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Title: The Institute of Advanced Study


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The Institute of Advanced Study
  • Sir Kenneth Calman
  • Vice-Chancellor and Warden
  • 11 October 2006

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Based on ideas
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  • Durhams Institute of Advanced Study is
    distinctive in organising the core of its work
    around a rolling programme of thematic priorities
  • Core themes have
  • interdisciplinary appeal
  • are controversial
  • lie at the cutting edge of research

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A few more ideasHeads of Department were
contacted asking for big ideas that will be
central to the development of their subject area,
the following topics were suggested
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  • English
  • Ethics after postmodernism the
    role of the arts
  • Epistemology and pluralism are
    there aesthetic/literary kinds of knowledge as

    well as scientific/philosophical kinds?
  • Philosophy
  • Realism versus anti-realism
  • The origin of language

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  • Theology and Religion
  • Inter-religious understanding
  • Religion in relation to science, liberal ideals
    and the postmodern condition
  • International Relations
  • What does the rise of a 21st century Asian
    super-region mean for international relations
    and the international balance of power
  • Is mass politics as we knew in the 20th century
    dead?
  • Law
  • The protection of human rights
  • The design of effective regulatory mechanisms

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5

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  • Applied Social Sciences
  • Recognition of the whole
    system nature of the world and the way in which
    we interact with it.
  • Breaking down the boundaries between theory and
    practice
  • Health
  • Models of health understanding and models of
    healthcare delivery
  • Understanding well-being

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6

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  • Business
  • Corporate social responsibility and the
    legitimacy of the capitalist economic system
  • The balance between the public and private in
    how the public sector is organised
  • Physics
  • What is the universe made of?
  • The physics of complexity
  • Chemistry
  • Sustainable energy
  • Learning to control materials at all scales from
    the atomic through to meso/nano to macro

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7

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  • Geography
  • Developments in planetary geomorphology
  • Climate change and the adaptation required in a
    world driven by complex interactions
  • Relational geographies territorial space versus
    space made through human and non-human practices
  • Trans-humanism and the increasing attention
    being paid to the inseparability of human life
    from its nature and technology
  • Shifts in the understanding of identities
  • Earth Sciences
  • Comparative planetology
  • The 3D capture and visualisation of Earth
    Structures

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Seeing the bigger picture..
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  • The changing environment
  • ecologically
  • geographically
  • technologically
  • A reduction in carbon emissions
  • Bioethics
  • Globalisation and the challenges it brings
  • The global distribution of water

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  • The concept of being human in a non-human age
  • The tensions and conflicts between cultures,
    races and religions
  • Poverty and power
  • Social hope
  • Can people be induced to sacrifice their
    welfare for the welfare of future generations?
  • What is our legacy to our children in the
    21st century?

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The RSA Journal (Oct 2006) includes an article on
The Millennium Project, a global think-tank
striving to find solutions to the biggest
challenges destined to face us in the future.
The 15 interlinked challenges that form the
primary concerns of the Millennium Project are
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  • Sustainable development for all
    Balancing population growth and resources
  • Sufficient clean water
    Genuine democracy Globally
    sensitive policy making
  • Global convergence of communications
    technologies Ethical market
    economies
  • Reducing the threat of disease
    Improved capacity to make decisions
    during change
  • Reduction of ethnic conflict
    Changing status of women
    Stopping crime networks
  • Meeting growing energy demands
    Scientific breakthroughs to support the human
    condition
  • Incorporating
    ethical considerations into global decisions

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So we are seeing the bigger picture at
Durham..Perhaps we could have our own The
little Durham book of Big Ideas.
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