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Welcome to another edition of the Institute of Advanced Study’s newsletter, Transformations. We have had an extremely busy Michaelmas term, with our first all in-person Fellowship since COVID. Cosin’s Hall was once again full of workshops, seminars, and regular discussion, which was wonderful to see. Alongside our Fellowships and major projects, this has also been the first term of our new Development Projects, looking to grow ideas for future work in the IAS. Workshops for these projects were extremely well attended, and we look forward to seeing these ideas grow and develop over the next year or two.  Read more.


A musicologist by training, the IAS's Co-Director for Arts and Humanities, Professor Patrick Zuk, is based in the Russian Studies section of Durham’s School for Modern Languages and Cultures. 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?

Catch up with cognitive psychologist and 2019/20 Fellow, Professor Andrea Halpern. Read more
'RuiNation and Bordering Practices'  from social anthropologist, Professor Shahram Khosravi. Read more
'Deepening Abolitionist Praxis' by Professor Catherine Besteman. Read more
Vorfreude and a busy term in Durham for recent Fellow, Dr Christiaan de Beukelaer. Read more

Looking forward to.....

Professor William Lucy and Dr Noura Al-Moubayed give insight into their forthcoming IAS Major Project, Justice and Artificial Intelligence. Read more


Research Development Project: Absence/presence of Durham's Black History

Led by political anthropologist Professor Nayanika Mookherjee, historian Dr Liam Liburd and sociologist of education Dr Sol Gamsu this project builds on existing synergies emerging from discussion within the BAME network on the absence/presence of Durham’s ‘black’ history. Read more

Research Development Project: Syntactical Structures and the Evolution of Mind and Culture

Evolutionary anthropologist Professor Rob Barton, and comparative and developmental psychologist, Dr Zanna Clay, takes us through their IAS Research Development Project, and the interrelationships among evolution, mind and culture. Read more


Funding calls and initiatives

Engaging across Durham

The IAS is engaging with colleagues across the University and all four Co-Directors have been speaking at Faculty Boards, Research Committees and Board of Studies. Please read this document about the various forms of this engagement.

2024/25 Call for Major Project Applications & Fellowship Nominations

The Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) is a home for growing big ideas. We support a broad and inclusive interdisciplinary community from across the full spectrum of Durham academics. The call for Applications for Major Projects (with Fellowships) is now open (deadline 16 March). Read more

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.


One of our core aims is to encourage Durham’s research postgraduate community to engage with us. We provide research postgraduates with opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with our Fellows, project investigators, IAS Directors, and have access to funding, as well as offering a range of events that allows them to benefit from interdisciplinary thinking and research.

Introducing interdisciplinary research 

On 21 November 2022, the IAS ran a workshop ‘Introducing interdisciplinary research’ in the Discovery Museum in Newcastle for 80 students funded by the NINE and Northern Bridge Doctoral training partnerships. Read more 

Autonomous and decolonial pedagogies, social movements and education in Brazil and the UK

In June 2022, Durham postgraduates and ECRs brought together researchers from Brazil and the UK to explore the intersections between colonial/decolonial pasts and presents and the contemporary politics of education in universities in Brazil and the UK. Read more 


Centre for Memory Studies in IIT Madras

In November 2022, an IAS led Initiative is leading to the signing of an MOU with the Centre for Memory Studies in IIT Madras.

In October 2022 Co-Director, Professor Nayanika Mookherjee visited IIT Madras for discussions on the MOU and gave a Lecture on  21st October 2022 titled: Rethinking Transnational Adoption and its Parallels through Affective Memory and Digitality. Read more

Global Engagement Grant and Further Global Connections 

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. 

This Term's IAS Fellowship
Our Epiphany Fellows have settled into Durham over the last few weeks, and have  already given lectures and seminars, and have taken part in workshops and research conversations. We have ten Fellows with a diverse a mixture of disciplines including, among others, Geography, Sociology, Anthropology, Communication, Chemistry, Psychology and Music. We encourage you to attend their events and get in touch with them. We look forward to a busy term ahead. Full Fellowship details are available here.  


Death by Beep? Problems and solutions with current hospital soundscapes

IAS Seminar by Fellow Professor Michael Schutz (McMaster University). IAS, Cosin's Hall, Palace Green

30 January 2023 |  1.00PM - 2.00PM  | Add Event




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

Open meeting/symposium which will focus on the concept of ‘absence/presence’ and explore the expertise and knowledge across the university on the theme in relation to Black history. IAS, Cosin's Hall, Palace Green

31 January 2023 |  2.00PM - 5.00PM  | Add Event


Fate and Transport of Emerging Contaminants in Natural Porous Media

IAS Seminar by Fellow Professor Khalil Hanna (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Rennes). IAS, Cosin's Hall, Palace Green

06 February 2023 |  1.00PM - 2.00PM  | Add Event


Bordering in the City

IAS Public Lecture by Fellow Professor Margit Fauser (Ruhr University Bochum). Holgate Room, Holgate House, Grey College

07 February |  6.00PM - 7.00PM  | Add Event


For all events this term see the IAS events Calendar here.


Sutton, D (2022) 'Tacit and Embedded as Forms: a tropological approach to neoliberalism', Anthropological Theory (Online first).
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