The first black actor to play Othello in Britain (in1828) and London’s little known Cross Bones Graveyard, the last resting place for paupers and prostitutes, feature in this year’s Being Human festival to celebrate the diversity of humanities research in the UK. The festival is led by the School of Advanced Study ( SAS ) at the University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the British Academy. It has a new director, Professor Sarah Churchwell.
A top level global humanities event is coming to Senate House, University of London. The international Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes ( CHCI ) is one of the largest gatherings of humanities experts. It is held every year in international locations since it was created in 1988. ‘It’s a great honour to be hosting this event,’ said Professor Roger Kain, dean and chief executive of the host institution, the School of Advanced Study ( SAS ).
Dr Karen Attar’s (Senate House Library’s - SHL - curator of rare books and university art) edition of the Directory of Rare Book and Special Collections in the UK and Republic of Ireland , was named ‘book of the week’ by Against the Grain . The US-based journal and website, which carries news about libraries, publishers, book jobbers and subscription agents, acknowledges that consulting the Directory is an ‘essential first step in a research project.’
Senate House Library will be hosting an intimate and unique evening of study and performance as Professor Sir Brian Vickers leads an exploration of Shakespeare's sonnets . Sir Brian will be joined by famous actors Edward Fox, Joanna David and Dominic West, who will be reading from a selection of sonnets throughout the evening.
Few 20th-century conflicts were as ideologically and emotionally charged as the Spanish Civil War which lasted three years from 1936–39. Fewer still can claim to have united a generation of young writers, poets, photographers and artists, such as Auden, McNeice, Dos Passos, Ehrenburg, Hemingway, Koestler, Bell, Lee, Malraux, Neruda, Orwell and Vallejo, in political fervour.
The School of Advanced Study ( SAS ), has announced the arrival of three visiting scholars – two language experts and a historian – who hold prestigious invitation-only ST Lee Visiting Professorial Fellowships for 2015–16. As well as working with the School, they will be sharing their expertise and research at public meetings.
Professor Linda Newson, director of the School of Advanced Study’s Institute of Latin American Studies ( ILAS ), has won the Preston E James Eminent Latin Americanist Career Award. It’s the highest accolade available from the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers ( CLAG ).
A new international research network is employing pioneering research on Latin America to ensure that our understanding and teaching of history of knowledge is truly global. Supported by the Leverhulme Trust with a £124,000 grant, ‘Border Crossings: Latin America and the Global History of Knowledge ( LAGLOBAL )’ is led by the Institute of Latin American Studies ( ILAS ) at the School of Advanced Study, University of London.
Elegant men dressed up in ‘white flannels’ and jazzy flappers to match from the roaring twenties, will be the order of the day at Senate House when the School of Advanced Study’s (SAS) immersive re-imagining of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby takes place on 5 May, 7.30–10pm.
The media isn't exactly awash with left-wing propaganda. But trade union and socialist organisations have produced masses of their own literature – from propaganda to scholarly analysis – for years. And Senate House Library ( SHL ), University of London, has just made public a sample of an astonishing archive put together mainly from the middle to the end of the 20th century – The Ron Heisler collection.