• Charles P. Bigger, Louisiana State University
  • Karl Guthke, Harvard University
  • Sally J.B. Kinsey, Syracuse University
  • Steven T. Kuhn, Georgetown University
  • Ned Landsman, State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • Donald W. Livingston, Emory University
  • John J. McGavin, University of Southhampton
  • John A. Moorhead, University of Queensland
  • Eric W. Nye, University of Wyoming.
  • Breandán Ó Madagáin, University College Galway
  • Paul A. Olson, University of Nebraska
  • Valentina Poggi, University of Bologna
  • Thomas Postelwait, University of Georgia
  • Michael West, University of Pittsburgh
  • Richard Wiese, Universität Dusseldorf
  • Karina Williamson, St Hilda’s College Oxford


  • Mrs Sophia M.W. Gifford makes a second donation of £250,000 to IASH.
  • The Advisory Board is created. Early members include Dr Robert G.W. Anderson, Baroness O’Neill of Bengarve, Lord Balfour of Burleigh, Lord Cameron, Sir Kenneth Alexander and Dr Janet Morgan.
  • Visiting speakers include Sir James Craig, Malcolm Bowie, Marcus Singer and Yves Bonnefoy. Conferences on Danish history, the philosophy of linguistics, palaeolithic and mesolithic archaeology and medieval frontier societies are also supported by the Institute.
  • A working committee is founded for the upcoming project Technology, Communication and the Humanities in 1988 (TeCH88).
  • In May, Jean Jones addresses the Royal Society of Edinburgh on James Hutton.
  • In October, Peter Jones visits the USA to establish further links with American scholars.

Donald W. Livingston: “As a Fellow, one could hear from one’s colleagues a paper on the Irish oral tradition, one on David Hume’s conception of the human scale of political order, and one by a former minister of a Soviet republic on secession from the Soviet Union. Such gatherings reminded me of the ‘philosophical’ societies in Edinburgh during the heyday of the Scottish Enlightenment.”

Paul A. Olson: “The Institute for Advanced Studies was a fine place for me: good friends, good critics, good offices for research work, and, finally, that combination of peace and community that makes thinking possible.”

John McGavin: “It is fair to say that the Institute gave me my first enhanced career opportunity… The Institute helped me, and possibly others, to see my work in a different light, and for that I will always be very grateful.”

Michael West: “My experience at the Institute was catalytic for my scholarship in several ways. Among my happy memories are the help provided by staff in typing my manuscripts and Edinburgh’s excellent deposit library as well as the university library… The cosmopolitan cultural atmosphere of the city is a reason why I’ve always encouraged American candidates for Marshall and Fulbright fellowships to apply there rather than to English Universities.”


Professor Charles P. Bigger, “Deconstruction Deconstructed”

Professor Karl Guthke, “Last Words – A Convention in Life, Literature & Biography”

Professor Steven T. Kuhn, “Logic & Existence”

Professor Donald Livingston, “Hume, Ideology & the American Crisis”

Dr John J. McGavin, “Medieval English Similes”

Dr John A. Moorhead, “Theodoric and the Romans”

Professor Eric W. Nye, “Sterling Connections (1806-1844)”

Professor Paul A. Olson, “Smith, Hume and Utilitarian ‘Education for the Market’: the origins of compulsory public education in England”

Professor Breandán Ó Madagáin, “The Meaning of Song in the Gaelic Tradition of Scotland and Ireland”

Professor Valentina Poggi, “Time as Change and Time as Recurrenced in Modern Scottish Fiction”

Professor Thomas Postlewait, “The Concept of Periodization in Cultural History”

Professor E. John Revell, “Hebrew Language and Biblical Narrative”

Professor Michael West, “Spenser’s Art of War: Chivalric Tactics, Military Technology & Renaissance Mock-Heroic”

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