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.


Distinguished international scholar David Freedberg appointed Director of The Warburg InstituteDistinguished international scholar David Freedberg appointed Director of The Warburg Institute

The University of London is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor David Freedberg as Director of The Warburg Institute with effect from July 2015.

Professor Freedberg is a highly distinguished scholar with an international career spanning more than forty years. He has taught at Columbia University since 1984 and is currently Pierre Matisse Professor of the History of Art as well as Director of the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America. His commitment to cross-disciplinary work in the sciences, anthropology and the arts was instrumental in the establishment of the Academy’s Neuroscience and Humanities project.

After studying classics at Yale University and gaining a DPhil from Oxford with his dissertation on Iconoclasm and Painting in the Revolt of the Netherlands, 1566–1609, the South African born academic worked at two University of London colleges, Westfield (now Queen Mary) and the Courtauld Institute of Art. He has amassed a formidable array of academic honours and awards and is the author of numerous articles and several books including The Eye of the Lynx: Galileo, His Friends, and the Beginnings of Modern Natural History and The Power of Images: Studies in the History and Theory of Response.


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 ...

Being Human Summer Social

Being Human Summer Social | 10 June

The first Being Human Summer Social is on 10th June, 5.15pm–8pm, at Senate House, University of London. It’s a great opportunity, especially for those involved, to meet other participants, the festival director, curators, artists, and many others.




Legally navigating academic blogging and social media

Legally navigating academic blogging and social media | 29 April

Dr Judith Townend is the speaker at this month's Social Scholar, where she will discuss social media and legal concerns. Read blog post...