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Institute of Advanced Study

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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: https://www.dur.ac.uk/ias/201819projects/) 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)


Chris Gollon


It is with sadness that we announce the death, following a short illness, of artist Chris Gollon, who was an IAS Fellow in 2009, and a member of St Mary’s College. At the IAS, Chris worked on a series of paintings as part of the Institute’s Being Human theme. His work made a further impression in Durham in 2015, when the Cathedral hosted an exhibition of his series of paintings about women in the Bible. Former IAS Director, Professor Ash Amin, notes that:

Chris was an exemplary artist in residence during our Being Human theme, observing and working with the academic fellows, and always present at their lectures and seminars. After three months he produced an astonishing number of paintings based on his engagement at the IAS. Modest to a fault, few knew what a great artist we had in our midst. We were overjoyed by the two paintings he donated to the IAS. His death is a tragic loss felt by all of us who were privileged to have known him. 

An established name in British painting, Chris first became known as a finalist in The Spectator Prize in 1989, and exhibited with Yoko Ono, David Bowie and Gavin Turk in 1998. In 2000 he was commissioned by the Church of England to paint 14 Stations of the Cross, and in 2004 he exhibited work in St Paul’s Cathedral with Bill Viola, Craigie Aitchison and Tracey Emin. His paintings are now included in the collections of several major museums and art galleries, and he also collaborated with film makers JABOD in 2005 to create a new cinematic art work, featuring over 500 of his paintings set to music by Gavin Bryars (with Tom Waits), Paolo Conte and Calexico. The film installation, entitled ‘Kaleidomorphism', was successfully premiered in 2008 at the East End Film Festival in London.

Further information about his work, and his involvement at the IAS is available at: https://www.dur.ac.uk/ias/fellows/0809fellows/gollon/ or at his home website www.chrisgollon.com


(9 May 2017)


Reading the Flowers: a new poetry collection by former IAS Fellow Linda France


Reading the Flowers
began during Linda France's 2010/11 Leverhulme Residency at Moorbank, Newcastle University's Botanic Garden and led to a tour of Botanic Gardens across the UK, Europe and Australasia including: Italy, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Kew, Benmore, Dawyck, Sheffield, Linn and Durham Botanic, as well as culminiating in her visiting IAS Fellowship during 2013/14. 

Nature and culture meet in this collection of Linda's poems looking at flowers cultivated and wild, trees in the garden and the rainforest, plants and creatures that live alongside them under the microscope of memory and imagination.

(28 Apr 2017)


Insights Volumes 8 and 9 now published


Two new volumes of the Institute of Advanced Study's E-journal 'Insights' have been published. Each volume (No: 8 and 9) includes several contributions on the themes of Emergence (2014/15) and Evidence (2015/16). 
 
'Insights' contains the contributions from visiting Fellows to the Institute and captures the cutting-edge research hosted at Durham each year. Every fellow writes for this exciting series and the result is a unique collection of thought experiments, innovative research findings, theoretical statements, original reviews, and occasionally more fully worked treatises.

Review Volume 8 and Volume 9 in further detail.

(16 Feb 2017)


The Scale of Things: public lecture series


The IAS is pleased to announce this term’s series of public lectures on The Scale of Things. Scale is that indispensible concept which relates everything to everything, individual experience to History writ large, personal lives to global dynamics of change, the structure of sub-atomic particles to the incomprehensibly large forces powering the cosmos, insect society to the human polis. But is humanity the measure of all things? And if so, how do we know? Our series presents seven internationally distinguished guests specialising in fields from architecture to cosmology, digital communication, epidemiology, evolutionary cultural theory and political science. The first lecture, by Professor Andres Lepik of Munich, entitled ‘Small scale, big change: the social turn in contemporary architecture’, takes place in the Ken Wade Theatre, Calman Learning Centre, at 6.15pm on 23 January. All welcome.

For further information see: www.dur.ac.uk/ias/events/thematic/scalelectures/ or contact the IAS (enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk).

(12 Jan 2017)


Institute of Advanced Study – Epiphany Term Fellows


The Institute of Advanced Study is delighted to welcome its second cohort of Fellows connected with its 2016/17 Scale year. 

Whilst at Durham, the Fellows will be engaging and collaborating with Durham colleagues on a number of different interdisciplinary Durham-led projects connected to the IAS’s annual theme, Scale, and delivering seminars and public lectures, as well as engaging with their College. 

(6 Jan 2017) » More about Institute of Advanced Study – Epiphany Term Fellows


2017/18 Fellowship Announced

The IAS is delighted to confirm its visiting Fellowship for the academic year 2017/18 and its theme of Structure.

Two cohorts of ten Fellows will reside at the IAS for a term during 2017/18 and engage and collaborae with colleagues on a number of different interdisciplinary projects connected to the Structure thematic year. 

(8 Dec 2016) » More about 2017/18 Fellowship Announced


Professor Nicholas Saul (IAS Co-Director) - Brexit Plenary



Professor Nicholas Saul gave the plenary address (on Brexit) and shared in the panel discussion on the theme ‘Visions of a New Europe – New Perspectives from German Romantic Thought around 1800’, a European Union cultural event at the Zentrum der Regionen, Boulevard Saint Michel, Brussels, sponsored by the state of Sachsen-Anhalt/Saxony-Anhalt and the Bertelsmann-Stiftung/Bertelsmann Foundation, 30 November 2016.

(2 Dec 2016)


Durham International Fellowships for Research and Enterprise (DIFeREns) - Recruitment Now Open

The IAS is delighted to confirm that the Durham International Fellowships for Research and Enterprise (DIFeREns) scheme, also known as COFUND, is now open for both Senior and Junior Fellowship recruitment (for academic year 2017/18). Further details about the scheme can be found at: 

https://www.dur.ac.uk/ias/diferens/junior/

https://www.dur.ac.uk/ias/diferens/senior/

(4 Nov 2016)


Sir Derman Christopherson/Sir James Knott Foundation Fellowships


Reminder

The Institute of Advanced Study is delighted to confirm that applications for the Sir Derman Christopherson/Sir James Knott Foundation Fellowships will be accepted from Friday, 7 October for the academic year 2017/18. 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 Friday, 18 November. Further information and full application procedures are available here.

(4 Nov 2016)


The Institute of Advanced Study welcomes its Michaelmas Term Fellows


The Institute of Advanced Study is delighted to welcome its first cohort of Fellows connected with its 2016/17 Scale year. 

(3 Oct 2016) » More about The Institute of Advanced Study welcomes its Michaelmas Term Fellows


Special Issue of Romanticism on the theme of Light


A special issue of the distinguished journal Romanticism has just been published on the theme of ‘Light’. Guest edited by Durham's Dr Sarah Wootton, contributions within this edition were developed out of an IAS sponsored symposium, Light and the Poetics of Ambivalence, organised by Dr Wootton, Professor Michael O’Neill, and Dr Mark Sandy. Inspired by the IAS's theme of Light the symposium focussed on imaginative representations of light in English literature, c. 1790-1950.

(22 Sep 2016)


IAS's Professor Nick Saul wins English Goethe Society award


Professor Nick Saul, IAS Director for Arts and Humanities, has been awarded the English Goethe Society’s 2016 PEGS Prize for an outstanding article published in the journal in the previous year: 'Vorgänger Darwins' or 'Nachfolger Goethes'? Wilhelm Bölsche on Evolutionism in Goethe and Novalis or, Literature and the Two Cultures, Then and Now. Publications of the English Goethe Society, 84/1: 76-91.

Many congratulations to Nick.

 

(19 Sep 2016)


Visiting IAS Fellow Professor Ann McGrath wins prestigious book award


Forthcoming IAS Fellow and historian, Professor Ann McGrath from the Australian National University has won a prestigious NSW Premiers General History Award for her book, Illicit Love: Sex and Marriage in the United States and Australia (University of Nebraska Press)

Published at the end of 2015 her book is a history of love, sex, and marriage between Indigenous peoples and settler citizens at the heart of two settler colonial nations, the United States and Australia. She illuminates interracial relationships from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century through stories of romance, courtship, and marriage between Indigenous peoples and colonizers in times of nation formation.

Professor McGrath is a visiting Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study from October - December 2016. During her time at the IAS she will deliver a public lecture which is open to members of the public as well as the Durham academic and student communities: The Temporality of the Deep Human Past , 17th November, 5.30pm (Sir James Knott Hall, Trevelyan College).

(8 Sep 2016)


Transforming The Way We Think:House of Lords reception and book launch celebrating the decennial of Durham University’s Institute of Advanced Study (IAS)

The decennial of Durham's Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) brought together Durham alumni, former IAS Fellows, donors, academics, policy makers, members of both Houses of Parliament, and other supporters on an historic evening (23rd June) at the House of Lords, for both the country and the IAS, to celebrate ten years of transformational thinking and to launch the book written by the IAS Directors and guest contributors, Transforming The Way We Think.

Photographs from the event are now available on the University's Flickr site.

(2 Sep 2016) » More about Transforming The Way We Think:House of Lords reception and book launch celebrating the decennial of Durham University’s Institute of Advanced Study (IAS)


Inaugural IAS Fellow receives Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)


Professor Michael Ralph Fellows, one of the IAS's inaugural Fellows from its first annual theme, The Legacy of Charles Darwin in 2006, was recently appointed as a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for eminent service to higher education, particularly in the field of theoretical computer science. 

Professor Fellows was recognised as a leading academic, researcher and author in that field. He has been the elite professor of computer science at the University of Bergen since January 2016.

His appointment as a Companion is the latest in a long list of awards and recognition for the Professor Fellows. This includes an international gold medal of honour for computer science education, one of the highest honours in this field. 

His extensive publications includes five books and more than 150 scientific articles. Addtional informaiton is available here

(29 Jul 2016)


Former IAS Fellow Professor George Willams publishes article with Durham Law scholar.


Williams, A & Williams, G. (2016). ‘The British Bill of Rights Debate: lessons from Australia’, Public Law 2016, pp.471-490.

(21 Jun 2016)


2017/18 IAS Fellowship Scheme is open to receive applications

Applications for Fellowships in 2017/18 are now being accepted. Closing date – Friday 10th June 2016.

(12 May 2016) » More about 2017/18 IAS Fellowship Scheme is open to receive applications


Former IAS Fellow Dr Simon Prosser publishes latest book - Experiencing Time

Our engagement with time is a ubiquitous feature of our lives. We are aware of time on many scales, from the briefest flicker of change to the way our lives unfold over many years. But to what extent does this encounter reveal the true nature of temporal reality? To the extent that temporal reality is as it seems, how do we come to be aware of it? And to the extent that temporal reality is not as it seems, why does it seem that way? These are the central questions addressed by Simon Prosser in Experiencing Time.

(12 May 2016) » More about Former IAS Fellow Dr Simon Prosser publishes latest book - Experiencing Time


IAS's Annual London Debate - 26 May 2016

The IAS's forthcoming annual London debate will discuss the uses and abuses of evidence in contemporary debates: exploring lies, damned lies and other questions about the reliability of evidence in the major issues facing societies today: 

  • What is evidence?
  • How and why do we accept or reject evidence, individually and collectively?
  • How does evidence gain authority across academic disciplines?
  • How can the academy ensure that good evidence guides social action?

“Lies, Damned Lies and …”: Is There Such a Thing as Reliable Evidence will take place on Thursday 26th May (7.30pm) at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) at Moorgate Place. The panellists include: 

  • Ruth Alexander, BBC
  • Professor Sally Shuttleworth FBA, University of Oxford
  • Sir David John Spiegelhalter OBE FRS, University of Cambridge
  • Lord Justice Anthony Hughes, Supreme Court

For further information about this exciting event including how to book a place, please see the IAS Events web for further details.

(9 May 2016)


Evidence On Trial: weighing the value of evidence in academic enquiry, policy and everyday life - Register


This international conference, which takes place on 12th - 14th July 2016, celebrates the IAS’s 10th Anniversary. The conference focuses on issues of Evidence, in accord with the IAS’s annual research theme for 2015-16.

The conference follows the model of the IAS's successful 2014 conference, and as well as drawing delegates from around the world, the conference welcomes former IAS Fellows back to Durham to consider the evidential aspects of the annual themes under which they undertook Fellowships in Durham. These themes include: The Legacy of Charles Darwin; Modelling; Being Human; Water; Futures; Time, Light and Emergence. These panels and roundtables, are open to any researcher with interests on any aspect of Evidence. 

13 panels or roundtables will take place over the duration of the conference including keynotes from Professor Monica Grady (Open University) and Professor Penny Harvey (University of Manchester). 

To register please see: https://www.dur.ac.uk/ias/decennial/registration/ or alternatively contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk.

(18 Apr 2016)


IAS Structure Theme for 2017/18: Deadline for Fellowship Nominations


Following its university-wide consultation and announcement of its 2017/18 theme, Structure, the process for nominating IAS Fellows remains open until 10th June 2016.

To nominate a potential Fellow, Durham colleagues must complete this pro forma which is also available to download from the IAS website on the ‘Annual Themes’ page under Structure Nominees are encourage to read in full the relevant nomination guidelines. Any questions related to the process should be directed towards the IAS Administrator, Linda Crowe (Ext: 44686).

(4 Apr 2016)


Award Winning Film Director Oliver Stone comes to Durham


In Conversation with Oliver Stone 

This exciting and unique event on 10th March 2016 brings Oliver Stone and Durham academics together to consider how he draws on research to underpin films that have often explored political conflicts, issues of social justice and the challenges of modern democracies. Key to Stone’s work is his vision of past and present historical events and the role of individuals in them. As well as creating portraits of major figures in films such as Nixon, JFK, W., Stone has engaged with one of the most fascinating individuals in Classical Antiquity, Alexander the Great, for more than a decade. The film premiered in the cinemas in 2004, and several versions of it have been released on DVD, culminating with “Alexander the Ultimate Cut” (2014). The sociocultural history of the Hellenistic epoch represents one of the research foci of staff in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at Durham, and the conversation will begin with an exploration of the film Alexander, led by Dr Ivana Petrovic, Dr Andrej Petrovic and Dr Ed Richardson.

(26 Feb 2016) » More about Award Winning Film Director Oliver Stone comes to Durham


IAS Structure Theme for 2017/18: Deadline for Activity Proposals and Fellowship Nominations


Following its university-wide consultation and announcement of its 2017/18 theme, Structure, the Institute of Advanced Study recently held a scoping meeting to discuss the potential sub-themes under which proposals for activities may coalesce.

(4 Feb 2016) » More about IAS Structure Theme for 2017/18: Deadline for Activity Proposals and Fellowship Nominations


The Institute of Advanced Study welcomes its Epiphany Term Fellows

The Institute of Advanced Study is delighted to welcome its second cohort of Fellows connected with its 2015/16 Evidence year. This term’s visiting Fellows include: renowned historian Professor John Brewer from the California Institute for Technology whose research interests focus on issues of value in the visual-art world and questions of travel, tourism, identity, and place; philosopher Professor Jessica Brown from the University of St Andrews who works on a wide range of topics within philosophy of mind, epistemology, and the methodology of philosophy; Professor Tim May from the University of Salford who researches issues relating to knowledge, governance and policy-making; Dr Zoë Crossland an anthropologist from Columbia University who focuses on the historical archaeology of Madagascar, as well as forensic archaeology and evidential practices around human remains; Professor Heather Douglas from the University of Queensland whose research focus is broadly in the criminal justice field, with particular interests in the relationship between Indigenous people and the criminal law; and Dr David Dryden from Edinburgh University, a leading authority on the molecular biology of the DNA restriction and modification (RM) enzymes of prokaryotes. See further details about all this term's visiting Fellows.

(4 Jan 2016) » More about The Institute of Advanced Study welcomes its Epiphany Term Fellows


IAS Fellow to brief British Government on human rights issues


Professor George Williams, visiting Durham from the University of New South Wales, Australia, has met the Minister for Human Rights, Dominic Raab MP, to brief the British Government on human rights legislation. As a Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study, Professor Williams is exchanging ideas about his research on anti-terror law and democracy with colleagues in Durham: this work will now provide direct input into public debates about human rights. Further details about Professor Williams are at: https://www.dur.ac.uk/ias/fellows/iasfellows/1516/williams/

(1 Dec 2015)


IAS Director in Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival

IAS Director, Veronica Strang's BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival discussion about traditional relations to land with writer James Rebank (A Shepherds's Life) recently featured on Radio 4's Pick of the Week. A podcast of the Free Thinking interview is available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02nrvk3/episodes/downloads

(30 Nov 2015)


IAS Director in Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival

On Sunday November 8th, at the Sage Theatre Gateshead, IAS Director, Veronica Strang, discussed the lifeways of Australian Aboriginal people in a Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival discussion with writer James Rebank (A Shepherds's Life) and interviewer Rana Mitter. Old Ways, New Directions, explored human interactions with the environment, and asked whether we can learn from traditional knowledges in seeking solutions for contemporary challenges. The programme will be broadcast as part of Radio 3’s Free Thinking show on November 16th at 22.00.

Podcasts from the Free Thinking programme are available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02nrvk3/episodes/
downloads

(9 Nov 2015) » More about IAS Director in Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival


The World Machine

In this year’s Lumiere, Durham Cathedral will be transformed by the work done by Professor Richard Bower at the Institute of Advanced Study.

As an IAS Christopherson-Knott Fellow 2014-15, Richard worked on a project Contemporary Answers to Ancient Questions comparing how the emergence of the cosmos was understood in Ancient Greece, Medieval Europe and today. This inspired The World Machine, an interdisciplinary project which will transform Durham Cathedral during the 2015 Lumiere. Richard worked with Carlos Frenk (Institute for Computational Cosmology) and Giles Gasper (Ordered Universe Project), together with a whole team of young people, to create many of the images and movies that form the basis of the artwork. The World Machine is a major collaboration between Durham University’s science and history researchers, projection artist Ross Ashton, sound designer John del’Nero, and composer Isobel Waller-Bridge.

(9 Nov 2015)


IAS Theme for 2017/18 Announced


Following university-wide consultation, the Institute of Advanced Study has chosen Structure as its research theme for the academic year 2017/18. 

On 27 January 2016 the Institute will host a Scoping Meeting (at Collingwood 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 15 January 2016.

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

(4 Nov 2015)


Evidence On Trial: weighing the value of evidence in academic enquiry, policy and everyday life - Call for Panels Extended


The Call for Panels and/or Roundtables has been extended until the end of November. The conference, hosted by the Institute of Advanced Study, celebrates the IAS’s 10th Anniversary and will focus on issues of Evidence, the Institute's research theme for 2015-16. For further information see: IAS Decennial Conference.

(22 Oct 2015)


Incarnation, Mary and Women from the Bible - Solo Exhibition by former IAS Fellow, Chris Gollon


Former IAS Fellow and artist Chris Gollon has a solo exhibtion of new paintings at Durham Cathedral. This touring exhibition entitled 'Incarnation, Mary and Women from the Bible' can be viewed daily until 2nd November 2015. See www.durhamcathedral.co.uk for further information.

(2 Oct 2015)


Sir Derman Christopherson/Sir James Knott Foundation Fellowships

The Institute of Advanced Study is delighted to confirm that applications for the Sir Derman Christopherson/Sir James Knott Foundation Fellowships will be accepted from Friday 02 October 2015 for the academic year 2016/17. 

(2 Oct 2015) » More about Sir Derman Christopherson/Sir James Knott Foundation Fellowships


The Institute of Advanced Study welcomes its Michaelmas Term Fellows


The Institute of Advanced Study is delighted to welcome its first cohort of Fellows connected with its 2015/16 Evidence year. This term’s visiting Fellows include Professor George Williams from the University of New South Wales, a leading constitutional lawyers and public commentator; Professor Carlo Vecce from the Instituto Universitario Orientale, one of the most authoritative scholars in the field of early modern literary studies and an acknowledged world authority on Leonardo da Vinci; Modern British Historian Professor Claire Langhamer from the University of Sussex, whose work deals with the diverse ways in which ordinary people negotiated modernity in the twentieth-century; Professor Barbara Dancygier from the University of British Columbia, Canada who has published broadly in cognitive linguistics, cognitive narratology, and cognitive poetics; anthropologist Professor Penny Harvey who has published widely on politics and power, on language, information and communications technologies, and on knowledge practices with a particular focus on engineering practice and technical expertise; and author and journalist Ted Gup who has written widely about government and public institutions, and is recognised as an authority on the subject of secrecy and its impact on democracy. 

(30 Sep 2015) » More about The Institute of Advanced Study welcomes its Michaelmas Term Fellows


Evaluating Interdisciplinary Research: a practical guide (Professor Veronica Strang and Professor Tom McLeish)


A number of experts in interdisciplinary research, from UK and EU funding organisations and from a number of British Universities, participated in a workshop at Durham's Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) in early 2015 to compare and discuss methods of assessment and the criteria applied to interdisciplinary research (IDR), and to discuss how best to address the challenges of evaluating and re-valuing interdisciplinary research. 

(23 Jul 2015) » More about Evaluating Interdisciplinary Research: a practical guide (Professor Veronica Strang and Professor Tom McLeish)


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)