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The Human Mind Project

How does the human mind work? If we mean by this more than its basic functions, then we are looking not only at the sciences to find our answers but to a truly interdisciplinary collaboration including science, humanities, and the arts.

The Human Mind Project will do just this. Launched on 12 December 2014 by the Institute of Philosophy , a member institute of the School, this ambitious project represents a coordinated, international effort to define the major intellectual challenges in understanding the nature and significance of the human mind, and thus the nature of how we think, feel, communicate and interact.

Follow our Human Mind Project blog posts for interviews with the project collaborators.


Rick Rylance appointed director of the Institute of English StudiesRick Rylance appointed director of the Institute of English Studies

The University of London’s School of Advanced Study (SAS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Rick Rylance as director of the Institute of English Studies (IES). He will take up his appointment in the autumn.

Professor Rylance is currently chief executive of the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and chair of the Research Councils UK executive group. He has been at the AHRC since 2009. Prior to that he was head of the School of Arts, Languages and Literature at the University of Exeter, and before that dean of arts and letters at the then Anglia Polytechnic University in Cambridge.

Professor Sir Adrian Smith, vice-chancellor of the University of London said: ‘I am delighted with the appointment of Professor Rick Rylance as the director of the Institute of English Studies. He brings a wealth of knowledge of research in English studies and the wider research funding landscape in the UK. I look forward to working with him to support the future of the Institute.’


A Liberal Tide? Immigration and asylum law and policy in Latin America

A Liberal Tide? Immigration and asylum law and policy in Latin America

David James Cantor Luisa Feline Freier Jean-Pierre Gauci

Over the past decade, a paradigm shift in migration and asylum law and policymaking appears to have taken place in Latin America. Does this apparent ‘liberal tide’ of new laws and policies suggest a new approach to the hot topics of migration and refugees in Latin America distinct ...

SAS Humanities Open Day

School of Advanced Study, Humanities Open Day | 10 June, 1 - 5pm

Join us for the School of Advanced Study Humanities Open Day, showcasing a vast array of resources including: postgraduate courses, research training, libraries, archives and digital tools. Ideal for undergraduates as well as early career researchers. Take part in tours of Senate House Library, network with our academics, alumni and other prospective students. Browse the usual open day stands, and enter the raffle to have a chance at winning a special prize. The day will culminate with a wine reception and celebration of the 2015 Being Human festival winners of the UK-wide funding competition (5.15–8pm).




Faversham reveals its ‘hidden treasure’

Faversham reveals its ‘hidden treasure’

Faversham’s 1300 Magna Carta is about to make a rare public appearance as the centrepiece of an exhibition, which opens in the town on 23 May. The project’s curator, Laura Samuels explains what visitors can expect from the historic market town’s commemoration of Magna Carta – 800 years on. Read blog post...