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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.

News

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.

(26 Apr 2017) » More about From Light to Dark: new book from former IAS Fellow Dr Tim Edensor


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. 

(26 Apr 2017) » More about Professor John Steele (former IAS Fellow) publishes new book 'Rising Time Schemes in Babylonian Astronomy'


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.

(25 Apr 2017) » More about IAS Executive Director appointed to higher education panel


Anthropology and Engineering: an interdisciplinary approach to water infrastructure – Call for Participants


The Institute of Advanced Study (IAS), in collaboration with the University of South Florida, invites anthropologists and engineers to a research workshop aiming to develop a new interdisciplinary approach to the design and development of water infrastructure. The workshop to be held between May 22-25th 2017will focus on articulating a joint theoretical framework and methods through which this can be employed; composing a joint funding proposal; and instigating several outputs.

For those interested in participating please contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk.

(23 Feb 2017)


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

Thursday 4 May 2017

Tuesday 9 May 2017

Saturday 13 May 2017

Filmmaker Oliver Stone with Dr Ivana Petrovic and Professor Veronica Strang at the Institute of Advanced Study

Interview with Oliver Stone

Interview with Oliver Stone

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Short interview clip of Oliver Stone with Professor Veronica Strang.

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.

“Lies, Damned Lies and …”: Is There Such a Thing as Reliable Evidence? Annual IAS London Event 2016
“Lies, Damned Lies and …”: Is There Such a Thing as Reliable Evidence? Annual IAS London Event 2016
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King Hussein Memorial Lecture 2016
King Hussein Memorial Lecture 2016
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‘Finding Common Ground: Negotiating Across Cultures on Peace and Security Issues’ - the annual King Hussein Memorial Lecture in Cultural Dialogue 2016 given by Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC FASSA FAIIA.


Contact Details

Institute of Advanced Study
Durham University
Cosin's Hall
Palace Green
Durham
DH1 3RL
Telephone: +44 (0)191 334 2589
Email: enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk

The Annual King Hussein Memorial Lecture in Cultural Dialogue

Beyond Bombs and Bandaids: the prospects for peace

To be given by Harriet Lamb (International Alert)
on 4 May 2017, 6.15pm
PLEASE REGISTER: with louise.bellenger@durham.ac.uk or online

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. 

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DATE Change:
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).
See: https://www.dur.ac.uk/ias/events/events_listings/?eventno=30260)