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Institute of Advanced Study

Postgraduate Participation

One of the core aims of the Institute of Advanced Study is to encourage Durham's research postgraduate community to engage with the work sponsored by the IAS. The Institute provides research postgraduates with a unique opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with some of the most distinguished scholars from across the world and to access to a wide range of events that allows them to examine for themselves the benefits and challenges of interdisciplinary research.

Encouraging postgraduate involvement in the Institute's annual theme is a major ambition of the IAS. The Institute has established a small fund to support research postgraduates organising events of a multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary nature (application proforma is detailed at the end of this page). The IAS's theme for 2013/14 is 'Light' and the IAS is supporting the following Postgraduate events:

  • The Emergence of Human Complexity (Archaeology, Anthropology, Geography) - 16 May 2014
  • Perspectives on the First Person Pronoun “I”: Looking at Metaphysics, Linguistics and Neuroscience (Philosophy) - 15/17 May 2014
  • Reading through Proust (Modern Languages and Cultures) - 24 January 2014
  • Conceptualising Spaces of Light and Dark (Geography) - 14 January 2014
  • Conceptual Boundaries of Symbolism. An Archaeological and Inter-disciplinary Discussion (Archaeology) - 31 January / 01 February 2014
  • Thousand Worlds: Network Models in Archaeology (Archaeology) - 18/19 October 2013

During its 'Time' Year (2012-13), the IAS supported a number of postgraduated events including:

  • Memory and Time. Research symposium and Workshop (English Studies)
  • The Apocalypse of John: Precedents and Antecedents - Workshop (Theology and Religion)
  • Efface the Traces: Modernism and Influence - Conference (English Studies)
  • Forms of Innovation workshop: Humanities, Copyright and New Technologies (English Studies)
  • Rebuilding Destroyed Imaginaries - Conference (Anthropology)
  • Literary Form and Visual Culture - Conference (English Studies)
  • Hildegard of Bingen, A Woman for our Time? - Study Day (Modern Languages and English Studies)
  • Integrating Research Across Disciplines - Workshops (Philosophy and Psychology)

IAS-badged seminars as part of the Ustinov seminar series

Once a term the IAS sponsors a Ustinov Seminar, which takes the Institute's annual theme as the focus for its papers. This year's seminars will take place as follows:

  • 10.30am, Saturday 23 November 2013

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IAS Research Postgraduate Group

Working within the IAS is a postgraduate research group that meets regularly , to hold discussions about topics that interest them and will benefit from multi-disciplinary perspectives. The group is an excellent opportunity to engage with the leading edge research of the IAS, and to network constructively with other postgraduates approaching similar ideas from different disciplinary angles. The group also receives invitations to the weekly in-house IAS Fellows' seminars, as well as advance notice of IAS lectures and future IAS activities.


In 2007/08, under the auspices of the IAS, the online postgraduate interdisciplinary journal called Kaleidoscope.was established. The journal is designed to foster communication between postgraduates in different disciplines and to promote excellence in interdisciplinary research. Since 2013 the journal is jointly supported by Ustinov College, Durham's exclusive postgraduate college. The latest issue within volume five was published in November 2013 (see: current issue).

IAS Research Postgraduate Fund

The Institute has a small fund available to support the activities outlined above. In addition the IAS can provide seminar space for research postgraduate groups who have a multi-disciplinary remit (i.e. comprises researchers from more than one department) and small sums of funding for postgraduate researchers who are organising multi-disciplinary events such as conferences or workshops.

How to Engage with the Activities at the IAS

To participate in the IAS-badged Ustinov seminar, email:

To participate in the IAS Research Postgraduate Group, email Audrey Bowron with a request to be added to the group's mailing list.

If you are interested in attending one of the IAS Fellows' seminars email Audrey Bowron to reserve your place (see current seminar schedule)

To submit a paper to Kaleidoscope, email the Chief Editor at:

If you are a member of a multi-disciplinary research group that would like access to the seminar room at the IAS to hold a seminar or meeting, email Audrey Bowron with your request.

Funding Opportunities

If you a postgraduate researcher organising an interdisciplinary postgraduate conference or workshop then you may consider applying to the IAS for funding. The maximum award available is £500. To apply to this fund, please completed the attached proforma and email Linda Crowe.

The IAS is a space and resource to explore ideas. If you are a postgraduate researcher keen to explore ideas through a interdisciplinary lens with other postgraduate researchers at Durham then make contact with the IAS.