IAS Fellows’ Seminar – Analog to Digital and the Loss of Resonance: humans and technology from the perspective of philosophical anthropology

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IAS Fellows' Seminar by Professor Robert Hassan, University of Melbourne Please note the seminar date change from 27 February to 09 March 2023 Abstract The paper considers the human relationship with technology in the wake of the present domination by digital forms. It argues that too little attention has been given to the nature and […]

IAS Fellows’ Seminar – The Post-Industrial Present: The Temporalities of Sea Glass in North East England

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IAS Fellows' Seminar by Dr David Kneas, University of South Carolina Abstract For nearly a century, a glassworks factory dumped excess waste into the North Sea at County Durham’s Seaham Beach. Sculpted by time and tidal action, this waste has now transformed into an object of value: sea glass. Seaham has become an iconic place […]

IAS Fellows’ Seminar – Scientific Racism and the quest for Greek Racial Origins in the early 20th Century, by Professor Denise McCoskey (Miami University)

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Image courtesy of Engin Akyurt (Unsplash) IAS Fellows' Seminar by Professor Denise McCoskey (Miami University) Abstract As scientific approaches were increasingly applied to the study of human variation throughout the nineteenth-century, they would come to have an enormous impact on the study of history as well.  This seminar examines the specific ways contemporary ideas about […]

IAS Fellows’ Seminar – Fascist Encounters with the USSR and Stalinism, 1928-1936, by Dr Jorge Dagnino (University of San Sebastian, Chile)

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IAS Fellows' Seminar by Dr Jorge Dagnino (University of San Sebastian, Chile) Abstract  Few scholars have ventured into the realm of the reception and representations of the USSR among Italian Fascists during the years 1928–36; that is, between Stalin's consolidation of power and the Spanish Civil War. This seminar contends that far from being absolute […]

IAS Fellows’ Seminar – Safety and Security – From Wording to Worlding by Dr Diana Johns (University of Melbourne)

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IAS Fellows' Seminar by Dr Diana Johns  (University of Melbourne) Abstract Current responses to children and young people who cause harm, to themselves and others, tend to emphasise safety and security. Typically used uncritically, these concepts appear remarkably undertheorised. What do we mean when we talk about keeping children safe, and secure, and how is this different to […]

IAS Fellows’ Seminar – “Do not offend any of the persons at home”: Forms of Domestic Violence in Greco-Roman Egypt, by Dr Youssri Abdelwahed (Minia University)

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Image courtesy of K et Laurianne Langlais (Unsplash) IAS Fellows' Seminar by Dr Youssri Abdelwahed (Minia University) Abstract This paper aims to explore the various forms of domestic violence that were prevalent in Greco-Roman Egypt, based on the Greek papyrological evidence from the fourth century BC to the fourth century AD. The main question addressed […]

IAS Fellows’ Seminar – Kongish: translanguaging and the commodification of an urban dialect, by Professor Tong King Lee University of Hong Kong

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IAS Fellows' Seminar by Professor Tong King Lee (University of Hong Kong) Abstract This talk introduces Kongish as a translingual and multimodal urban dialect emerging in Hong Kong in recent years and still in the making. Through the lens of translanguaging and linguistic commodification, and using the popular Facebook page Kongish Daily as a case in […]

IAS Fellows’ Seminar –  The Secret History of Dido: unravelling an ancient literary snare to reveal a feminist role-model and a new foundation myth, by Magdalena Zira (Fantastico Theatro)

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Image courtesy of CJ Romas (iStock) IAS Fellows' Seminar by Dr Magdalena Zira (Fantastico Theatro) Abstract A new play about Carthaginian Queen Dido, the result of an academic-creative collaboration between Professor Edith Hall and Dr Magdalena Zira, first performed in Cyprus in Modern Greek, is being re-worked here in Durham in English. Based on virtually unknown […]

IAS Fellows’ Seminar – Human Evolutionary Narratives and Hypotheses: broadening consideration of “unique” human evolutionary developments for testing theoretical predictions in a comparative context, by Dr Adam Gordon (University of Albany)

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Image courtesy of niphon (iStock) IAS Fellows' Seminar by Dr Adam Gordon (University of Albany) Abstract The human and chimpanzee lineages diverged from each other in Africa between nine and five million years ago.  Reconstructions of past environments indicate that the human lineage emerged at a time of increasing aridity in parts of Africa, with associated expansion […]

IAS Fellows’ Seminar – The Memory of Entrepreneur (-ship) in the late 19th – first quarter of the 21st century in Ukraine by Dr Tetiana Vodotyka (Institute of History of Ukraine, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine)

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IAS Fellows' Seminar by Dr Tetiana Vodotyka (Institute of History of Ukraine, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine) Abstract Since the end of the 19th century, businesses (entrepreneurship) in Central and Eastern Europe have actively participated in commemorative practices. The means to this end were memorials, naming streets and settlements, and patronage. The presence of […]

IAS Fellows’ Seminar – Global Literary Scandals: conceptual considerations using the example of Goethe’s The Sorrows of Young Werther by Dr Urs Büttner (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf)

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IAS Fellows' Seminar by Dr Urs Büttner (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf) Abstract Literary scandals form a thriving field of research, and their prerequisites and dramaturgy have been well explored by now. However, cross-border and cross-language literary scandals have been scarcely investigated so far. One reason for this is their infrequency, and over time, they have […]

IAS Fellows’ Seminar – Mini-Publics and Political Authority

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IAS Fellows' Seminar by Professor Ian O'Flynn (Newcastle University) Abstract In seeking to replace elected governments with governments whose members have been randomly selected, the assumption is that mini-publics should have political authority.  This paper does not dispute the possibility of giving political authority to mini-publics.  It does, however, dispute its basis in democracy.  In […]

IAS Fellows’ Seminar – Tackling Online False Information in the UK: the online safety act and its potential implications for free speech

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Image courtesy of Firmbee on Unsplash IAS Fellows' Seminar by Dr Peter Coe (University of Birmingham) Abstract It is commonly recognised that the publication of false information can be harmful to the public sphere. The UK government’s answer to this problem is the Online Safety Bill (soon to be the Online Safety Act) which will […]

IAS Fellows’ Seminar – Consequences of communist nationalism: Dacian Sanctuaries, Gods and Heroes in Romanian Music of the 1960s and 1980s

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IAS Fellows' Seminar by Professor Valentina Sandu-Dediu (National University of Music, Bucharest) Abstract It is about the impact of an idea promoted during the Ceaușescu regime, namely "thracology", which is the basis of the supposed antiquity of the Romanians of several thousand years. In the 1970s, an ideological offensive was launched, which among some historians […]

IAS Fellows’ Seminar – Humanitarian Sovereignty, Exceptional Muslims, and the Transnational Making of Kuwaiti Citizens

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IAS Fellows' Seminar by Dr Mara Leichtman (Michigan State University) Abstract What is the role of transnational non-state philanthropic actors in the Kuwaiti humanitarian mission abroad? How does humanitarian aid reinforce and (re)conceptualize Kuwaiti notions of citizenship? A key provider of foreign assistance, this small, at times vulnerable, Gulf country has given generously to other […]

IAS Fellows’ Seminar – How the European Symphony Orchestra Became a Radical Soviet Experiment

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IAS Fellows' Seminar by Professor Kevin Bartig (Michigan State University) Abstract This seminar approaches musical culture in the Soviet Union during its consequential first decade through the lens of a utopian experiment: a Moscow-based symphony orchestra whose members dispensed with a conductor and conceived of themselves as equals. Known as the “First Symphonic Ensemble,” the […]

IAS Fellows’ Seminar – Sociological Perspectives of Ukraine’s Transformations Since 2014 and Their Implications for Europe

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Image courtesy of Eugene on Unsplash IAS Fellows' Seminar by Dr Kateryna Ivashchenko-Stadnik (Institute of History of Ukraine, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine) Abstract This seminar provides a concise overview of the sociological perspective on Ukraine's transformations since 2014, with a focus on key milestones and significant societal changes observed since 2014 in comparison […]

IAS Fellows’ Seminar – Fiction, Anticipation, and Proleptic Memory

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IAS Fellows' Seminar by Dr Avishek Parui (Indian Institute of Technology Madras) Abstract This seminar will aim to examine how the medium of fiction is uniquely equipped to represent memory and anticipation as entangled experiences. Drawing on studies in forms and techniques in fiction as well as theories in memory studies, this talk will offer […]

IAS Visiting Scholar’s Seminar – Leadership in Technicolor: exploring the richness of multi-domain leader identities

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IAS Visiting Scholar's Seminar by Dr Michelle Hammond (Oakland University)   Abstract Becoming a leader was once predominantly viewed as a professional milestone, with research in the field prescribing the ideal traits, behaviors, and requisite skills. However, contemporary perspectives emphasize that the emergence of and need for high-quality leadership extends well beyond traditional boundaries of work. […]

IAS Fellows’ Seminar – Rethinking Procedural Justice Theory for Modern (digital) Public Services

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IAS Fellows' Seminar by Professor Joe Tomlinson (University of York) Abstract We all interact with public services in our everyday lives, but researchers have not done enough to understand what just interactions in these settings look like--something that is more important as public services are seeing a digital revolution. This talk will argue that it […]