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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study


Michael O’Neill (1953-2018)

It is with great sadness that the Institute of Advanced Study reports the death of Michael O’Neill.  Professor O’Neill played a key role in establishing the IAS in 2005, and then ensured its continuing success as a co-Director for Arts & Humanities until 2011, and as Acting Executive Director between January 2011 and July 2012.  Durham has a great deal to thank Michael for in this regard. Due in part to Michael’s vision, the IAS is the envy of many other universities around the World. Michael recognised the importance of an institute that genuinely spans all disciplines, and the IAS is still one of the few that does this, attracting more than 240 eminent visiting fellows to participate in its intellectual endeavours. Michael was a brilliant scholar who displayed his erudition with warmth and humility. He will be sorely missed by all connected to the IAS.

For more on Michael’s intellectual contributions, please see:

(8 Jan 2019)

Institute of Advanced Study: Fellows and Projects

The Institute of Advanced Study is delighted to welcome its second cohort of 2018/19 Fellows. Several of these Fellows focus on supporting two interdisciplinary research projects, sponsored by the IAS this term, and led by Durham scholars.

Who are “We the People”? Community beyond the state
PI: Dr Amy Russell (Classics and Ancient History);

Dynamic Interactions at Cell Membrane Interfaces
PI: Dr Kislon Voïtchovsky (Physics)

Further details of these projects, its associated Fellows, and activities planned for this year can be found at

(7 Jan 2019) » More about Institute of Advanced Study: Fellows and Projects