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Institute of Advanced Study


'Unthought: The Power of the Cognitive Nonconscious' - new book by Professor N. Katherine Hayles (former IAS Fellow)

Former IAS (Emergence) Fellow, Professor N. Katherine Hayles has recently published her latest book 'Unthought: The Power of the Cognitive Nonconscious' (University of Chicago Press).

Professor Hayles is known for breaking new ground at the intersection of the sciences and the humanities. In Unthought, she once again bridges disciplines by revealing how we think without thinking—how we use cognitive processes that are inaccessible to consciousness yet necessary for it to function.

For further information see the University of Chicago Press.

(6 Jun 2017)

Volume 10 of Insights published

Volume 10 of the Institute of Advanced Study's E-journal 'Insights' have been published. This volume contains contributions on the theme of Evidence (2015/16) and earlier themes including Light (2013/14). 'Insights' contains the contributions from visiting Fellows and captures the cutting-edge research hosted at Durham each year. Every fellow writes for the series and the result is a unique collection of thought experiments, innovative research findings, theoretical statements, original reviews, and occasionally more fully worked treatises.

This volume will see additional contribtutions over the course of the year.

(5 Jun 2017)

2018/19 IAS Fellowship Scheme is open to receive applications

Applications for Fellowships in 2018/19 are now being accepted. Closing date – 30 June 2017. 

Launched in October 2006 to mark the 175th anniversary of the foundation of the University, the IAS aims to foster creative interdisciplinary thinking – and to communicate this to public audiences – through dialogue and collaboration across disciplinary boundaries. The Institute seeks to catalyse new ideas by bringing together internationally recognised academics as well as writers, artists and practitioners. 

At its core lies a generously funded International Fellowship programme which allows the IAS to invite scholars to Durham from the full spectrum of the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities to address research themes of global significance.

Fellows may contribute to the any of the four major projects support by the Institute during 2018/19 (see: and/or collaborate with other Durham scholars. 

An IAS fellowship provides the holder time to develop their research and ideas in a thriving academic community of scholars. Fellowships are offered for a three-month period between October to December 2018 and January to March 2019. 

Full details and information about the scheme can be located here. 

(18 May 2017)

Professor Nicholas Saul organises and addresses conference ‘Novalis und die Medizin’ ‘(Novalis and medicine’) at the International Novalis Society

Professor Nicholas Saul both organised and spoke at the conference of the Internationale Novalis-Gesellschaft 4-7 May 2017 to mark Friedrich von Hardenberg’s 245th birthday and also the 25th anniversary of the Society's foundation. The conference took place at Schloß Oberwiederstedt, the Hardenberg family Stammschloß (ancestral castle) and Novalis’s birthplace, in Sachsen-Anhalt. 

22 papers by leading international scholars including Nicolas Pethes, Alice Kuzniar, Dietrich von Engelhardt, Heinz Schott, Manfred Engel and Jürgen Barkhoff were delivered on the theme of 'Novalis und die Medizin‘ (Novalis and medicine). Professor Saul, who is Vice-President of the Socitey, spoke on ‘Blüthenstaub. Leben und Mitteilen. Zum Kommunikationsbegriff der Romantik’. 

The conference was sponsored by the State of Saxony-Anhalt (Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff), the Alfred Krupp von Bohler und Halbach-Stiftung, and the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina in Halle.

(12 May 2017)