Institute of Advanced Study (Durham)

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Coordinates: 54°46′28″N 1°34′30″W / 54.77444°N 1.57500°W / 54.77444; -1.57500

The Institute of Advanced Study is located in Bishop Cosin's Hall

The Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) is an interdisciplinary research centre of Durham University. The IAS - set up to mark Durham's 175th anniversary[1] - is intended to attract scholars and public figures from across the world to collaborate on 'agenda-setting research'.[2] It is housed in the Grade II* listed Bishop Cosins Hall on Palace Green, Durham, within the Durham UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Institute accepted its first fellows in January 2006 and was formally inaugurated into the university in October that year.[3]

Mission[edit]

The goal of the IAS, in the university's own words, is to 'gather the world's finest scholars and non-academics' to 'address themes of global significance'.[4] Fellows selected by the university advance their own research, engage with academic departments, deliver public lectures and seminars, and contribute to studying the research theme selected for that year.[5]

The activity of the IAS is based around research themes across the Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities. These themes, chosen to provide a broad interdisciplinary appeal, are designed to be complex and potentially controversial.[6] Each theme of the IAS's research is published a year in advance.[7] For the inaugural theme in 2006-2007 the university selected the "Legacy of Darwin" as a way of exploring the impact of Darwinian thought on multiple academic subjects.[8] The theme for the 2017/18 fellowships is the concept of 'Structure'.[9]

Publications[edit]

The institute publishes the e-journal 'Insights'.[10] The articles are contributed by fellows and designed to reflect the thinking developed during their time at Durham.[11] These papers take the form of thought experiments, summaries of research findings, theoretical statements, original reviews, and 'occasionally more fully worked treatises'.[12] The IAS is also responsible for 'Kaleidoscope', a multidisciplinary open access peer-reviewed journal edited by postgraduate researchers.[13] Each volume reflects the annual theme of the IAS.[14]

Fellowships[edit]

The IAS offers fellowships to UK and international scholars. The Fellowships each last three months, with two cohorts of 10 participants joining in January and October.[15] Applicants may be from any academic discipline or professional background, though preference is given to those applying from overseas.[16]

Each fellow becomes a member of one of the university's colleges.[17] As well as accommodation, college membership also entails inclusion with the Senior Common Room and access to formal dinners and events.[18] Every IAS Fellow, regardless of college affiliation, also receives honorary membership of the University College Senior Common Room and the right to take occasional meals at the college.[19]

Apart from the fellowships offered by the IAS, fellowships of approximately a term are offered by some of the colleges, with the potential to become an IAS affiliate:[20]

Directorate[edit]

The IAS is run by four directors nominally appointed by the Vice-Chancellor of the university.[29] The directors are responsible for the academic calendar and research events of the IAS. Three of the directors are responsible for maintaining links with the IAS and are thus named after the relevant faculty.[30] The present directors are:

  • Professor Robert A Barton - Acting Executive Director
  • Professor Nicholas Saul - Director for the Arts and Humanities
  • Dr Sam Hillyard - Director for the Social Sciences
  • Professor Chris Greenwell - Director for the Sciences

Advisory Council[edit]

The advisory council works alongside the directors. It meets once a year to develop the academic calendar of the IAS and aid in its promotion through members acting as ambassadors to the IAS and advising on new research themes.[31] Present members of the council from the university are the following:

In addition, the council retains a number of academic and public figures representing outside institutions[32]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Institute of Advanced Study : About the Institute - Durham University". www.dur.ac.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Institute of Advanced Study : About the Institute - Durham University". www.dur.ac.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Institute of Advanced Study : About the Institute - Durham University". www.dur.ac.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Institute of Advanced Study : IAS Fellows - Durham University". www.dur.ac.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Institute of Advanced Study : IAS Fellows - Durham University". www.dur.ac.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Institute of Advanced Study : IAS Fellows - Durham University". www.dur.ac.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Institute of Advanced Study : Annual Themes and Projects - Durham University". www.dur.ac.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Institute of Advanced Study : 2006-2007: The Legacy of Charles Darwin - Durham University". www.dur.ac.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Institute of Advanced Study : 2017-18: Structure - Durham University". www.dur.ac.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Institute of Advanced Study : Insights E-Journal - Durham University". www.dur.ac.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  11. ^ "Institute of Advanced Study : IAS Fellows - Durham University". www.dur.ac.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Limitations and Liberations" (PDF). www.biobridge.co.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Kaleidoscope". community.dur.ac.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Editorial Policies". community.dur.ac.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  15. ^ "Institute of Advanced Study : IAS Fellowship - Durham University". www.dur.ac.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  16. ^ "Institute of Advanced Study : IAS Fellowship - Durham University". www.dur.ac.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  17. ^ "Institute of Advanced Study : College Accommodation During Fellowships - Durham University". www.dur.ac.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  18. ^ "Institute of Advanced Study : College Accommodation During Fellowships - Durham University". www.dur.ac.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  19. ^ "Institute of Advanced Study : College Accommodation During Fellowships - Durham University". www.dur.ac.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  20. ^ Institute of Advanced Study : College Fellowships - Durham University
  21. ^ "Grey College : Research - Durham University". www.dur.ac.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  22. ^ College Fellowships Archived 2008-06-12 at the Wayback Machine
  23. ^ "St John's College : Fellows - Durham University". www.dur.ac.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  24. ^ "St John's College : The Ruth Etchells Fellowship - Durham University". www.dur.ac.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  25. ^ "Trevelyan College : Trevelyan College Fellowships - Durham University". www.dur.ac.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  26. ^ "Sir William Luce Fellowship 2018 - Durham University". www.dur.ac.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  27. ^ "University College : Visiting Academics and Scholarships - Durham University". www.dur.ac.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  28. ^ Van Mildert College : Fellowships - Durham University
  29. ^ "Institute of Advanced Study : Directorate - Durham University". www.dur.ac.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  30. ^ "Institute of Advanced Study : IAS Staff - Durham University". www.dur.ac.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  31. ^ "Institute of Advanced Study : Advisory Council - Durham University". www.dur.ac.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  32. ^ "Institute of Advanced Study : Advisory Council - Durham University". www.dur.ac.uk. Retrieved 30 March 2018.

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