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.’


Intercultural and Intertextual Encounters in Michael Roes

Intercultural and Intertextual Encounters in Michael Roes's Travel Fiction

Seiriol Dafydd

This book investigates a specific aspect of travel literature – the fictional travel novel – and one practitioner of that sub-genre – the contemporary German author Michael Roes (b. 1960). The analysis focuses on two main areas of research. The first concerns Roes’s ...

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).




 the Habeas Corpus Amendment Act, 1679

Political crisis and legal rights: the Habeas Corpus Amendment Act, 1679

On 15 May 1679, the supporters of Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury, introduced the Exclusion Bill in the Commons. The intention was to exclude James from the succession to the throne. Professor Michael Braddick tells us more about the Exclusion Crisis and the role of Magna Carta. Read blog post...