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Institute of Advanced Study

Thematic Activities - 2017/18

2017/18 Subthemes


The IAS theme of Structure for academic year 2017/18 will address issues of major contemporary intellectual interest concerning Structure which is a key organizing concept in many areas of research and scholarship. Languages and narratives, social and biophysical systems, molecules and geological formations are all said to have structure, but what common concepts link these different sorts of structure? What does structure do, physically and conceptually? Can there be anything without structure?

The IAS Annual Programme for 2017/18 includes details of the variety of fascinating cross-disciplinary research projects that are being led by Durham academics this year.

Highlights in this year’s programme include: a three-day international conference exploring conceptualisations of ‘fundamental structures’ across a range of disciplines; a two-day workshop which aims to bring together historians, philosophers and scientists together to discuss the historical development of material science structural theory; a wide ranging programme that will consider Victorian interdisciplinarity focusing on the dynamics of interdisciplinary interaction in the formation and promulgation of individual disciplines. A further series of events aims to open up new debates about the ways in which people in antiquity and the early Middle Ages (AD c.300-c.800) restructured the world around them, or perceived its restructuring to be taking place, at both macro-and micro-levels; a two-day workshop will reflect on the role molecular models have played in scientific practice and the role they play in non-specialist representations of science; a further series of workshops will engage in discussion about structure and symmetry involving several disciplines including among others: music, molecular biology, zoology, physics, mathematics, law and psychology.

Future of the University: public lecture series

In addition to these activities and others, is the IAS co-convened The Future of the University public lecture series, which is free and open to all. This series is organised in conjunction with University College and speakers this year include among others Professor Judith Butler; Peter Horrocks CBE; Professor Louise Richardson; Professor Peter Coveney; Professor N. Kate Hayles; and the Rt Hon. the Lord David Willetts. The visiting IAS Fellows will also deliver public lectures during the course of Michaelmas and Epiphany terms and all details of both series are included within the progrogramme.

For further details follow this link.

2017/18 Annual Programme: Structure

In addition to this programme of events please review the comprehensive Events Calendar for all current details. Additional events may be added during the course of the year.

Contact: enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk if you have any questions