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Research lectures, seminars and events

The events listed in this area are research seminars, workshops and lectures hosted by Durham University departments and research institutes. If you are not a member of the University, but  wish to enquire about attending one of the events please contact the organiser or host department.


Biological Thought and the German Left - Workshop

12th November 2019, 10:30 to 17:30, Seminar Room, Institute of Advanced Study

This one-day workshop brings together established and emerging scholars to investigate how the life sciences impacted the social and political thought and action of the German left in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.


  • 10.30-12.00 Opening keynote: Nicholas Saul (Durham): Bölsche, Biopolitics, Superorganisms and the Origins of Fascism around 1900

  • 12.00-1.00 Lunch

  • 1.00-2.00 Lydia Azadpour (Royal Holloway, London): Progressive Differentiation in Engel’s Philosophy of Nature

  • 2.00-3.00 Jack Coopey (Leicester): Totality and the Biology of the Whole: the Biology of the Ape to Man in Marx and Hegel

  • 3.00-3.30 Break

  • 3.30-4.30 Henry Holland (Hamburg): Biological Thought in Ernst Bloch

  • 4.30-5.30 Cat Moir (Sydney/IMLR): Büchner’s Body Politics

Organisers: Cat Moir (Sydney/IMLR) and Johan Siebers (IMLR); supported by Durham University's Institute of Advanced Study.


Registration to attend is essential. To register please click here and complete all relevant fields.

Additional information

The Institute of Advanced Study (IAS)

Map The IAS is denoted as building No. 21

Institute of Advanced Study
Durham University
Cosin’s Hall
Palace Green

General Enquiries: 0044 (0) 191 334 2589.

Location and travel information

The Durham Unversity Institute of Advanced Study is located within Durham City is situated on Place Green and is a part of Durham's World Heritage Site.

How to Find Us

By Road

Durham City centre is only 2 miles from the A1(M). Leave the motorway at Junction 62 on the A690 Durham - Sunderland road and follow signs to Durham City Centre. Durham is 264 miles from London, 187 miles from Birmingham, 125 miles from Edinburgh and 67 miles from York.

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By Rail

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A taxi will take you from the station to the IAS 5-10 minutes and you can walk to the IAS within 1010-20 minutes.

By Air

Durham is 30 minutes drive from Newcastle and Teesside International Airports. Both have regular domestic and international flights. Durham is linked to Newcastle Airport by rail and metro.

Additional Information

Smoking is prohibited within the IAS.

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