IAS Annual Report 2014-15 - page 34

‘The Durham IAS Fellowship experience is an
impeccably conceived, organised, and executed
program in which I have had the opportunity to
participate. It exposed me to viewing my own
field of research through the eyes of experts in
other fields.’
Dr Kalyan S Perumalla
‘The time I spent in Durham was among the
happiest I’ve had, both in terms of academic
experiences and enjoying the town itself and I
can say without qualification that I have never
experienced such a fruitful interchange with
colleagues in other fields.’
Professor Margaret Morrison
Howard Morphy
Frances Morphy
Margaret Morrison
Kalyan Perumalla
Professor Howard Morphy
Australian National University
Van Mildert College
World-leading leading anthropologist Howard Morphy’s
research has for over forty years focussed on the Yolngu
people of Eastern Arnhem Land in Northern Australia. The
main research focus of his joint IAS Fellowship with Frances
Morphy was the role of relative autonomy in social change.
The Fellowship allowed him to confirm his belief in the value of
interdisciplinary dialogue, and provided him the opportunity to
clarify his own thinking about the application of emergence in
the social sciences, particularly in the study of social change.
Frances Morphy
Australian National University
Van Mildert College
Frances Morphy is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Aboriginal
Economic Policy Research at the Australian National University.
For several decades the core focus of her research has been on
the Yolngu-speaking peoples of north east Arnhem Land. Her
joint Fellowship with Howard Morphy extended her research
and writing on the Yolngu conceptualisation of mind.
Professor Margaret Morrison
University of Toronto
Trevelyan College
Philosopher of science Margaret Morrison’s research spans a
variety of topics in the philosophy and history of physics and
one area of particular interest is the nature of theory. Her
research at the IAS involved trying to find a characterization
of emergence that would distinguish it from situations where
certain phenomena cannot be explained due to a lack of
Dr Kalyan Perumalla
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Josephine Butler College
Dr Perumalla found his Fellowship beneficial in a number
of ways: it allowed him to view his own research through
the eyes of other disciplines. Close interaction with fellows
from other entirely different disciplines such as the arts and
anthropology helped him reinterpret computing’s relevance
and impact. It also enabled synergetic interaction by applying
computing to other disciplines.
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