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Institute of Advanced Study

Previous Seminars

Epiphany Term 2018

Date Time Fellow Seminar Title
8 January 2018 1.00pm Professor Robert Wood Understanding structure in human behavior, emotions and cognitions
15 January 2018 1.00pm Professor Thomas Vogt Emergence and Pathology of Concepts: Learning from “the man behind the curtain”
22 January 2018 1.00pm Professor Barbara Risman Does the gender structure need a new binary?
29 January 2018 1.00pm Professor Vasilis Politis Is philosophy necessary for all thinking and speaking?
5 February 2018 1.00pm Professor Nigel Rapport Loving Recognition: a proposal for the practical efficacy of love as a public virtue
19 February 2018 1.00pm Professor Sverre Raffnsøe
26 February 2018 1.00pm Dr Francesca Fulminante Settlement Scaling Theory and Pre-Roman Central Italy: quantitative and comparative approaches to ancient urbanism
5 March 2018 1.00pm Professor Boris Malomed Suppression of the quantum-mechanical collapse by repulsive interactions in bosonic gases
12 March 2018 1.00pm Dr Pascal Nicklas Towards an Aesthetics of Adaptation
19 March 2018 1.00pm Professor Michael Chapman Eternal Flames: architectural theory and production in the 1980s

MichaelmasTerm 2017

Date Time Fellow Seminar Title
09 October 2017 1.00pm Dr Tom Murray The structures of story: history, storytelling, utility and form
16 October 2017 1.00pm Professor Tiziana de Rogatis The Persistence of Myth and Ritual in the Modern Age
23 October 2017 1.00pm Dr Kathryn Yusoff Geologic Realism
30 October 2017 1.00pm Dr Jorg Kreienbrock Ptolemy’s Disciples and the Nomos of the Earth: The Structure of Geopolitical Space in German Thought (1890-1950)
06 November 2017 1.00pm Professor Dennis Beach The Future (and) Value of Ethnography for Education Research: thinking forward and looking back
13 November 2017 1.00pm Dr Wahbie Long Politics, psychotherapy and the puzzle of dualism
20 November 2017 1.00pm Professor William Thompson

Music and Violence

21 November 2017 1.00pm Dr Mike Church (CK Fellow)

'Structures' and the archaeology of coastal erosion in the North Atlantic islands

27 November 2017 1.00pm Professor Christian Ruby Is it a good idea to use iron containing nanoparticles for water treatment?
04 December 2017 1.00pm Dr Andy Martin

Studying the relationship between entropy and structure

11 December 2017 1.00pm Professor Nicholas Aroney

Structure and process in the explanation of federal systems

Epiphany Term 2017

Date Time Fellow Seminar Title
09 January 2017 1.00pm Professor Anna McCarthy Immigration, Integration and Infrastructure
16 January 2017 1.00pm Professor Mark Fricker The Importance of Oscillations?
23 January 2017 1.00pm Professor Clare McGlynn

Kaleidoscopic Justice: Mapping the dimensions of justice for survivors of sexual violence

30 January 2017 1.00pm Dr Anna Maerker Histories of Scale in Anatomical Modelling
06 February 2017 1.00pm Professor Jack Williams

Abrupt Climate Change: What is abrupt? How fast is fast?

13 February 2017 1.00pm Professor Hannah Smithson High-resolution in vivo imaging of the human retina: A window of opportunity for visual neuroscience
20 February 2017 1.00pm Dr Barbara Sattler Aristotle's Account of Measurement
27 February 2017 1.00pm Professor Ida Susser

Urban Social Movements: contentious performances in a challenging era

06 March 2017 1.00pm Professor Ranga Narayanan Interfacial Dynamics of Phase Change
13 March 2017 1.00pm Dr Susanne Braun The Dark Side of Leadership in Organisations
20 March 2017 1.00pm Professor John Hall Taking Megalomanias Seriously: On Empires, Nations and States
27 March 2017 1.00pm Professor Sara Cousins Depending on Scale - how to investigate effects on and conservation of biodiversity

Michaelmas Term 2016

Date Time Fellow Seminar Title
10 October 2016 1.00pm Professor Massimo Leone

Tipping the Balance: a comparative study of the scales in the visual rhetoric of justice

17 October 2016 1.00pm Professor Tim Clark

The “Anthropocene” concept in environmental literary criticism

24 October 2016 1.00pm Professor Ann McGrath

Grahame Clark’s Map of the World: Europe, Australia and Global Prehistory

31 October 2016 1.00pm Professor Hans Petter Graver

Applying the New Institutional Economics to Societies of Different Scale - Judges and Nazi pressure in Germany and Occupied Countries

14 November 2016 1.00pm

Dr Julia Prest

When black and white isn't black and white: researching the racial scale in the 21st-century
21 November 2016 1.00pm Dr Richard Walsh

Narrative Theory for Complexity Scientists? Narrative Cognition in an Interdisciplinary Context

28 November2016 1.00pm Dr Thomas Servais

Biogeography explained by palaeobiogeography: the present explained by the past

05 December 2016 1.00pm Dr Patrick McGivern

Are Some Scales More Natural Than Others?

12 December 2016 1.00pm Professor John Steele

Making a big picture out of small fragments: How should we write the history of Babylonian astronomy?

Epiphany Term 2016

Date Time Fellow Seminar Title
11 January 2016 1.00pm Professor John Brewer Evidence, art and attribution
18 January 2016 1.00pm Professor Tim May In Pursuit of Excellence and Relevance: reflections on building a university research centre
25 January 2016 1.00pm Professor Heather Douglas

Prosecuting domestic violence cases: Is a new offence the answer?

1 February 2016 1.00pm Dr Zoe Crossland Toward a semiotics of forensic evidence
8 February 2016 1.00pm Prof Bennett Zon Evolution and Victorian Musical Culture: Anti-Semitism and Hebrew Music of the Most Ancient Nation (1864)
22 February 2016 1.00pm Dr David Dryden At the interface of biology, physics and chemistry: the good, the bad and the ugly
29 February 2016 1.00pm Dr Jon Hesk Thinking fast, slow and better with the Greeks
7 March 2016 1.00pm Dr Matthew Eddy

The Politics of Cognition - Thinking through the Evidence for Liberalism, Evolution and Education in Victorian Britain

14 March 2016 1.00pm Professor Jessica Brown Must Evidence be True?
21 March 2016 1.00pm Dr David Macarthur The Invisibility of Everyday Psychology
29 March 2016 1.00pm Professor David Herman

Seminars Michaelmas 2015

Date Time Fellow Seminar Title
12 October 2015 1.00pm Prof Brian Belcher Seeking Evidence of Research Effectiveness: lessons from an international research-for-development programme
19 October 2015 1.00pm Prof Heike Egner

Observation and Evidence in the Anthropocene

26 October 2015 1.00pm Prof Claire Langhamer Historicising Emotions in the Workplace
2 November 2015 1.00pm Prof Penny Harvey Infrastructures of Evidential Form - challenges of partial translation between social regimes of fact making
9 November 2015 1.00pm Prof James Gardner

Evidence from the Inside: what we can learn from witnesses and survivors of volcanic eruptions

16 November 2015 1.00pm Prof Barbara Dancygier Multiple Viewpoints and Embodied Cognition: how we interpret multimodal artifacts
23 November 2015 1.00pm Prof Carlo Vecce

The Library of Leonardo da Vinci: Outlines of a Project

30 November 2015 1.00pm Prof Ted Gup

From Fact to Evidence: the cost and casualties of a shift from facts to evidence

7 December 2015 1.00pm Prof George Williams Recognising Aboriginal Peoples in the Australian Constitution

Seminars Epiphany 2015

Date Time Fellow Seminar Title
12 January 2015 1.00pm John Heil Panpsychism
19 January 2015 1.00pm Richard Read Negation, Possibilization, Emergence and the Reversed Painting
26 January 2015 1.00pm Richard Bower The Origin of the Universe: seeking contemporary answers to ancient questions
2 February 2015 1.00pm David Pritchard Democracy’s Impact on Warmaking in Ancient Athens and Today
9 February 2015 1.00pm Kalyan Perumalla Intersections of Emergence with Reversibility and Simulation

16 February 2015

1.00pm Martin Coward Crossing the threshold of concern: emergence as an affective assemblage
23 February 2015 1.00pm Garry Marvin Tracks: Walking with Animals in the Past
2 March 2015 1.00pm Kai Weise Reinterpreting authenticity – from exclusive to inclusive cultural heritage
9 March 2015 1.00pm David Geary Can Evolutionary Theory Inform Public Policy?
16 March 2015 1.00pm Katherine Hayles Nonconscious Cognition and Material Processes
23 March 2015 1.00pm Nick Saul The Emergence of the Posthuman in Dietmar Dath’s ‘Die Abschaffung der Arten’ (2008; ‘The Abolition of Species’): Narrative, Event, Complexity

Seminars Michaelmas 2014




Seminar Title

Monday 6 October 2014 1.00pm Tim Thornton On the role of the Constitutive Ideal of Rationality. Does inter-personal understanding emerge from shared rationality?
Monday 13 October 2014 1.00pm Alice Hills Same as it ever was? Causality and Africa's Police
Monday 20 October 2014 1.00pm Margaret Morrison Emergence, Complex Systems and Explanation
Monday 27 October 2014 1.00pm Stephanie Portet In vivo assembly of intermediate filaments: interplay between reaction and transport
Monday 3 November 2014 1.00pm Andrew Baldwin 'Race' and emergence: thinking 'race' as the 'yet to come'
Monday 10 November 2014 1.00pm
Monday 17 November 2014 1.00pm William Downes Relevance and Emergence
Monday 24 November 2014 1.00pm Nathan Citino Modernisation in US-Arab Relations, 1945-1967
Monday 1 December 2014 1.00pm Val Jones Future healthcare systems based on emergent technologies: how can we ensure good behavior?
Monday 8 December 2014 1.00pm Peter Cane The Emergence of Law
Monday 15 December 2014 1.00pm Howard and Frances Morphy Relative autonomy, socio-cultural tractories and the emergence of something new

Seminars Epiphany 2014




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

Seminars Michaelmas 2013




Seminar Title

Monday 14 October 2013


Professor Tom Mole

Romanticism and Early Photography: Painting Literature with Light

Monday 21 October 2013


Dr Ted Kaizer

Franz Cumont and the study of religious life at Dura-Europos

Monday 28 October 2013


Professor Michael Levine

Duckweed and Fish; Or What Do Socrates, W.B. Yeat’s and Holly Golightly Have in Common?

Monday 4 November 2013


Professor Glenn Brock

To MOOC or not to MOOC that is the question? The rise of Massive Open Online Courses and the future of science education in the university sector

Monday 11 November 2013


Linda France

Making Light: How a Poet Works

Monday 18 November 2013


Dr Juha Saatsi

Can we know the fundamental nature of light?

Monday 25 November 2013


Dr Fokko Jan Dijksterhuis

Perceptual Optics. Using the Eye to Understand Light and Colors from the 18th Century

Monday 2 December 2013


Dr Angharad Closs Stephens

The Affective Atmospheres of Nationalism

Monday 9 December 2013


Dr Bob Fosbury

Colours From Earth

Monday 16 December 2013


Dr Colin Lever

Chronic extracellular electrophysiological recording of multiple single neurons and local field potentials in the freely behaving rat: how the brain creates models of the world

Seminars Epiphany 2013


Monday 14 January 2013


Professor Liping Zhou

Monday 21 January 2013


Professor Bradley Epps

Monday 28 January 2013


Mary Manjikian (Fulbright Fellow)

Monday 4 February 2013


Dr Jonathan Ben-Dov

Monday 11 February 2013


Dr Caitríona Ni Dhúill

Monday 18 February 2013


Professor Robert Hannah

Monday 25 February 2013


Dr Wilf Wilde

Monday 4 March 2013


Professor Jerry Moore
Monday 11 March 2013 1.00pm

Professor Robert de Mello Koch

Monday 18 March 2013


Professor Barbara Graziosi

Seminars Michaelmas 2012


Monday 8 October 2012


Dr Robert Levine

Monday 15 October 2012


Dr Simon Prosser

Monday 22 October 2012


Dr David Martin-Jones

Monday 29 October 2012


Professor Péter Érdi

Monday 5 November 2012


Professor Udo Will

Monday 12 November 2012


Professor Sinkwan Cheng

Monday 19 November 2012


Professor Alia Al-Saji

Monday 26 November 2012


Professor Alison Wylie
Monday 3 December 2012 1.00pm

Dr Andy Wood

Seminars Epiphany 2012


Monday 16 January 2012


Professor Gail Hornstein

Monday 23 January 2012


Professor Elizabeth Edwards

Monday 30 January 2012


Professor Pier Paolo Saviotti

Monday 6 February 2012


Professor Ann Banfield

Monday 13 February 2012


Professor Sarah Green

Monday 20 February 2012


Professor Patricia Harvey

Monday 27 February 2012


Professor Kathleen Jamie

Monday 5 March 2012


Professor Nick Zangwill (Christopherson/Knott Fellow)
Monday 12 March 2012 1.00pm

Professor Lev Tarasov

Monday 19 March 2012


Dr Colin McFarlane (Christopherson/Knott Fellow)

Monday 14 May 2012


Professor Lynnette Leidy Sievert

Seminars Michaelmas 2011

Monday 10 October 2011


Professor Sander Gilman

Monday 17 October 2011


Dr Fabio Zampieri

Monday 24 October 2011


Professor Jer Kuszak

Monday 31 October 2011


Professor Kevin Flynn

Monday 7 November 2011


Dr Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly

Monday 14 November 2011


Dr Bronislaw Szerszynski

Monday 21 November 2011


Professor Marius Romme and Dr Sandra Escher

Monday 28 November 2011


Professor Elizabeth Archibald
Monday 5 December 2011 1.00pm

Mr Meredith Lloyd-Evans

Monday 12 December 2011 1.00pm Dr Daniel Paulusma (Christopherson/Knott Fellow)
Seminars Epiphany 2011

Monday 17 January 2011


Professor Stephen Taylor

Monday 24 January 2011


Dr Kathryn Banks

Monday 31 January 2011


Professor Mikhail Epstein

Monday 7 February 2011


Dr Ben Anderson

Monday 14 February 2011


Professor Rik Leemans

Monday 21 February 2011


Professor Paul O'Brien

Monday 28 February 2011


Mr Jonathon Porritt

Monday 7 March 2011


Dr Andrew Crumey

Monday 14 March 2011 1.00pm

Professor Marty Banks

Seminars Michaelmas 2010

Monday 11 October 2010


Professor Barbara Adam

Monday 18 October 2010


Professor Mary Carruthers

Monday 25 October 2010


Professor Barry Dainton

Monday 1 November 2010


Professor Stewart Clegg

Monday 8 November 2010


Professor Russell Jacoby

Monday 15 November 2010


Professor Holger Maehle

Monday 22 November 2010


Professor Henrietta Mondry

Monday 29 November 2010


Professor Barbara Graziosi

Monday 6 December 2010 1.00pm

Professor Andrew Pickering

Monday 13 December 2010 1.00pm

Professor Roland Robertson

Seminars Epiphany 2010

Monday 18 January


Professor Marilyn Strathern

Monday 25 January


Professor Monica Grady/
Professor Ian Wright

Monday 1 February


Dr Shlomi Dinar

Monday 8 February


Professor Stefan Helmreich

Monday 15 February


Dr Jenny Terry

Monday 22 February


Dr Muhammad Saidam

Monday 1 March


Dr Paola Ceccarelli

Monday 8 March


Dr Paul Langley

Monday 15 March 1.00pm Surajit Sarkar
Seminars Michaelmas 2009

Monday 12 October 2009


Professor Richard Arculus

Monday 19 October 2009


Professor Andy Baker

Monday 26 October 2009


Professor Ezio Todini

Monday 2 November 2009


Professor Christer Bruun

Monday 9 November 2009


Professor Iain Chambers

Monday 16 November 2009


Mr Ranjitsinh Gaekwad

Monday 23 November 2009


Professor Veronica Strang

Monday 7 December 2009


Mr Sudheer Gupta

Seminar Epiphany 2009

Monday 19 January 2009


Professor Nirmalangshu Mukherji

Monday 26 January 2009


Professor Tom Nairn

Monday 2 February 2009


Dr Ingo Gildenhard

Monday 9 February 2009


Professor Fran Bartkowski

Monday 16 February 2009


Professor Adi Ophir

Monday 23 February 2009


Chris Gollon

Monday 2 March 2009


Professor David Campbell

Monday 9 March 2009


Professor Abye Tasse

Monday 16 March 2009


Professor Eduardo Mendieta

Seminar Michaelmas 2008

Monday 6 October 2008


Professor Jill Gordon

Monday 13 October 2008


Professor Christopher Brooks

Monday 20 October 2008


Professor Robert Hariman

Monday 27 October 2008


Professor Mark Turner

Monday 10 November 2008


Dr Arun Saldanha

Monday 17 November 2008


Professor Maren Stange

Monday 24 November 2008


Professor Christa Davis Acampora

Monday 1 December 2008


Professor Sonia Kruks

Monday 8 December 2008


Dr Roger Smith

Monday 15 December 2008


Dr Charles Fernyhough