The Institute of Historical Research (IHR) at the School of Advanced Study has published a remarkable new biographical work, charting the lives of more than 4,000 officers who fought for Parliament during the first English Civil War of 1642-46. Entitled, Cromwell Association Directory of Parliamentarian Army Officers , it is a work of extensive scholarship which promises to transform historians’ understanding of those who took up arms against Charles I.
Developmental psychologist and award winning author Professor Paul L Harris (left) joins the Institute of Philosophy this month as the 2017 School of Advanced Study's ST Lee Visiting Professorial Fellow.
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.
Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons will be present at the University of London for its inaugural 1858 Charter Lecture, celebrating the teaching work of T.S. Eliot. He will be giving a poetry reading of Eliot’s Four Quartets , following a keynote lecture by internationally acclaimed academic, Professor Ronald Schuchard. Professor Schuchard’s lecture, entitled ‘Eliot in the Classroom – 1916 to 1919’, will focus on the poet's early writing, much of which was shaped during his time as an extension tutor for the University of London.
Professor Rick Rylance, Director of the Institute of English Studies (IES), has been appointed the new Dean and Chief Executive of the School of Advanced Study (SAS) and Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research in the University of London. He will succeed Professor Roger Kain CBE, FBA, who has led the School for more than seven years. Professor Rylance took over the IES directorship in December 2015. Prior to that he was Chief Executive of the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Chair of the Research Councils UK Executive Group.
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
Professor John Haffenden (left), senior research fellow at the Institute of English Studies (IES), has been elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences . He is one of 40 such members and 188 Fellows in this year’s cohort, which include some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, as well as civic, business and philanthropic leaders.
The government has confirmed that EU students will continue to remain eligible for undergraduate, master’s, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support in the 2018–19 academic year. The decision ( announced on 21 April ) means EU students applying for an undergraduate or master’s course at an English university or further education institution in the 2018–19 academic year will continue to have access to student loans and grants, even if the course concludes after the UK’s exit from the EU.
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.