The excitement of instant information from the internet for archivists and historians has been tempered by concerns about the shelf life of data — the so-called ‘black hole’ of lost material — and the rise of a new generation of ‘born digital’ government archives. For five days (12–16 June), academics, researchers, archivists, curators and IT developers from across the world will converge on London to address these issues at a Web Archiving Week event hosted by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, and the British Library.
Britain’s part in the transatlantic slave trade and its abolition is well documented. But the story of the British Empire’s role in its sanitised replacement – indentured labour – is largely unknown.
Ever wondered why you like a certain painting or brand of coffee? Can our senses of taste and smell help define who we are? At a two-day event (27–28 April) at London’s Tate Exchange, come and experience for yourself some of the unexpected strategies our brain uses to make and share matters of taste, from the most sensory ones to our appreciation of art
There was a time in literature when authors lost the plot. This was signalled by Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time , one of the most important novels to shift literature’s emphasis away from plot to a more subjective exploration of perspective and emotional responses.
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