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Institute of Advanced Study

Recent Publications

Recent Publications

Levitation: The Science, Myth and Magic of Suspension - New Book by Former IAS Fellow Peter Adey

Former IAS Light Fellow (2013/14) Professor Peter Adey explores the idea of levitation within cultural, scientific and spiritual lives. From science to illustration, poetry, philosophy, law, technology and a wider popular, spiritual and visual imagin­ation, Levitation casts the levitator as a far more vulnerable figure than we may have thought.

For further information see the Reaktion Books.

(14 Jul 2017)


'Unthought: The Power of the Cognitive Nonconscious' - new book by Professor N. Katherine Hayles (former IAS Fellow)


Former IAS (Emergence) Fellow, Professor N. Katherine Hayles has recently published her latest book 'Unthought: The Power of the Cognitive Nonconscious' (University of Chicago Press).

Professor Hayles is known for breaking new ground at the intersection of the sciences and the humanities. In Unthought, she once again bridges disciplines by revealing how we think without thinking—how we use cognitive processes that are inaccessible to consciousness yet necessary for it to function.

For further information see the University of Chicago Press.

(6 Jun 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)


From Light to Dark: new book from former IAS Fellow Dr Tim Edensor

Dr Tim Edensor (Manchester Metropolitan University) was an IAS Fellow during the IAS theme of Light in 2013/14. His latest book published by Minnesota University Press,  From Light to Dark, analyzes a vast array of artistic interventions, diverse spaces, and lighting technologies to explore these most basic human experiences.


Light pervades the world, and when it is not light, darkness emerges and is combated by electric illumination. Despite this globally shared human experience in which spaces appear radically different depending on time, season, and weather, social science investigation on the subject is meager. From Light to Dark fills this gap, focusing on our interaction with daylight, illumination, and darkness.



Tim Edensor begins by examining the effects of daylight on our perception of landscape, drawing on artworks, particular landscapes, and architectural practice. He then considers the ways in which illumination is often contested and can be used to express power, looking at how capitalist, class, ethnic, military, and state power use lighting to reinforce their authority over space. Edensor also considers light artists such as Olafur Eliasson and festivals of illumination before turning a critical eye to the supposedly dangerous, sinister associations of darkness. In examining the modern city as a space of fantasy through electric illumination, he studies how we are seeking--and should seek--new forms of darkness in reaction to the perpetual glow of urban lighting.

See: www.upress.umn.edu.

(26 Apr 2017)


Professor John Steele (former IAS Fellow) publishes new book 'Rising Time Schemes in Babylonian Astronomy'

Professor John Steele's latest book published by Springer (2017) argues for a new understanding of the role of schematic astronomy within Babylonian scientific thought and presents new translations of Babylonian astronomical cuneiform texts. 


Entitled 'Rising Time Schemes in Babylonian Astronomy', Professor John Steele examines an approach from ancient astronomy to what was then a particularly important question, namely that of understanding the relationship between the position in the ecliptic and the time it takes for a fixed-length of the ecliptic beginning at that point to rise above the eastern horizon. Schemes known as “rising time schemes” were used to give lengths of the celestial equator corresponding to each of the twelve zodiacal signs which make up the ecliptic. This book investigates the earliest known examples of these schemes which come from Babylonia and date to the mid to late first millennium BC. Making an important contribution to our knowledge of astronomy in the ancient world, this volume includes editions and translations of all of the known Babylonian rising time texts, including several texts that are identified for the first time. Through a close examination of the preserved texts it has been possible to reconstruct the complete Babylonian rising time scheme. This reconstruction is unprecedented in its completeness, and it is also now possible to situate the scheme within a genre of Babylonian astronomy known as schematic astronomy which presents theoretical descriptions of the astronomical phenomena. 

The unique discoveries and fresh explorations in this book will be of interest to historians of ancient astronomy, scholars of Babylonian history and those investigating the origins of scientific thought.

See: www.springer.com

(26 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)


IAS Evidence Fellow Professor Heather Douglas publishes latest article

An article developed by former IAS Fellow Professor Heather Douglas (T.C Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland) during her Fellowship at the IAS has been published.

Douglas, Heather (2016), 'Sexual violence, domestic abuse and the feminist judge', Journal of International and Comparative Law, 3(2), pp. 317-343.

(4 Nov 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)


Engineering and War: Militarism, Ethics, Institutions, Alternatives (Synthesis Lectures on Engineer)


With co-authors Ethan Blue and Dean Nieusma, former IAS Fellow Michael Levine investigates the close connections between engineering and war, broadly understood, and the conceptual and structural barriers that face those who would seek to loosen those connections. It shows how military institutions and interests have long influenced engineering education, research, and practice and how they continue to shape the field in the present. The book also provides a generalized framework for responding to these influences useful to students and scholars of engineering, as well as reflective practitioners. The analysis draws on philosophy, history, critical theory, and technology studies to understand the connections between engineering and war and how they shape our very understandings of what engineering is and what it might be. After providing a review of diverse dimensions of engineering itself, the analysis shifts to different dimensions of the connections between engineering and war. First, it considers the ethics of war generally and then explores questions of integrity for engineering practitioners facing career decisions relating to war. Next, it considers the historical rise of the military-industrial-academic complex, especially from World War II to the present. Finally, it considers a range of responses to the militarization of engineering from those who seek to unsettle the status quo. Only by confronting the ethical, historical, and political consequences of engineering for warfare, this book argues, can engineering be sensibly reimagined.


ISBN: 978-1608458769, Morgan & Claypool Publishers

(1 Dec 2013)


Transforming The Way We Think

Transforming the Way We Think is the Institute of Advanced Study's celebrationary book and its decade of interdisciplinarity. Download here.

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