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Levitation: The Science, Myth and Magic of Suspension - New Book by Former IAS Fellow Peter Adey

Former IAS Light Fellow (2013/14) Professor Peter Adey explores the idea of levitation within cultural, scientific and spiritual lives. From science to illustration, poetry, philosophy, law, technology and a wider popular, spiritual and visual imagin­ation, Levitation casts the levitator as a far more vulnerable figure than we may have thought.

For further information see the Reaktion Books.

(14 Jul 2017)


Professor Ann McGrath

The world-class quality of IAS Fellows is reflected in a recent award to Professor Ann McGrath (year and theme) of an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship carrying a grant of $2.8 million AUD. Professor McGrath has also just been awarded the Honour of a Member of the Order of Australia. 

For additional information see: Professor Ann McGrath, ANU.

(26 Jun 2017)


'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)


From Light to Dark: new book from former IAS Fellow Dr Tim Edensor

Dr Tim Edensor (Manchester Metropolitan University) was an IAS Fellow during the IAS theme of Light in 2013/14. His latest book published by Minnesota University Press,  From Light to Dark, analyzes a vast array of artistic interventions, diverse spaces, and lighting technologies to explore these most basic human experiences.


Light pervades the world, and when it is not light, darkness emerges and is combated by electric illumination. Despite this globally shared human experience in which spaces appear radically different depending on time, season, and weather, social science investigation on the subject is meager. From Light to Dark fills this gap, focusing on our interaction with daylight, illumination, and darkness.

(26 Apr 2017) » More about From Light to Dark: new book from former IAS Fellow Dr Tim Edensor


Annual King Hussein Memorial Lecture 2017

Annual King Hussein Memorial Lecture 2017

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'Beyond Bombs and Bandaids: the prospects for peace' - the annual King Hussein Memorial Lecture in Cultural Dialogue 2017 given by Harriet Lamb (International Alert).