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IAS ‘Scale’ Theme for 2016/17: Deadline for Proposals and Fellowship Nominations - Friday 13 March 2015

Following its university-wide consultation and announcement of its 2016/17 theme, ‘Scale’, the Institute of Advanced Study recently held a scoping meeting to discuss the potential sub-themes under which proposals for activities may coalesce.

(12 Feb 2015) » More about IAS ‘Scale’ Theme for 2016/17: Deadline for Proposals and Fellowship Nominations - Friday 13 March 2015


Institute of Advanced Study – 2016/17 Theme Scoping Meeting


The IAS has organised a scoping meeting to discuss the 2016/17 theme of ‘Scale’ and potential sub-themes on 04 February 2014, 12.30pm at St Aidan’s College, (Lindisfarne Centre). Lunch will be made available from 12.30pm with the meeting formally commencing at 1.00pm. 

The major aim of the meeting is to discuss ideas and explore common ground. The IAS Directors will also put forward some (provisional) sub-themes to assist discussions. Colleagues who are interested in submitting activity proposals are therefore asked to provide the IAS with a short outline of ideas (no more than 500 words) by 23 January 2015.

Colleagues interested in attending the meeting or submitting an outline should contact Linda Crowe (Ext 44686).

(14 Jan 2015)


Institute of Advanced Study – Epiphany Term Fellows 2014/15


The Institute of Advanced Study is delighted to welcome its second cohort of Fellows connected with its 2014/15 Emergence year. 

(14 Jan 2015) » More about Institute of Advanced Study – Epiphany Term Fellows 2014/15


IAS Theme for 2016/17 Announced


Following university-wide consultation, the Institute of Advanced Study has chosen Scale as its research theme for the academic year 2016/17. This theme engendered enthusiasm across all three Faculties.

On 04 February 2015 the Institute will host a Scoping Meeting (at St Aidan's College, 12.30pm). The major aim is for groups simply to discuss ideas and explore common ground. The IAS Directors will also put forward some (provisional) sub-themes to assist discussions. Colleagues who are interested in submitting activity proposals are therefore asked to provide the IAS with a short outline of ideas (no more than 500 words) by 23 January 2015.

Ideas/proposals and any queries should be directed to Linda Crowe (44686)

(14 Nov 2014)


Congratulations to former IAS Fellow, Professor Andy Wood, winner of the AHA's 2014 Leo Gershoy Award

Former IAS Time Fellow, Professor Andy Wood is the winner of the American Historical Association's 2014 Leo Gershoy Award, for his book The Memory of the People: Custom and Popular Senses of the Past in Early Modern England (Cambridge Univ. Presswhich is the first major study of popular memory in the early modern period and based on twenty years' research and thought.

(3 Nov 2014)


Latest Edition of Kaleidoscope published

Issue 6.1 of the IAS's and Ustinov College's postgraduate journal Kaleidosope has been published on the theme of Light, the IAS's theme during the 2013/14 academic year.

(16 Oct 2014) » More about Latest Edition of Kaleidoscope published


Institute of Advanced Study – Michaelmas Term Fellows 2014/15

The Institute of Advanced Study is delighted to welcome its first cohort of Fellows connected with its 2014/15 Emergence year. 

(1 Oct 2014) » More about Institute of Advanced Study – Michaelmas Term Fellows 2014/15


Durham Bluff at Transfusion and Transformation: the Creative Potential of Interdisciplinary Knowledge Exchange - 16 July 2014

At the Institute of Advanced Study’s international conference Transfusion and Transformation: the Creative Potential of Interdisciplinary Knowledge Exchange (July 15th-17th 2014) the conference dinner was followed, not by the usual after-dinner speech, but by the IAS’s unique approach to exchanging disciplinary languages: a game of Durham Bluff.

(17 Jul 2014) » More about Durham Bluff at Transfusion and Transformation: the Creative Potential of Interdisciplinary Knowledge Exchange - 16 July 2014


Human Contrast Threshold and Astronomical Visibility


Following his collaboration with Durham researchers, former IAS Fellow Andrey Crumey has just published findings presenting astronomers with a new model for gauging visibility in light pollution. This interdisciplinary work also reveals that light pollution has grown faster in recent decades than was previously recognised. The article can be found at http://arxiv.org/abs/1405.4209

(27 May 2014)


Talking History with Professor Barbara Graziosi

IAS Director Professor Barbara Graziosi’s recent radio broadcast for Talking History can be heard at: http://newstalk.ie/player/shows/Talking_History/26/9950/18th_May_2014_-_Talking_History_Part_1 – (listen from 05:39 to 58:06).

(18 May 2014)


2015-16 IAS Fellowship Scheme is open to receive applications

Applications for Fellowships in 2015-16 are now being accepted. Closing date – Sunday 08 June 2014.

Launched in October 2006 to mark the 175th anniversary of the foundation of the University, the IAS is Durham University’s leading research institute. Its aim is 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 UK and international Fellowship programme which allows the IAS to invite scholars from the full spectrum of the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities to address research themes of global significance.

Fellows will contribute to the Institute’s annual theme, which for 2015-16 is Evidence, interpreted in its broadest sense – scientifically, symbolically, legally, philosophically, literarily, politically, economically, and sociologically.

An IAS fellowship provides the holder with the space and time to develop their research and ideas in a thriving academic community of scholars of national and international standing. Fellows will engage and forge strong links with at least one department at Durham, and be given the opportunity to deliver papers at events organised to coincide with the annual theme. Fellowships are offered for a three-month period and the IAS supports up to 10 fellowships per semester. The first semester covers the period October to December 2015, the second semester covers the period January to March 2016. Full details and information about the scheme can be located here.

(23 Apr 2014)


IAS Fellow Linda France wins National Poetry Competition

Linda Frances' poem about imagining an encounter between a buttoned-up man and a flirtatious flower scoops £5,000 prize, with Maggie Sawkins picking up Ted Hughes award for innovation in poetry. 

(1 Apr 2014) » More about IAS Fellow Linda France wins National Poetry Competition


IAS ‘Evidence’ Theme for 2015/16: Proposals and Fellowship Nominations open to Durham Colleagues

Following its university-wide consultation and announcement of its 2015/16 theme, ‘Evidence’, the Institute of Advanced Study recently held a scoping meeting to discuss the potential sub-themes under which proposals for activities may coalesce. The discussion was wide-ranging and involved almost 30 staff across 16 departments.

The following potential sub-themes have been identified:

  • Evidence, Policy and Regulation
  • Evidence and Representation
  • Unreliable Evidence
  • Evidence and Interdisciplinarity
  • Evidence and Experience
  • Visual Evidence
  • Evidence and Spatio-temporality

 Any staff member interested in any of these sub-themes should make contact with the IAS.

In addition, if colleagues have an idea for a research activity that does not fit under any of these headings, but is innovative and interdisciplinary, they are still encouraged to submit an activity proposal.

The deadline for returning proposals for activities and nominating potential fellows is 13 March 2014.

Proposals (including nominations for Fellows) should be made using the pro-formas available to download from the IAS website on the ‘Annual Themes’ page under ‘Evidence’. There is no need for detailed project development at this stage: we are simply looking for summary project descriptions that highlight creativity, relevance and outcomes. The pro-formas will assist the IAS Directors to make decisions when they discuss all of the sub-theme proposals at their meeting on 24 March. The details of the theme and the timescales mentioned above are also available at https://www.dur.ac.uk/ias/themes/evidence/timescales/.

Any queries or questions should be directed to the Institute Administrator, Linda Crowe.

(6 Feb 2014)


In St Cuthbert’s Time – The Sounds of Lindisfarne and the Gospels

In conjunction with the exhibition of the Lindisfarne Gospels in Durham (July to September 2013), the Institute of Advanced Study led a collaboration with world-leading sound recordist Chris Watson and scholars in archaeology and history/medieval studies, to create a unique sound installation that attempted to recreate the acoustic landscape of Lindisfarne at the time the Gospels were being written. The installation at Durham Cathedral’s Holy Cross Chapel coincided with the 3-month Gospels exhibition. A CD of the Chris’ composition is now available.

TO:89 – Chris Watson “In St Cuthbert’s Time” – CD: Digipak CD + 24pp booklet (4 tracks – 58:28) http://www.touchmusic.org.uk/catalogue/to89_chris_watson_in_st_cuthbe.htm

(5 Nov 2013)


Transfusion and Transformation: the Creative Potential of Interdisciplinary Knowledge Exchange – Call for Papers

This international conference which takes place on 15 – 17 July 2014 examines the creative potential of interdisciplinarity, exploring how the comparison and exchange of disciplinary approaches can offer fresh insights and spark new lines of thought, not only complementing the strengths of more focused disciplinary approaches, but also comprising an important part of the process through which all disciplines negotiate, develop and transform over time.

The call for papers is now open. Paper abstracts should be no more than 300 words in length, and should be submitted by 30 January 2014 using Easy Chair (see: https://www.dur.ac.uk/ias/2014conference/callforpapers/ for detailed instructions). Papers can be proposed with a view to being included in a specific panel (please state preferences clearly), or can simply be submitted, in which case the conference committee will direct them towards appropriate panels, or into a more general event.

If you have any queries please contact the Conference Administrator Linda Crowe (linda.crowe@durham.ac.uk).

(1 Nov 2013)


Durham Emergence Project: Call for Proposals

The Durham Emergence Project is pleased to announce its fellowship programme, supported by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation. Proposals are invited from either research teams or single researchers for scientific and philosophical research into the conceptual foundations and empirical possibility of strong emergence. Interdisciplinary proposals involving researchers from both philosophy and the sciences are particularly encouraged, as are proposals from early-career researchers. Additional information can be found by visiting: https://www.dur.ac.uk/emergence/

(8 Oct 2013)


IAS International Conference 2014 – Call for Panels: deadline 30 September 2013

‘Transfusion and Transformation: the Creative Potential of Interdisciplinary Knowledge Exchange – Conference July 15 – 17 2014.

The deadline for panel submission is Monday 30 September 2013. Panel convenors are asked to provide a title for their panel, and a short abstract (no more than 500 words) outlining the core themes and aims of the proposed panel, and possibly including some questions that the panel might address. If convenors already have some potential participants please list these. Convenors are also welcome to attach details about papers if available, but this is not essential. Panel proposals should be sent direct to the IAS Administrator Linda Crowe (linda.crowe@durham.ac.uk)

Panels will be announced in early November 2013, at which point there will be a call for papers. Paper abstracts should be no more than 500 words in length, and should be submitted by 30 January 2014 using the Easy Chair (see: https://www.dur.ac.uk/ias/2014conference/callforpapers). Panel convenors will be sent the paper proposals relating to their panels to decide whether or not to include these. Where papers seem to have potential academic merit but do not fit the panels to which they have been submitted, convenors can ask the IAS to try to find an alternate ‘home’ for them.

(19 Sep 2013)


How Representation Became a Problem: The Rise of an Optics of Vision in the Seventeenth Century

Professor Stephen Gaukroger (University of Sydney) delivers the first lecture in the IAS Light Year Series: 07 October 2013, 6.15pm (details).

(18 Sep 2013)


Transfusion and Transformation: the Creative Potential of Interdisciplinary Knowledge Exchange – Call for Panels

Transfusion and Transformation: the Creative Potential of Interdisciplinary Knowledge Exchange is an international conference hosted by the Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University, between 15 – 17 July 2014.

The conference will examine the creative potential of interdisciplinarity, exploring how the comparison and exchange of disciplinary approaches can offer fresh insights and spark new lines of thought, not only complementing the strengths of more focused disciplinary approaches, but also comprising an important part of the process through which all disciplines negotiate, develop and transform over time.

A call for panels is now open (deadline 30 September 2013). A call for papers will be made in November 2013. For further information please follow this link.

(10 Jul 2013)


Pieces of Light longlisted for the 2013 Society of Biology Book Awards

Former IAS Fellow Dr Charles Fernyhough has seen his latest book Pieces of Light longlisted for the 2013 Society of Biology Book Awards in the General Biology Book category. A product of Dr Fernyhough’s Fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Study during its 2008/09 Being Human year, Pieces of Light was also longlisted for the 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books and the shortlisted for the Foyles/Festival of Ideas Best Book of Ideas prize.

(8 Jul 2013)


Launch of the IAS 2014-15 Fellowship

The 2014-15 IAS Fellowship Scheme is now open to recruitment. The deadline for applications is 09 June 2013. The theme for 2014-15, for which applications will be invited, is ‘Emergence’, interpreted in its broadest sense to be of potential interest to those working in a wide range of disciplines.

IAS Fellowships are available for a 3-month period between October 2014 and March 2015. Applications are considered from mid-late career scholars and non-academics who have an established international reputation, have shaped their field, and can provide evidence of research leadership and/or public impact. They are expected to have played a significant role in shaping their field through their outputs, achievements and markers of esteem. Applications are also considered from early-mid career individuals who have an emerging international reputation and are beginning to shape the agenda in their field. However, please note that these Fellowships are not available to undergraduate or postgraduate students. The fellowships will be offered to those whose research complements the 2014-15 annual theme. The IAS seeks to develop a truly global perspective by ensuring that its fellows are recruited from all over the world. Up to 20 IAS Fellowships are available in 2014-15 and Durham academics are welcome to apply.

For further details of the Emergence theme, please visit: http://www.dur.ac.uk/ias/themes/emergence/ 

For further details about the 2014-15 IAS Fellowships, please visit: http://www.dur.ac.uk/ias/fellows/furtherparticulars/

(21 May 2013)


Professor Alison Wylie becomes the SWIP Distinguished Woman Philosopher for 2013

The Society of Women in Philosophy has chosen former IAS Fellow Professor Alison Wylie to be the recipient of this year’s Distinguished Woman Philosopher award. Wylie will be honored at the traditional panel session held by SWIP.

A professor of Philosophy and Anthropology at the University of Washington (Seattle) her research ranges widely across philosophical issues including the philosophy of science, feminism, and standpoint theory.

(21 May 2013)


'Whose account matters? A challenge to feminist psychologists', an essay by former IAS Fellow Professor Gail Hornstein


Gail Hornstein, Professor of Psychology at Mount Holyoke College and fomer IAS Fellow during the IAS Futures II theme year, has published her latest essay in 'Feminism & Psychology' (February 2013 23: 29-40; Sage). Hornstein's recent research has centered on the history of 20th-century psychology, psychiatry, and psychoanalysis. She has a particular interest in patients' experiences.

(11 Mar 2013)


Former IAS Fellow, Professor Sonia Kruks publishes 'Simone de Beauvoir and the Politics of Ambiguity'

Political philosopher Professor Sonia Kruks best known for her scholarly work on the political and social ideas of the French existentialists has published her latest work, 'Simone de Beauvoir and the Politics of Ambiguity' (Oxford University Press). Kruks developed this study during her Fellowship at the IAS in 2008-09 during the IAS's 'Being Human' theme.

This work is the first full-length study of Beauvoir's political thinking. Kruks here locates Beauvoir in her own intellectual and political context and demonstrates her continuing significance. Beauvoir still speaks, in a unique voice, to many pressing questions concerning politics: the values and dangers of liberal humanism; how oppressed groups become complicit in their own oppression; how social identities are perpetuated; the Limits to rationalism; and the place of emotions, such as the desire for revenge, in politics. In discussing such matters Kruks puts Beauvoir's ideas into conversation with those of many contemporary thinkers, including feminist and race theorists, as well as with historical figures in the liberal, Hegelian, and Marxist traditions.

(11 Mar 2013)


'Velvet Prisons' : Professor Russell Jacoby explores the American academy, political life, and popular culture from the 1950s to the present


Former IAS Fellow, author and critic Professor Russell Jacoby, University of California at Los Angeles, discusses American academicia and culture. This hour-long documentary explores the foibles of the American academy, political life, and popular culture from the 1950s to the present.

(5 Feb 2013) » More about 'Velvet Prisons' : Professor Russell Jacoby explores the American academy, political life, and popular culture from the 1950s to the present


Sir Derman Christopherson/Sir James Knott Foundation Fellowships Announced

The Institute of Advanced Study is delighted to confirm that applications for the Sir Derman Christopherson/Sir James Knott Foundation Fellowships are being accepted for the academic year 2013-14.

The Fellowships are to enable members of the University's academic staff to undertake three months’ full-time research or, in appropriate cases, to engage in creative work or composition related to their normal full-time duties. Applications are welcome from researchers with an established or emerging international reputation. The closing date for applications is 11th February 2013.

For further information ad full application procedures please click here.

(9 Jan 2013)


The IAS welcomes its Michaelmas Cohort of Visiting Fellows


The Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) is delighted to welcome its first cohort of Fellows connected with its 2012-13 Time year, who have recently joined the Institute.   

This term’s Fellows include Professor Udo Will from the Ohio State University. Udo is professor of Cognitive Ethnomusicology whose research covers topics from functional neuroanatomy and evolution of the vertebrate auditory system to cognitive aspects of music performances in oral cultures, rhythm and melody processing; Professor Bob Levine, author of four books including the award winning ‘A Geography of Time’ as well as over 60 articles;  and Dr David Martin-Jones, Director of the Centre for Film Studies at the University of St. Andrews. 

Whilst at Durham, all our Fellows will be engaging and collaborating with colleagues on a number of different inter-disciplinary Durham-led projects connected to the Time year, delivering seminars and public lectures, and engaging with their College.  Further details of all the programmes of work being taken forward during 2012-13 and details of this term’s IAS Fellows and how to contact them can be found by visiting: http://www.dur.ac.uk/ias/fellows/1213/.


(24 Sep 2012)


IAS Policy and Enterprise Fellow - Linda France

Linda France, an IAS Policy and Enterprise Fellow from October – December 2013, has been awarded substantial Arts Council/National Lottery funding to conduct ongoing research into the relationship with plants and Botanic Gardens in this country and abroad.

(11 Sep 2012) » More about IAS Policy and Enterprise Fellow - Linda France


Former IAS Fellow Awarded CBE in Queen Elizabeth II's Birthday Honours


Former IAS Fellow and Professor of Planetary and Space Science at the Open University, Professor Monica Grady has been awarded a CBE for her services to space science in Queen Elizabeth II's birthday honours.  Monica, Head of the Department of Physical Science and based in the Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space & Astronomical Research (CEPSAR), is an expert in meteorites.

The Institute congratulates her success.

 

(18 Jun 2012)


A warm Durham welcome for Professor Marc Stears


Marc Stears,  Professor of Political Theory at Oxford University, was given a warm welcome on 10th May 2012 as he delivered the 4th King Hussein Memorial Lecture in Cultural Dialogue. This annual lecture promotes top-level reflection on intercultural understanding and the creative possibilities of mutual intercultural enrichment. The theoretical work that needs to be done in this area is extensive and urgent, both at a national and an international level, and there are original and creative voices that need to be heard. This annual lecture is given at Durham under the auspices of the Institute of Advanced Study, working closely with the School of Government and International Affairs, the Department of Theology and Religion, and the University's International Office.

Professor Stears gave his lecture, entitled 'Everyday Democracy: How New Relationships Can Help Overcome Social Segregation and Build a Common Good' to a diverse audience comprised of academics, members of the student community as well as the general public.

To watch the lecture please follow this link.

(30 May 2012)


2013-14 IAS Fellowship Scheme is open to receive applications


Applications for Fellowship in 2013-14 are now being accepted until Sunday 17th June 2012.

At the core of IAS activities lies a funded fellowship programme. This allows the IAS to host intellectuals and public figures of world class standing drawn from the full spectrum of science, social science and arts and humanities disciplines. They are available to scholars and non-academics (e.g. intellectuals, artists, writers, journalists, policy makers, and politicians) throughout the UK and abroad.

Fellows will contribute to the Institute's annual theme, which for 2013-14 is "Light", interpreted in its broadest sense - scientifically, symbolically, legally, philosophically, literarily, politically, economically, and sociologically.  An IAS fellowship provides the holder with the space and time to develop their research and ideas in a thriving academic community of scholars of national and international standing. Fellows will engage and forge strong links with at least one department at Durham, and be given the opportunity to deliver papers at events organised to coincide with the annual theme.  Fellowships are normally offered for a three-month period and the IAS supports up to 10 fellowships per semester. The first semester covers the period October to December 2013, the second semester covers the period January to March 2014. IAS Fellowships are not available during April-June or the Christmas and Summer vacations.

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

(15 May 2012)


Institute of Advanced Study hosts an evening to discuss the role of the public intellectual in classical Athens and today at the Royal Society


The Institute of Advanced Study is proud to host an evening with Professor Barbara Graziosi, Director, for the Arts and Humanities, of the Institute of Advanced Study together with three distinguished guests: 

  • Edith Hall, is a leading authority on ancient drama and democracy. Known for her humorous style of lecturing, Hall has made many television and radio appearances as well as acting as consultant for professional theatre productions, and holding a research chair in classics at King's College London.
  • Bettany Hughes, one of the most influential TV presenters of classical civilisation programmes and author of Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore (Pimlico) and The Hemlock Cup: Socrates, Athens, and the Search for the Good Life (Jonathan Cape).
  • Charlotte Higgins, chief arts and culture writer of The Guardian. She is also the author of Latin Love Lessons, and It's All Greek to Me (both published by Short Books). Winner of the 2010 Classical Association Prize.

Professor Graziosi and our distinguished guests will discuss the role of the public intellectual in classical Athens and today at the Royal Society in London.

(15 May 2012) » More about Institute of Advanced Study hosts an evening to discuss the role of the public intellectual in classical Athens and today at the Royal Society


2011/12 International Junior Research Fellowships

Durham University is delighted to announce its new Junior Research Fellowship Scheme, designed to attract the most talented researchers in Europe and beyond, and to build international networks of scholars with a common passion for today's most important research challenges.  

(6 Jul 2011) » More about 2011/12 International Junior Research Fellowships


Black River Business

Following the UK launch of the film, 'Black River Business', at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle, we are delighted to announce that this film is now available to download, free of charge, from the IAS wesbsite.   

(25 May 2011) » More about Black River Business


Launch of 2012-13 IAS Fellowship Scheme

The theme for 2012/13, for which applications are now invited, is Time, interpreted in its broadest sense to be of potential interest to those working in a wide range of disciplines.  

(25 May 2011) » More about Launch of 2012-13 IAS Fellowship Scheme


UK Launch of Black River Business

Black River Business

On 19 April 2011, the IAS will be hosting the UK launch of 'Black River Business', a film produced by Indian documentary film-maker, Sudheer Gupta.   A film about the decline of the River Yamuna in Dehli, Gupta - who was an IAS Fellow at the end of 2009 as part of the Institute's year long focus on Water - explores how, as a result of rapid development in India and its associated waste, the river has slowly turned black.

(13 Apr 2011) » More about UK Launch of Black River Business


Charles Tripp - Thinking Allowed

Charles Tripp, Professor of Politics with reference to the Middle East at the School of Oriental and African Studies, featured on BBC Radio 4's Thinking Allowed programme (16 February) to discuss the subject of his forthcoming public lecture in Durham on 25 February.

(10 Feb 2011) » More about Charles Tripp - Thinking Allowed


The World in 2050

As never before, we seek to predict, manage and control our planet's future which looks precarious on many fronts.  But in the past, many views of the future imagined a perfect society of peace and prosperity which science was surely driving us towards - a Utopia. It's an idea that's been tarnished by failed attempts to create the 'perfect' society and by a growing mistrust of science and scientists. But can society progress without an ideal of the good life to aim for?

(24 Jan 2011) » More about The World in 2050


IAS to feature on BBC Radio 4's 'Thinking Allowed'

Laurie Taylor talks to IAS Executive Director, Professor Ash Amin; the Bishop of Whitby, Martin Warner; and IAS Fellows Professors Russell Jacoby and Barbara Graziosi about whether we can imagine 'utopia' in the 21st century.

(23 Dec 2010) » More about IAS to feature on BBC Radio 4's 'Thinking Allowed'


Institute of Advanced Study and the Royal Society host an evening on the magic of science with Bill Bryson and Lord Martin Rees

Bill Bryson

The Institute of Advanced Study is proud to host an evening with international best-selling author Bill Bryson in conversation with four distinguished contributors to the book Seeing Further: the Story of Science and the Royal Society.   This event will feature award winning biographer Richard Holmes OBE; science writer, broadcaster, and biographer, Georgina Ferry; award winning science writer, Philip Ball; and President of the Royal Society, Lord Martin Rees.   

(14 Sep 2010) » More about Institute of Advanced Study and the Royal Society host an evening on the magic of science with Bill Bryson and Lord Martin Rees


Former IAS Fellow hopes to examine the first samples ever grabbed from the surface of an asteroid

Professor Monica Grady, IAS Fellow (January-March 2010), is hoping to be involved in the work to examine the contents of the Japanese space capsule which landed in the Australian Outback on Sunday night (13 June).

(25 Jun 2010) » More about Former IAS Fellow hopes to examine the first samples ever grabbed from the surface of an asteroid


Chris Gollon: Humanity in Art

We are delighted to announce that Tamsin Pickeral's book on former IAS artist-in-residence, Chris Gollon, will be published on 20 May 2010.    

(24 Jun 2010) » More about Chris Gollon: Humanity in Art


Experts map out challenges of providing the world with safe, clean water

Water scarcity and providing clean water will be among the issues discussed at a series of free public lectures at Durham University next Monday (March 22).

(15 Mar 2010) » More about Experts map out challenges of providing the world with safe, clean water


Maharaja presents public sculpture to Durham

His Highness the Maharaja of Baroda, Ranjitsinh Gaekwad, formally unveiled his public sculpture ‘Vessels of Life’ in Durham today (Wednesday, November 25, 2009). The sculpture, commissioned by Durham University as a piece of public art, will be positioned permanently in the Botanic Garden amongst the garden’s oriental collection.

(25 Nov 2009) » More about Maharaja presents public sculpture to Durham


Baroness Helena Kennedy to deliver public lecture on Democracy, Liberty and Human Rights

Durham University is honoured to have Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, one of the most prominent barristers in the UK, present the second King Hussein Memorial Lecture in Cultural Dialogue.

(30 Oct 2009) » More about Baroness Helena Kennedy to deliver public lecture on Democracy, Liberty and Human Rights


Durham Alumnus George Alagiah OBE helps launch Durham Book in London

The Durham University Society Association for Durham Alumni (DUSada) hosted a wonderful launch event for the Durham University book, 'Thinking About Almost Everything', at the British Academy in London on Tuesday evening (19 May 2009). The event, which was sold out within 48 hours, was attended by over 70 Durham alumni, as well as other friends and supporters of the University, and saw a wide ranging and lively discussion unfold around some of the themes addressed in the book, but with a particular focus on the science/culture interface, a long standing vexed issue, recurrently sparked by debates such as evolution and creationism, ethics of genetic engineering, and interventions to prolong life. The discussion was excellently chaired by renowned broadcaster, author and Durham University alumnus George Alagiah OBE, and the panel comprised Professors Ash Amin and Michael O’Neill, co-editors of the book, and three of the book’s contributors, Professor Chris Hutchison (Biological Sciences), Dr Robert Song (Theology and Religion), and Professor Pat Waugh (English Studies).

(21 May 2009) » More about Durham Alumnus George Alagiah OBE helps launch Durham Book in London


Chris Gollon 'Being Human' Exhibition

Ecstasy (Cartoon---Charles Bonnet Syndrome)

Established British artist Chris Gollon was a Fellow and first Artist in Residence at the Institute of Advanced Study from January until March 2009. His powerful and innovative paintings came to the attention of the Directors of the IAS in 2007, and together with some of the world’s leading academics and creative thinkers he was invited to take part in the Institute's 'Being Human' theme. This exhibition at IAP Fine Art, London, entitled ‘Being Human’, shows the 16 paintings that Chris completed during his residency and also the preliminary work that he completed in preparation prior to taking up his Fellowship. The paintings were first exhibited in Durham at a special preview on 19 March 2009 before being moved to London for the May/June exhibition. Chris has generously gifted two of the 16 pictures to the Institute which will be permanently hung in Cosin’s Hall at the close of the Being Human exhibition.

(13 May 2009) » More about Chris Gollon 'Being Human' Exhibition


Thinking About Almost Everything - London Launch

Michael O'Neill, Bill Bryson, Ash Amin

The Durham University book Thinking About Almost Everything, edited by IAS Directors Professors Ash Amin and Michael O’Neill, will be launched at an intimate evening reception at the British Academy on Tuesday 19 May 2009, thanks to the Durham University Society Association for Durham Alumni.

(13 May 2009) » More about Thinking About Almost Everything - London Launch


Author Bill Bryson launches University’s book of ‘big ideas’

BEST-selling author Bill Bryson tomorrow (Thursday, March 5 2009) launches a pioneering new book from Durham University, which tackles with style and seriousness some of the world’s most challenging issues.

(3 Mar 2009) » More about Author Bill Bryson launches University’s book of ‘big ideas’


South African sculptor chooses Durham for first exhibition outside London

Image: Bom boys (detail). 1998. Photo by Roger Woolridge. © Jane Alexander.

An exhibition of sculptures by internationally acclaimed South African artist, Jane Alexander, is taking place in the Galilee Chapel of Durham Cathedral from 3 March until 22 March 2009.

Durham University, with the support of Durham Cathedral and sponsors that include the Northern Rock Foundation, Santander Bank, and the North American Foundation for Durham University, proudly presents an exhibition “On Being Human”

The exhibition – Jane Alexander’s first ever in the UK outside London - is part of Durham University’s Institute of Advanced Study’s year-long examination of what it means to be human in the 21st Century.

(9 Feb 2009) » More about South African sculptor chooses Durham for first exhibition outside London


Durham Alumni supporting the very best research at Durham

Graham Baker presenting cheque to IAS Directors

The IAS has recently received a cheque for £15,000 from Durham University Society–association for Durham Alumni (DUSADA). This generous donation, raised by DUSADA during 2007/08 from a range of events, will help underpin the Institute's Fellowship scheme over the next 3-4 years.

(21 Oct 2008) » More about Durham Alumni supporting the very best research at Durham


Revenge, Forgiveness, Stupidity, Compassion: what is it to be human in the 21st Century?

In an age of growing technological intervention in our lives and in our health, with a growing demand to respect the rights of nature and animals, and in a rapidly changing, increasingly uncertain world, Durham University’s Institute of Advanced Study believes that it is time to explore the very essence of what it means to be human in the 21st Century. In a series of public lectures taking place in Durham over the next three months, internationally renowned scholars staying at the Institute will address many different aspects of the Institute’s ‘Being Human’ research theme.

(20 Oct 2008) » More about Revenge, Forgiveness, Stupidity, Compassion: what is it to be human in the 21st Century?


New Forum for Ideas Launched

Insights is a high quality on-line publication which captures the cutting-edge research hosted at the Institute of Advanced Study at Durham University. Up to twenty distinguished and ‘fast-track' Fellows reside at the IAS in any academic year. They are world-class scholars who come to Durham to participate in a variety of events around a core inter-disciplinary theme, which changes from year to year. Every fellow who visits the IAS writes for this series and the result is a unique collection of thought experiments, innovative research findings, theoretical statements, original reviews, and occasionally more fully worked treatises.

(27 Aug 2008) » More about New Forum for Ideas Launched


Former Durham IAS Fellow helps uncover the secret of the cold sore virus

Professor Bryan R Cullen, a Distinguished Fellow at the Durham IAS in 2006/07, has led a team of scientists at the Duke Medical Research Centre to discover a possible cure for cold sores.

(11 Jul 2008) » More about Former Durham IAS Fellow helps uncover the secret of the cold sore virus


Binge drinking due to ‘copying’ behaviour

The rise in binge drinking in the young is a “fashion phenomenon” where drinkers are copying their associates’ behaviour, new research has shown.

A study conducted at Durham University’s Institute of Advanced Study and Volterra Consulting UK shows that social networking is a key factor in the spread of the rapid consumption of large amounts of alcohol – binge drinking - which is blamed for serious anti-social and criminal behaviour.

(24 Jun 2008) » More about Binge drinking due to ‘copying’ behaviour


The Perfect Brainstorm: Times Higher Article Focuses on the Rise of Institutes of Advanced Study in the UK

Matthew Reisz's article in Times Higher Education (20 March 2008) takes an incisive look at why interdisciplinary research Institute's are now on the increase in the UK.

(20 Mar 2008)


Climate Change Experts Drawn to North-East

Durham University’s Institute of Advanced Study is inviting some of the leading academics on climate change to come and discuss their research at lectures organised specifically for the North-East public. The lectures, taking place in Durham over the next three months, will cover a range of issues concerning the climate change debate, including a lecture by Harvard Professor Sheila Jasanoff, which will demonstrate how popular images used to convey messages about climate change to the wider public in fact display the tensions and contradictions that exist within this controversial subject

(11 Jan 2008) » More about Climate Change Experts Drawn to North-East


Ash Amin Elected to the Fellowship of the British Academy

We are delighted to announce that Professor Ash Amin, Executive Director of the Institute of Advanced Study, is now a Fellow of the British Academy.

(20 Jul 2007) » More about Ash Amin Elected to the Fellowship of the British Academy


David Miliband visits Durham's IAS

David Miliband

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, David Miliband MP, visited the Institute of Advanced Study on Friday 11th May, to meet with its Directors and its Fellows.

(16 May 2007) » More about David Miliband visits Durham's IAS


Race, Religion and Inheritance Debate

Panel members

On 26th April 2007 Durham University publicly launched its Institute of Advanced Study by hosting a debate on Race, Religion and Inheritance at Durham Castle.

(28 Mar 2007) » More about Race, Religion and Inheritance Debate


IAS Inaugurated into Durham University

On 11th October 2006 Durham University celebrated the inauguration of its new Institute of Advanced Study.

(30 Oct 2006) » More about IAS Inaugurated into Durham University


Durham University's Annual Research Dinner

Durham University celebrated its new Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) at its Annual Research Dinner on 27 April 2006. The University was honoured to have Dame Gillian Beer as the guest speaker at the Dinner and also as a representative of the Institute's Advisory Council. Professor Beer's talk focussed on the challenges that face academics wishing to pursue multi-disciplinarity in their research but, at the same time, Professor Beer was keen to highlight the rewards of moving between disciplines.

(9 May 2006) » More about Durham University's Annual Research Dinner


Launch of the IAS 2014-15 Fellowship


The 2014-15 IAS Fellowship Scheme is now open to recruitment. The deadline for applications is 09 June 2013.

The theme for 2014-15, for which applications will be invited, is ‘Emergence’, interpreted in its broadest sense to be of potential interest to those working in a wide range of disciplines.

(16 Apr 2013) » More about Launch of the IAS 2014-15 Fellowship


In St Cuthbert’s Time – The Sounds of Lindisfarne and the Gospels


The Institute of Advanced Study is delighted to confirm an exciting new sound installation from renowned sound artist Chris Watson to celebrate the exhibition of the Lindisfarne Gospels at Durham Cathedral in July 2013. The Installation will run from 06 July 2013 to 30 September 2013, daily between 10am and 4pm in the Holy Cross Chapel at Durham Cathedral.

(22 May 2013) » More about In St Cuthbert’s Time – The Sounds of Lindisfarne and the Gospels


3rd Annual Joint event between the Institute of Advanced Study, the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing and the Durham Forum for Health


The IAS is delighted to confirm its third annual collaboration with the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing and the Durham Forum for Health.

A joint public lecture will take place on Tuesday 11th June 2013 (18:00) at the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing at Queen's Campus, Stockton. 

The event builds upon earlier collorative events, A Fairer Society for a Heathier Future (2011) and My Genespace: Personalised Genetics: are you ready to know your future? (2012).

(24 Apr 2013) » More about 3rd Annual Joint event between the Institute of Advanced Study, the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing and the Durham Forum for Health


Professor Alison Wylie becomes the SWIP Distinguished Woman Philosopher for 2013

The Society of Women in Philosophy has chosen former IAS Fellow Professor Alison Wylie to be the recipient of this year's Distinguished Woman Philosopher award. Wylie will be honored at the traditional panel session held by SWIP

(16 May 2013) » More about Professor Alison Wylie becomes the SWIP Distinguished Woman Philosopher for 2013


IAS 'Emergence' Theme for 2014-15: Proposals and Fellowship Nominations open to Durham Colleagues

(13 Feb 2013) » More about Nominations open to Durham Colleagues


Recent Publications

Keep up-to-date with recent publications related to current and former themes and Fellows. The most recent publications are available here. All publications are located here.

(9 Jan 2013)


Interdisciplinary Workshop Publication

'Navigating Interdisciplinarity' is an IAS workshop designed to facilitate research collaboration across disciplines. To assist others embarking upon interdisciplinary research we are making this publication freely available. We ask only that you cite the IAS/Durham as the source, and we welcome feedback. To request a copy, contact our Institute Secretary, Audrey (a.e.bowron@durham.ac.uk).

(23 Apr 2013)


The IAS welcomes the publication of the fifth edition of its postgraduate journal, Kaleidoscope

The fifth edition of Kaleidoscope, the interdisciplinary postgraduate journal of the Institute of Advanced Study, has been published. Volume 5, Issue 1 is a special edition of proceedings from two conferences for postgraduates and early career researchers.

(21 Feb 2013) » More about The IAS welcomes the publication of the fifth edition of its postgraduate journal, Kaleidoscope


IAS 2014-15 Theme Announced

(7 Jan 2013) » More about IAS 2014-15 Theme Announced


Submission of Activity Proposals and Fellowship Nominations for 2014-15 IAS theme, ‘Emergence’


Following its university-wide consultation and announcement of its 2014-15 theme, ‘Emergence’, the Institute of Advanced Study has identified a number of potential subthemes:

(21 Feb 2013) » More about Submission of Activity Proposals and Fellowship Nominations for 2014-15 IAS theme, ‘Emergence’


Durham Bluff - February 2013

Durham Bluff

Find out who Won Durham Bluff - February 2013 - www.dur.ac.uk/ias/events/other/blufffeb13/

(17 Mar 2013)