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.
Baroness Sharmishta Chakrabarti, CBE, one of the UK’s foremost human rights campaigners and Labour Party politician, was awarded an honorary degree at the School of Advanced Study’s (SAS) graduation ceremony on 9 December. She was presented with a Doctor of Laws honoris causa, which recognises her achievements in the fields of law and human rights and her support for the School’s commitment to the civil value of the humanities.
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.
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 ).
US academic Professor Sonita Sarker can add another visiting fellowship to her résumé, after she accepted an appointment as visiting fellow at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study ( SAS ). A respected professor of English and of women's, gender, and sexuality studies at Macalester College, Minnesota, she is the first recipient of the Luisa Selis Fellowship at SAS’s Institute of Modern Languages Research ( IMLR ).
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 senior Australian judge joins the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies ( IALS ) this month as its 2016–17 Inns of Court Fellow. Justice Mark Weinberg’s research focus will be on providing greater clarity on evidence requirements for multi-count indictments involving sexual offences. Justice Weinberg is a Justice of Appeal of Australia’s Supreme Court in Victoria. His tenure at the institute, a member of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study ( SAS ), runs from 16 October to 14 December.
It’s not just his story, but her story too. It’s our story in fact, and the annual History Day created by Senate House Library (SHL), the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) and the Committee of London Research Libraries in History has come around again to extend the pleasure and relevance of historical research to all of us.