Image: © Shutterstock Hostility to press freedom and journalistic independence is growing across the Commonwealth and journalists face increasing obstruction and even physical danger. So how is this 52-nation group responding to these new threats which challenge democracy and human rights as much as freedom of speech?
Graduate students considering research-based careers specialising in Latin America are being offered the opportunity to take part in a new master’s programme at the Institute of Latin American Studies ( ILAS ). A member institute of the School of Advanced Study at the University of London, ILAS is providing a qualification for Latin America research that reaches parts of the subject that others don’t.
Whistleblowers are under attack by those they report on and confidential sources are increasingly compromised by state surveillance. A new report launched today – ‘ Protecting sources and whistleblowers in a digital age ’ aims to address these issues and makes ten recommendations for policymakers, lawmakers, news organisations, researchers and NGOs on how to protect the people who provide journalists with valuable information.
Two award-winning authors – Anja Tuckermann and Ulrike Ulrich – will take part in a special celebration for the winners of this year’s German writing competition organised by the Institute of Modern Languages Research ( IMLR ) at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. And you are invited too. Submissions had come from a range of learners and from all walks of life for the third annual writing challenge for all learners and lovers of German, a joint development by IMLR and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
An array of activities in the next few days will launch the Legal Translation hub – a cross-institute initiative by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) in collaboration with the Institute of Modern Languages Research at the School of Advanced Study. The hub will host regular events such as seminars and discussion panels, and an annual Legal Translation Day. A unique LLM in Legal Translation is launching in October 2017, and a dedicated library section has been established within the IALS library.
Dr Nora Ni Loideain (left), a scholar in governance, human rights and technology, has been appointed director of the Information Law and Policy Centre ( ILPC ) at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS), one of nine research institutes of the School of Advanced Study, University of London. Currently a postdoctoral research associate for the technology and democracy project at the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), Dr Ni Loideain takes up her new role at IALS in May
The Warburg Institute has been awarded $530,000 by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to establish a chair in the history of art, science and folk practice and an associated post-doctoral research position. The new professorship will be critical in restoring, developing and elaborating the theoretical, cultural historical and anthropological implications of the work of Aby Warburg, the founder of the institute. It will inspire the kinds of cross-disciplinary work that will help revitalise the possibilities of research in the humanities.
Director and founder of the Refugee Law Initiative at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study Dr David James Cantor (left) has been appointed senior adviser to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). He will work part-time with the UNHCR’s Americas bureau from November 2016.
The School of Advanced Study (SAS) will take a bold further step into the field of digital humanities with the launch of its new open-access scholarly books platform on 17 January 2017. Called the Humanities Digital Library , it is an initiative of SAS and the University of London, and is led by two of the School’s research centres — the Institutes of Historical Research (IHR) and Advanced Legal Studies (IALS). Once live, the website will be available at humanities-digital-library.org.
Tucked away at the very top of its iconic Bloomsbury home, the Senate House Library is something of a hidden treasure. And its wealth of original research bears witness to revolutions across the disciplines, from medicine to politics. In early 2017, the library will launch its unique celebration of the individuals and groups who raised their voices to argue for social and political reform. ‘Radical Voices’, an exhibition supported by a wide variety of events, will amplify those voices throughout the library, the School of Advanced study and the University of London.