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Institute of Advanced Study

2012-2013 Durham International Fellowships for Research and Enterprise Scheme

(23 November 2011)

Applications are now being accepted for the second round of the Durham International Fellowships for Research and Enterprise Scheme.  The scheme is designed to gather together scholars, researchers, policy makers or practitioners from around the world to address themes of global significance in collaboration with Durham's Research Institutes and researchers.  For more information about the scheme please visit the DIFeREns website.

The first round of the Durham International Fellowships for Research and Enterprise Scheme has been very successful in attracting top names and the most talented researchers to Durham University, the 2011-2013 Fellows are named below:

2011-2012 Senior Research Fellows:  Professor Denis Arcon (Institute "Jozef Stefan", Solvenia), who will be hosted by the Chemistry DepartmentProfessor Yashodhan Hatwalne (Raman Research Institute) who will be hosted jointly by the Biophysical Sciences Institute (BSI) and Mathematical Sciences; Professor Susan Kieffer (University of Illinois) who is to be hosted by the Institute of Hazard Risk and Resilience (IHRR); Dr Isabella Lazzarini (Univerita del Molise) and Professor Walter Stephens (John Hopkins University, Baltimore) who are both to be hosted by the Institute of Medieval and Renaissance studies (IMRS).

The 2011-2012 Policy and Enterprise Fellows, all to be hosted by the IHRR, are: Dr Emmanuel Eliot (University of Rouen); Professor Gagnon (University of Quebec), Professor Manzurul Hassan (Jahangirnagar University) and Dr Timothy Sim (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)

There was an exceptional 2011-2012 cohort of Junior Research Fellows.  These are named here alongside their host departments and Institutes: Dr Yan-Chuan Cai (ICC); Dr Christoph Englert (IPPP); Dr David Gehring (IMRS), Dr Amalia Di Girolamo (DBS); Dr Gary King (WRI); Dr Hermine Landt (Physics Department), Dr Donald Lavigne (Classics and Ancient History); Dr Oystein Rolandsen (DGSI); Dr Alanna Rudzik (WRI); Dr Sebastian Sapeta (IPPP); Dr Laura Turnbull (IHRR); Dr Noa Vaisman (DGSI) and Dr Iftikhar Zaidi (DGSI). 

For more information about the 2012-2013 Scheme please visit the DIFeREns website.

IAS Conference Review

The IAS’s Decennial conference (July 12th-14th) brought former Fellows and other international visitors to Durham to build on ideas emerging during a year on the theme of Evidence. The first keynote, by Monica Grady, looked outwards into the cosmos for extra-terrestrial life, and concluded that there was no definitive evidence demonstrating its existence. However, she left the door open to finding such evidence, so it may still be that the proof is out there. Penny Harvey’s keynote was more down to earth, and focused on concrete evidence of material vitality through and exploration of… concrete. Panels and roundtables ranged across topics as diverse as evidence for the efficacy of psychotherapeutic analysis; the evidence of sentience in non-human beings and its implications for their use in scientific experiments; the intangible evidence of intangible heritage; and the ways in .which IASs can foster the bringing of evidence together in interdisciplinary collaborations. Details of the panels are available here.

Delegates greatly appreciated the warm welcome from the Vice Chancellor at the conference dinner, which was followed by a definitively uproarious game of Durham Bluff, in which, for the first time in a while, the Home Team managed to beat the Visitors with some exemplary mendacity.

A grande finale to the conference was provided by a public debate, in which lively argumentation swayed a preliminary ‘for’ vote towards a narrow defeat of a provocative motion proposing that this House Believes it is Possible to Apply Universal Standards of Evidence.