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Insights captures the ideas and work-in-progress of Fellows who visited the Institute of Advanced Study during its thematic framework (from 2006 – 2017).

These short papers take the form of thought experiments, summaries of research findings, theoretical statements, original reviews, and occasionally more fully worked treatises. Insights volumes may span more than one theme and details which theme is covered in which volume can be viewed to the right hand side of this page. The current editor is Nicholas Saul, IAS Director of Arts and Humanities and Professor of German Literary and Intellectual History. Previous editors of Insights were Professor Susan Smith (2006-2009), Professor Michael O’Neill (2009-2012), and Professor Barbara Graziosi (2012-2015).

Volume 10 (2017)
Author Title Theme
Ted Gup America and the Death of Facts: Politics and War on Rationalism Evidence
Jan Clarke Back to Black: Variable Lighting Levels on the Seventeenth-Century French Stage, Lavoisier and the Enigma of La Pierre philosophale Light
Heather Douglas Sexual Violence and Evidence: The Approach of the Feminist Judge Evidence
David Dryden What Have Restriction Enzymes Ever Done for Us? Evidence
Jessica Brown Evidence and Scepticism Evidence
Richard Walsh Complexity, Scale, Story: Narrative Models in Will Self and Enid Blyton Scale
Julia Prest Performing the Racial Scale: From Colonial Saint-Domingue to Contemporary Hollywood Scale
Jon Hesk Greek Thinking, Fast and Slow. Euripides and Thucydides on Deliberation and Decision-Making Evidence
Howard and Frances Morphy Relative autonomy, socio-cultural trajectories and the emergence of something new Emergence
Carlo Vecce The Fading Evidence of Reality: Leonardo and the End Evidence
Andrew Baldwin Theorising climate change and migration: affect, politics and the future-conditional Emergence
Massimo Leone Weight Problems: An Enquiry into Scales and Justice Scale
David Pritchard Democratic War-Making in Ancient Athens Emergence
Tim May Evidence and Insight: In Search of the Distinctiveness of the University as a Site of Knowledge Production Evidence
Matthew Eddy Childmade Evidence: A Reflection on the Sources Used to Historicise Childhood Evidence
Barbara Sattler Measurement and Scales in Aristotle Scale
Kalyan Perumalla Normality, Magic, Miracle and Error: emergence along a reversibility spectrum Emergence
Kai Weise Authenticity and Post-Earthquake Rehabilitation of Cultural Heritage. Learning from the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake and the 2016 Chauk Earthquake Emergence


Volume 7 (2014)
Volume 5 (2012)
Volume 3 (2010)
Author Title Theme
John Haslett and Peter Challenor Palaeoclimate Histories Modelling
Zoltán Kövecses Metaphorical Creativity in Discourse Modelling
Maxine Sheets-Johnstone Strangers, Trust, and Religion: On the Vulnerability of Being Alive Darwin’s Legacy
Jill Gordon On Being Human in Medicine Being Human
Eduardo Mendieta Political Bestiary: On the Uses of Violence Being Human
Charles Fernyhough What is it Like to Be a Small Child? Being Human
Maren Stange Photography and the End of Segregation Being Human
Andy Baker Water Colour: Processes Affecting Riverine Organic Carbon Concentration Water
Iain Chambers Maritime Criticism and Lessons from the Sea Water
Christer Bruun Imperial Power, Legislation, and Water Management in the Roman Empire Water
Chris Brooks Being Human, Human Rights and Modernity Being Human
Ingo Gildenhard and Andrew Zissos Metamorphosis – angles of approach Being Human
Ezio Todini A Model for Developing Integrated and Sustainable Energy and Water Resources Strategies Water
Veronica Strang Water, Culture and Power: Anthropological Perspectives from ‘Down Under’ Water
Richard Arculus Water and Volcanism Water
Marilyn Strathern A tale of two letters: Reflections on knowledge conversions Water
Paul Langley Cause, Condition, Cure: Liquidity in the Global Financial Crisis, 2007-8 Water
Stefan Helmreich Waves Water
Jenny Terry The Work of Cultural Memory: Imagining Atlantic Passages in Literature of the Black Diaspora Water
Monica Grady Does Life on Earth Imply Life on Mars? Water
Ian Wright Water Worlds Water
Shlomi Dinar Climate Change and State Grievances: The Resiliency of International River Treaties to Increase Water Variability Water
Robin Hendry Science and Everyday Life: ‘Water’ vs ‘H2O’ Water