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Institute of Advanced Study

Fellows' Seminars

Fellows' seminars take place on Monday lunchtimes in the seminar room at Cosin's Hall.

Places are limited and so any academic colleagues interested in attending a seminar should contact the Institute in advance to reserve a place.

The aim of these seminars is to develop new thinking on the big issues that are of current concern/interest for the Fellows . Each Fellow is asked to present a core idea that informs their current work, or a problem that they are tackling, that could benefit from cross-disciplinary thinking. These seminars are informal and designed to encourage discussion. Details of each seminar will be published the week before the scheduled date.




Seminar Title 

Monday 20 January 2014


Professor Brad Tebo

The rock bottom of the food web 

Monday 27 January 2014


Professor Peter Adey

Light and Levitation: vertical critique 

Monday 3 February 2014


Dr Ulisses Barres de Almeida

The visible reminder of Invisible Light: Reason as 'openness to infinity' and the adventure of knowledge

Monday 10 February 2014


Professor Peter Gratton

Thinking Time after Platonism 

Monday 17 February 2014


Dr Tim Edensor

The contested aesthetics of illumination: class, taste and forms of local and vernacular creativity 

Monday 24 February 2014


Professor Jan Clarke

Back to Black: Variable Lighting Levels on the Seventeenth-Century French Stage

Monday 3 March 2014


Professor Eleanor Spaventa

The Gruffalo's EU: real and perceived issues in fundamental rights protection in the EU 

Monday 10 March 2014


Lesley Chamberlain

How Russia failed the Enlightenment – and the Enlightenment failed Russia

Monday 17 March 2014


Dr Norman Kleiman


Monday 24 March 2014


Julie Westerman