Shami Chakrabarti CBE – one of the UK’s foremost human rights campaigners – is to receive an honorary degree from the University of London in this year’s School of Advanced Study’s (SAS) graduation ceremony on 9 December. She will be presented with a Doctor of Laws honoris causa in recognition of 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.
The third Anthony Davis Book Collecting Prize at the University of London has been awarded to Clara Tait, a part-time MSc Psychology student at Birkbeck, for her collection ‘These were the hours: Nancy Cunard and the Hours Press 1928-1931’. A runner’s up prize was awarded to Arendse Lund for a collection of Icelandic sagas in various languages.
From the emotive to the blunt, the 800 left-wing political pamphlets assembled by leading labour and trade union historian Henry Pelling are a treasure trove of UK history. And they have just been made public by Senate House Library ( SHL ), University of London.
Professor Jane Winters, chair in digital humanities at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study, has been elected a council member of the UK’s leading organisation for historians, the Royal Historical Society (RHS). The RHS, which was founded in 1868, is the leading society in the UK that works with professional historians to advance the scholarly study of the past. Professor Winters will serve for four years from 25 November.
All member institutes of the School of Advanced Study (SAS) welcome proposals from suitably qualified applicants for the H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships scheme. These prestigious grants support individual, transnational fellowships for promising researchers seeking employment in member states, associated countries and some non-associated countries*. Applications should be made jointly by the researcher and host organisation.
Statement from Professor Roger Kain (dean and chief executive of the School of Advanced Study and pro vice-chancellor (Research) University of London)
The Centre for Ernst Bloch Studies, founded at the University of Sheffield in 2007, has transferred to the Institute of Modern Languages Research ( IMLR ) at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study. Renamed the Ernst Bloch Centre for German Thought , it will be led by Dr Johan Siebers, IMLR associate fellow and associate professor of philosophy and religion at Middlesex University. He is also general editor of the Bloch Bibliothek, which is run by the centre’s membership comprising national and international translators.
The Warburg Institute has appointed a scholar of Renaissance Italian art as its new deputy director. Professor Michelle O’Malley (left) will join the institute, which is part of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study, on 1 October. She has longstanding links with Warburg, not least of which is her PhD which she gained in 1994. Her dissertation was on Italian contracts and the commissioning process, her present work focuses on issues of commission, production, value and quality concerning painting and other material objects in Renaissance Italy.
Many of you will be aware of the decision made by the UK electorate to leave the European Union. Although this is not an outcome that we would have wanted, the University of London and the institutes of the School of Advanced Study ( SAS ) will continue to value the diversity which our EU and international students bring to us.
Historian and digital publishing specialist Dr Philip Carter (left) is set to join the Institute of Historical Research ( IHR ) as its new head of digital publications. He will take up his post at the institute, a member of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study ( SAS ), in mid-October.