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St Cuthbert's Society

Institute of Advanced Studies

2016/17 IAS Fellow

Each Michelmas term, Cuth’s hosts a visiting Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS), who lives in the college and engages both formally and informally in our research activities, and this year we are delighted to be joined by Professor Massimo Leone, who is Professor of Semiotics, Cultural Semiotics, and Visual Semiotics at the University of Turin, and is Director of the MA Program in Communication Studies. This year, the research of the IAS will be centred around the theme of 'Scale' and Professor Leone will be developing his own insights into this concept.

His work primarily deals with visual embodiments of religion and law and he is particularly interested in comparative research about the visual imaginary of equity and justice. He graduated in Communication Studies from the University of Siena, and holds a DEA in History and Semiotics of Texts and Documents from Paris VII, an MPhil in Word and Image Studies from Trinity College Dublin, a PhD in Religious Studies from the Sorbonne, and a PhD in Art History from the University of Fribourg (CH). His doctoral dissertations focused on representations of religious conversion in early-modern hagiography and iconography.

On Thursday 3rd November 2016, Professor Leone will be delivering a public lecture, ‘Weight problems: an enquiry into scales and justice'. The lecture will take place in Cuth’s Dining Hall in 12 South Bailey from 5.30pm. All are welcome and for an abstract of the talk, please see here.

Past Fellows

In Michaelmas 2015, the IAS theme was 'Evidence', and our IAS Fellow was Professor Ted Gup, a Boston-based author, investigative journalist and professor. Ted was a hit with the Cuth's community, regularly getting involved with student activities, both academic and non-academic, and sends regular news back to Cuth's in his 'A Postcard from America' series.

In Michaelmas 2014, the IAS theme was 'Emergence', and our IAS Fellow was Dr Val Jones, a Senior Researcher at Associate Professor level in the Telemedicine Group, Biomedical Signals and Systems, at the University of Twente in The Netherlands, where she works on mobile health applications to support remote monitoring and treatment.

In Michaelmas 2013, the IAS theme was 'Light', and our IAS Fellow was Professor Tom Mole of McGill University (Canada), an English scholar specializing in Romanticism and Byron.