Institute for Advanced Study (IAS)

One of the most important developments or events in the unit's history

In AY 2014-15 CEU IAS was four years old, marking the end of its initial phase of existence. The first four years were spent with setting up the Institute, establishing its routines and introducing it to the international academic community. As a concluding step of this phase, towards the end of the academic year a formal external evaluation was conducted, which gave an opportunity for taking stock of the Institute's strength and remaining challenges. One of the noted achievements of IAS was the 15 books, along with a great number of articles and book chapters that its fellows published as a result of their stay at CEU IAS.

The most important development in 2014-15

IAS hosted a fascinating cohort of fellows, selected from over 600 applicants from all over the world. Their contributions directly enriched academic life in Hungary in general and that of Central European University in particular.

Other important developments in 2014-15

CEU IAS, jointly with the School of Public Policy at CEU and the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin, launched the fellowship program "Global Challenges Fellowship." The program, implemented with the generous support of the Volkswagen Foundation, will host scholars from rising non-Western powers to explore questions in the humanities and social sciences relevant to the most pressing public policy challenges of the 21st century. CEU IAS also received support from the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, which will fund two research fellowships next year.

Engagement with external entities in 2014-15

During their fellowship, CEU IAS fellows gave several talks at Hungarian universities and at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Major events in 2014-15

IAS hosted an internationally acclaimed conference on proper names organized by our senior fellow Professor Craige Roberts of Ohio State University, along with a colleague from the Research Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Department of Logic at ELTE in Budapest. Anthropologist fellow Hadas Weiss assembled a workshop on the exciting and timely topic of financialization, which attracted scholars from several countries as well as CEU faculty and students from various Hungarian universities. The Third Annual IAS Lecture was delivered by Joel Robbins, Sigrid Rausing Professor of Social Anthropology at Trinity College, Cambridge, on "Relativism and Critique: Anthropology, Rights, and the Comparative Study of the Good."