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Professor Alex Easton, Director, IAS

Welcome to another edition of the Institute of Advanced Study’s newsletter, Transformations. We have come to the end of another busy term, and another Fellowship year. The increasing activity within Cosin’s Hall is wonderful to see with regular meetings of the Major Projects, and increasing workshops for our Development Projects making sure that there is a constant buzz of activity. Alongside our regular Fellows’ seminars and lectures, and our hosting of the first Sir Harry Evans Global Fellow in Investigative Journalism, Waylon Cunningham, it means conversations within the IAS have been fantastic, with new connections made between Fellows, Durham researchers, and others. Read more.


Professor Nayanika Mookherjee, Co-Director, Social Sciences and Health

As the Co-Director for the Social Sciences and Health Faculty of the Institute of Advanced Study in Durham University, my expertise lies in the fields of political anthropology, social and feminist theories particularly in relation to the areas of gendered violence during conflict, politics of aesthetics, memorialisation, war crimes tribunals, apology, irreconciliation and transnational adoption. In the IAS, I have the portfolio of communications and have been in charge of the last six newsletters since Michaelmas 2021. This time, I thought I would contribute to this section of spotlighting the Co-Directors. Read more.


We re-connect with former Fellows, as well as those who look forward to joining us in future terms.

After the IAS......Where are they now?

The Gendering of Hope: rural women’s biographies of hope and challenge. 
Professor Lia Bryant from the University of South Australia. Read more.
Solidarities of Citizenship. 
Professor Jackie Stevens from Northwestern. Read more.

Lessons learned: Risks to Youth and Studenthood in Digital Spaces.

Dr Rille Raaper & Professor Mariann (Maz) Hardey reflect on last term's Major Project.
Read more.


Looking forward to.....

The IAS project Understanding offence: delimiting the (un)sayable engages with an important contemporary issue of wide relevance. Read more.


Research Development Project: Machine Learning 

Led by Dr Eamonn Bell and Dr Alexander Campolo, when planning a series of interdisciplinary workshops on machine learning, they hoped that recent developments in the field might resonate across scholarly disciplines. But they didn’t anticipate the huge interest—both scholarly and public—surrounding the release of applications like ChatGPT. Read more.

Research Development Project
Feeling political: how intimacy and everyday life make political identities

Led by Laura Forster and Julie-Marie Strange, how do people ‘feel’ their way to political conviction? From being working class and knowing it, to understanding embodied encounters, to sharing food with friends – this project considers intimacy as pivotal in shaping how people understand the world and their place within it. Read more.

Research Development Project: interdisciplinary conversations on autism and neurodiversity

The Centre for Neurodiversity & Development is keen to increase interdisciplinary conversations and collaborations in the area of autism research. It has been possible to start this process with funding from an IAS Development Project. Read more.


Calls and initiatives

Call for Research Development Funding

In addition to support for large scale projects, we are always keen to assist research conversations, workshops, and network building which have the potential to develop into major projects in the future. We are now inviting applications for small scale funding to help the early-stage development of ambitious interdisciplinary projects during 2023/24. Read more.

Engaging across Durham

We were thrilled to receive a large number of applications in response to the call for the Outlines for IAS Major Funding Applications. These applications show how these calls can generate new and already existing interdisciplinarity across the four faculties of the University.

Cosin's Hall

Located on the Durham World Heritage site of Palace Green, the IAS offers a Seminar Room with a capacity of 30 with hybrid facilities. This space is ideal for Fellows, Associate Fellows and colleagues to host research conversations, workshops or research seminars.

Contact Julia Angel to discuss your needs.


IAS Fellowship and Projects for 2023/24 Announced

The IAS is delighted to announce its incoming cohort of Fellows and four research projects for academic year 2023/24. Fellows will join us from Australia, Bangladesh, Brussels, Chile, China, Cyprus, Egypt, Germany, India, Romania, the UK and the US across the terms.  Our projects include Abusing Antiquity, In Absence of Other, Understanding Offence, and Justice and AI.  Read More

Global Engagement Grant 

IAS Director Alex Easton has received a Global Engagement Grant to follow up on the IAS’s growing links with a visit to IIT Madras in Spring 2023 in order to sign the MOU. He also gave a talk on the Future of IASs in a Global World at Tübingen’s new College of Fellows in a renewed push for solid international partnerships with the IAS. 

Durham Global Awards

IAS Manager, Linda Crowe, was runner up in Durham's first ever Durham Global Awards - in the category of Lifetime Achievement Award - which recognised individuals and teams who had demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the development of international collaboration and understanding throughout their career and for their contribution to strengthening Durham’s global ties.
Strengthened connections with the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

Earlier last term, the University signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. The IAS has long-standing connections with the Memory Studies group at IIT Madras.  Read More


Professor Ramesh Subramaniam (2022/23 Fellow)
... elected as a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) for the advancement of science in developing countries, effective 1 January 2023.  

Professor James Ainge (2021/22 Fellow)
... awarded an BBSRC grant entitled 'Lateral Entorhinal Cortex (LEC) and episodic memory: examining LEC's impact on pattern separation and neurogenesis.

Dr Dimitrios Giataganas (2020/21 Fellow)
... has joined the department of Physics of the National Sun Yat-sen University in Taiwan, and is a Young Scholar Columbus Fellow of the National Science and Technology Council. Recently, he has been awarded the 2022 NCTS Young Theoretical.

Dr Francesca Fulminante (2017/18 Fellow)
... is currently Fellow in Residence (2022-23) at Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg, Delmenhorst, Germany to work on the project: ‘Warriors’ and ‘Weavers’: Gender stereotypes, identity, and demographic dynamics from Italy (1000-300 BC ca) to face modern challenges.

Professor Massimo Leone (2016/17 Fellow
... awarded a second ERC Grant for the project EUFACETS, 'EU Face Advanced Communication for Elders Treasuring in Society.'

Professor Heather Douglas (2015/16  Fellow)
... is a Chief investigator and Deputy Director of a new Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. 

Professor Alison Wylie (2012/13 Fellow)
... inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in November 2022.
... awarded a Canada Research Chair at the University of British Columbia.

Professor Jonathan Ben-Dov (2012/13 Fellow)
... has published a co-authored volume on Material and Digital reconstruction of Fragmentary scrolls. 

Professor Jonathan Ben-Dov (2012/13 Fellow)
... his latest book, Columbo: Paying Attention 24/7 (2021) was shortlisted for the MeCCSA Outstanding Achievement Award, Monograph of the Year category, in 2022.

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The Politics of Credibility in Refugee Reception: Workshop

This workshop focuses on the politics of credibility in asylum procedures and the processes and structures that develop around them. Looked at in the current moment of juncture in the legal safeguards to protection, the workshop discusses political landscapes of reception, and particularly the processes of political mobilization and the discourses around asylum and recognition that they animate
IAS, Seminar Room, Cosin's Hall.

28 April 2023 |  11.30AM - 2.30PM  |  Add Event

Computer Models, Simulations, Data and Reality

The IAS and Institute of Data Science are hosting a week of broad interdisciplinary discussions around the link between models and reality, welcoming for the week former IAS Fellow and philosopher, Prof Eric Winsberg from the University of South Florida.
IAS, Seminar Room, Cosin's Hall.

02 - 05 May 2023 |  Add Event

Absence/presence of Durham’s Black History: exploration of institutions, archives, students and pedagogies

This (Invitation only event due to logistical restrictions) meeting will focus on the concept of ‘archives’ and explore the concept across various disciplines and the connotations of power that it has. Along with archives we will also engage with the built environment, our surroundings, in terms of being repositories of black histories of Durham through a walking tour.

03 May 2023 |  11.30AM - 2.30PM  | Add Event

Academia in the Streets: how tweedy professors helped an investigative journalist unmask a gang in the LA Sheriff's department

IAS seminar by the 2023 Sir Harry Evans Global Fellow in investigative journalism, Waylon Cunningham. 
Booking essential.
IAS, Seminar Room, Cosin's Hall.

15 May |  4.00PM - 5.00PM  | Add Event


Absence/presence of Durham’s Black History: exploration of institutions, archives, students and pedagogies

Who has studied and worked at Durham? What are the colonial and/or racialised histories of Durham as a university and those who have studied and worked at the University? This meeting will explore the history and presence of racially minoritised students and staff at Durham and across universities in the North-East as well as Durham’s role in the history of colonial higher education. Speakers include: 
Dr Jo Sadgrove (Leeds) about the history of the Universities Mission to Central Africa and the United Society Partners in the Gospel and their links to colonialism; and Dr Ed Anderson (Northumbria) to talk about the history of Indian students in the North-East in the mid-20th century.
IAS, Seminar Room, Cosin's Hall.

23 May |  2.00PM - 5.00PM  | Add Event


Visualising Worlds: approaches to the study of figurative forms

A workshop with Philippe Descola (Collège de France), organised by the Anthropology Department in collaboration with the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture and the Institute of Advanced Study.  PGRs and colleagues working on visual cultures are warmly welcome to participate.
IAS, Seminar Room, Cosin's Hall.

09 June 2023 |  1.00PM - 6.00PM  | Add Event

For events this term see the IAS events Calendar here.


Sutton, D (2023) 'Robust Food Cultures, Tacit Knowledge, and the Abstractions of Contemporary Neoliberal Culture' in Mihalache, I., & Zanoni, E. (eds), Handbook of Food and Material Culture. London: Bloomsbury.

Chiu N (2023) ‘Orbis Non Sufficit – Co-operation and Discord in Global Space and Disarmament Governance’, Hague Journal of Diplomacy.

Bohn, W (2022) One Hundred Years of Surrealist Poetry. London: Bloomsbury Academic. 

Keep up to date with IAS Annual Reports. 
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