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Institute of Advanced Study

The Institute of Advanced Study welcomes its Michaelmas Term Fellows

(3 October 2016)


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

This term’s visiting Fellows include Professor Massimo Leone from the University of Turin whose work deals with visual embodiments of religion and law; historian Professor Ann McGrath from the Australian National University who is Director of the Australian Centre for Indigenous History. Her current work aims to bridge the boundaries between history and archaeology, especially in the telling of Australian history, where she explores the theme of deep time; Dr Julia Prest from the University of St Andrews whose research focus is on the theory, practice and history of all types of theatre, including ballet and opera; narrative theorist Dr Richard Walsh from the University of York who has interests ranging from fictionality (in both literary and non-literary guises) to the nature of narrative cognition as a fundamental of human sense-making; leading historian of science and an Assyriologist Professor John Steele from Brown University who is particularly interested in the history of Babylonian astronomy and its place within Mesopotamian scholarly traditions; philosopher Dr Patrick McGivern from the University of Wollongong. His research is primarily in philosophy of science, with interests in a variety of problems concerning the nature of scientific modeling, reasoning, and explanation; Professor Tim Clark from Durham University, a specialist in the fields of modern literary theory and continental philosophy (especially the work of Martin Heidegger and Jacques Derrida); Professor Hans Petter Graver from the University of Oslo who research encompasses a broad range of issues within law, sociology of law and legal theory; and Dr Thomas Servais from the University of Lille whose work focusses on the evolution of early ecosystems, marine and terrestrial, during the Early Palaeozoic periods.

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. 

Further details of all the programmes of work being taken forward during 2016/17 and details of this term’s IAS Fellows and how to contact them can be found by visiting the IAS website.