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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

2013/14 theme activities

Light plays a central role in the physics of the universe, in the sustenance of life, in the technology that drives societies, in physical and emotional well-being, in perceptions of natural and man-made environments, and in religious and literary metaphor. This theme developed links between the physics of light, the perceptions of light, the emotive effects of light and the representation of light in theology, philosophy and literature. It explored how light affects health and well-being and how pressures of modern societies, from advertising to security, lead to detrimental affects of light. It explored the new technological roles of light and socioeconomic changes these roles engender. The theme also provided an opportunity to explore the fundamental properties of light - a substance that still has not lost its ability to surprise and delight. Light was the Institute’s theme for 2013-14, interpreted in its broadest sense – scientifically, symbolically, philosophically, literarily, politically and sociologically.

2013/14 Events

Durham Book Festival Event - Debate: Is great science great fiction?

Durham Book Festival Event - Meet the Fellows

Durham Book Festival Event - Meet the Academic Authors

Durham Bluff Michaelmas 2013

Durham Bluff Epiphany Term 2014