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.
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.
Inaugural IAS Fellow receives Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)
Professor Michael Ralph Fellows, one of the IAS's inaugural Fellows from its first annual theme, The Legacy of Charles Darwin in 2006, was recently appointed as a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for eminent service to higher education, particularly in the field of theoretical computer science.
Professor Fellows was recognised as a leading academic, researcher and author in that field. He has been the elite professor of computer science at the University of Bergen since January 2016.
His appointment as a Companion is the latest in a long list of awards and recognition for the Professor Fellows. This includes an international gold medal of honour for computer science education, one of the highest honours in this field.
His extensive publications includes five books and more than 150 scientific articles. Addtional informaiton is available here.
(29 Jul 2016)
Ten years of transformational thinking
As the Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) celebrates its ten year anniversary, Professor Veronica Strang, Director of the Institute, explains what the IAS strives to achieve, its impact over the last decade, and how it is celebrating this milestone year.
(20 Jul 2016) » More about Ten years of transformational thinking
Former IAS Fellow Professor George Willams publishes article with Durham Law scholar.
Williams, A & Williams, G. (2016). ‘The British Bill of Rights Debate: lessons from Australia’, Public Law 2016, pp.471-490.
(21 Jun 2016)
Former IAS Fellow Dr Simon Prosser publishes latest book - Experiencing Time
Our engagement with time is a ubiquitous feature of our lives. We are aware of time on many scales, from the briefest flicker of change to the way our lives unfold over many years. But to what extent does this encounter reveal the true nature of temporal reality? To the extent that temporal reality is as it seems, how do we come to be aware of it? And to the extent that temporal reality is not as it seems, why does it seem that way? These are the central questions addressed by Simon Prosser in Experiencing Time.
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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Tuesday 11 October 2016
- IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - Complexity, Scale, Story: narrative models in Will Self and Enid Blyton 5:30pm to 6:30pm, Birley Room, Hatfield College, Dr Richard Walsh, University of York, Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 12 October 2016
Tuesday 18 October 2016
- IAS Fellows' Public Lecture - Hunter Gatherers: the key to 21st century global health 5:30pm to 6:30pm, Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan's College, Professor Ana Magdalen Hurtado Arenas, Arizona State University , Contact email@example.com
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Navigating Interdisciplinarity Publication - Revised 2015
'Navigating Interdisciplinarity' is an IAS workshop designed to facilitate research collaboration across disciplines. To assist others embarking upon interdisciplinary research we are making this publication freely available. We ask only that you cite the IAS/Durham as the source. Please download here.