Talking Humanities: School of Advanced Study launches online humanities hub

Tuesday 5 May 2015

School of Advanced Study launches online humanities hub

After more than ten months in development the School of Advanced Study (SAS) has today unveiled Talking Humanities, a brand new hub for comment and analysis of research, events, training and policy in the UK humanities. Written by academics from around the world, Talking Humanities will provide a variety of thought-provoking articles on the things that matter to, and interest, the humanities researcher.

Besides displaying improved website navigation and a 'decluttered' look, Talking Humanities aims to reflect subject diversity. And the enhanced design, with a range of new features, will also provide more visual clues about each story’s relative importance and its editorial tone. Whether it is a breaking news story, a piece of analysis, an opinion, a feature or a review, we hope there will be something for everyone.

A rich and diverse field of study, the humanities encompasses anything from history to languages, legal studies, music, philosophy, the classics, the arts and politics – and any mix between them and other subject areas. The School has a national mission to support research in any number of humanities disciplines, and facilitate discussion, debate and knowledge wherever possible. This new online hub is an important step towards that mission, and will grow and evolve.  

Already SAS supports numerous initiatives, some of which are in London, where it is based, but increasingly many are online. These can be accessed by anyone with an internet connection. Therefore, Talking Humanities is a perfect fit with the other online resources we produce.

‘Talking Humanities is an obvious next step for SAS to take in its provision of innovative digital resources,’ explains the editor, Dr Matthew Phillpott.

‘Up until now we have been doing what many institutions around the world are doing – promoting our own institution through our blog. And there is nothing wrong with that. However, SAS is about much more than this. We are here to facilitate research across the UK, and internationally, and to help others make an impact. Annually we host nearly 2,000 events, training opportunities and projects, but our net is cast much wider and our blog should therefore reflect that. Talking Humanities is not just about SAS, it’s about you, the humanities researcher.’

Professor Lorna Hughes, who joined the School in January as its first chair in digital humanities, confirms digital scholarly communications methods are now central to the humanities.

‘They not only enable our research to be shared widely and immediately, but also allow our engagement with colleagues to be enriched through the addition of interactive features, and links to resources, data and other additional information,’ she says. ‘Talking Humanities is an important new platform for sharing research nationally and internationally in a collaborative and innovative way.’

The new Talking Humanities blog can be found at talkinghumanities.blogs.sas.ac.uk. We would be very pleased to consider short articles on any UK-focused research, events, projects, and training from humanities researchers. Just get in touch with us at sas.info@sas.ac.uk.

For further information contact:
Maureen McTaggart, Media and Public Relations Officer, School of Advanced Study, University of London +44 (0)20 7862 8653 / maureen.mctaggart@sas.ac.uk.