REF submission date coming up soon, colleagues who are considering interdisciplinary outputs for submission, or who will be involved in evaluating such research for REF sub-panels, may find this publication helpful.