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 Brush any ‘waxed jackets’ notions of county aside because this august body publishes historical reference works on English counties – it has a long and illustrious history of its own – and is coordinated by the Institute of Historical Research ( IHR ).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.
The much-loved Bloomsbury Festival returns this week between 19 and 23 October. Events inspired by the theme of Language - from computer code to the language of food, music and dance - will be popping up in the streets, parks, museums, galleries, laboratories, public and usually private buildings of this vibrant part of London.
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/ ).