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 Victoria County History ( VCH ) project has just appointed a new editor, Professor Angus Winchester (left) from Lancaster University. Brush any ‘waxed jackets’ notions of county aside because this august body publishes historical reference works on English counties – it has a long and illustrious history of its own – and is coordinated by the Institute of Historical Research ( IHR ).
Leading South African intellectual Professor Xolela Mangcu, has been appointed as the School of Advanced Study’s ( SAS ) Emeka Anyaoku Chair in Commonwealth Studies. Described as ‘possibly the most prolific public intellectual in South Africa’ by The Sunday Times , he is professor of sociology at the University of Cape Town, and the 2016 Harry Oppenheimer Hutchins Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. He will be based at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ) and arrives in January 2017.
A consortium led by the University of Manchester , the University of Durham , and the School of Advanced Study has launched a four-year language research project that aims to demonstrate the UK’s critical need for modern languages research and teaching. The project will collaborate with schools and universities to develop curriculum innovations and strengthen university commitments to local community heritage.
The University of London is pleased to announce that Professor Evelyn Welch will take up the role of chair of the Advisory Council of the Warburg Institute with effect from 1 October 2016.
The Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR) at the School of Advanced Study is looking for budding student story-tellers willing to spin a yarn about migration – in German. After the successes of the 2014 poetry competition organised in cooperation with the British Museum’s ‘Germany – memories of a nation’ exhibition, and the translation competition based on Annett Gröschner’s novel Walpurgistag the following year, IMLR and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) are joining forces again to launch the third writing challenge for all learners and lovers of German.
Martian autopsies and an evening of urban shamanism in south London’s Cross Bones Graveyard for the ‘outcast dead’ lend a fun element to the serious business of UK humanities research. They are among the hundreds of events in this year’s nine-day Being Human festival (17–25 November) which highlights the richness and vitality of humanities research and the ways it benefits society. And with just seven weeks to go the full programme of UK events has been published online today ( http://beinghumanfestival.org/press/ ).
How can governments respond to migrants and asylum-seekers suspected of serious criminality without tying themselves into legal knots? A new report, launched today (27 September) before governments in Brussels and Geneva by the Refugee Law Initiative (RLI) at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study, might just have the answer.
Judy McGregor, a human rights expert from New Zealand, takes up her new role in London as a NZ-UK Link Foundation Visiting Professor this month. She will be based at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study for 12 weeks until 25 November.