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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.

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.


Visual Evidence (Ghosts - the Evidence of Spirits) Public Lecture series : 'Ghostly Language': Wordsworth's ghosts and spectral subjectivity

13th October 2015, 18:15, Room ER140, Elvet Riverside Building, Dr Mark Sandy

This lecture focuses on the Romantic poetics of memory and the spectral geography of mourning to explore how those ghostly presences, which inhabit and haunt Wordsworthian landscapes are equally those figures of a poetic past (Milton, Spenser, and Wordsworth himself) whose return, through a series of imaginative allusions, both constitute Romantic writing and point to the spectralisation of Romanticism itself in Romantic and post-Romantic writing and theory. Paradoxically, then, Romanticism comprises its own 'ghostly memory of mourned absences' and the haunted presence of its own future absence.



The project consists of three separate, but complementary strands: a lecture series, an exhibition on ‘Ghost Stories’ held in October 2015 at the Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre; and a one-day workshop to take place at the IAS on 23 February 2016. Lectures will be held fortnightly on commencing 13 October at 6:15pm in Elvet Riverside 140. Lectures and the exhibition are open to all, though attendees at the opening event of the exhibition will need to register in advance.

For more information on this series of events, please click on this link.

 

This lecture is free and open to all.

Map - Elvet Riverside is denoted as building No. 25

Contact m.r.sandy@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


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)