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Institute of Advanced Study

Institute of Advanced Study – Epiphany Term Fellows

(6 January 2017)


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. 

This term’s visiting Fellows include:- 

Sara Cousins, Professor in Physical Geography, from Stockholm University whose research revolves around how species, communities and biodiversity respond with time to changing landscape patterns, habitat degradation and fragmentation; ethnographer and anthropologist Professor Ida Susser from Hunter College; Anna McCarthy, Professor of Cinema Studies at New York University, who is a specialist in visual culture with a focus on television, video, and digital media. Her work is known for its interdisciplinary methodology, particularly its use of photography, and for its creative engagement with archival materials; Professor John Hall from McGill University whose work moves back and forth between social theory and historical analysis; philosopher Dr Barbara Sattler from the University of St. Andrews whose main area of her research is metaphysics and natural philosophy in the ancient Greek world; Professor Hannah Smithson a Fellow of Pembroke College (University of Oxford) whose research focuses on the neural mechanisms that underlie perception; historian Dr Anna Maerker (King’s College London) whose work investigates the historical emergence of modern science and medicine as authoritative practices of knowledge making through a focus on material culture and everyday practices; Ranga Narayanan Distinguished Professor at the University of Florida whose research is in the area of pattern formation; Professor Jack Williams, Director of the Center for Climatic Research, part of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin. His research focuses on the responses of plant species and communities to past and future climate change; plant physiologist  Professor Mark Fricker (University of Oxford) whose research investigates a range of scales including confocal ratio imaging on a micron scale, radiolabel scintillation imaging at an intermediate scale, and network analysis and mathematical modelling to predict behaviour at a macro-scale.