The Consortium of Institutes of Advanced Studies currently comprises 21 research institutes (full list of members) based within universities in Great Britain and Ireland. It is affiliated to the international Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes.

CIAS and its member institutes take an active role in promoting multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research at doctoral level and beyond, and offer an organisational structure and programme to foster these aims. Members are committed to enhancing public understanding of academic activity.

Structure

To see the list of members, affiliates and administrators, click here.

Events

ECHIC Conference

The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh (IASH) will be hosting the annual ECHIC (European Consortium of Humanities Institutes and Centres) conference from 5-7 April.  The theme of the conference is inside/OUT. The website is available here and the call for papers and further details here.

If you have any queries please contact iash@ed.ac.uk

CIAS meeting

The next meeting of CIAS will take place at Senate House on Thursday 17 November at 4.30 (in room G21a at Senate House) and will be followed by the launch event for Being Human 2016 – Hope and Fear at 6.30.    Steven Hill, Head of Research Policy at HEFCE will speak to members on the topic of inter-disciplinarity and the REF at the autumn meeting.

Being Human Launch

The Being Human launch event will include a reception and a preview of festival activities taking place across the country, with talks and performances that capture the sights and sounds of our fantastic ‘Hope & Fear’ themed programme to which everyone is welcome. Y

ou can also see the programme of events on the Being Human website.

Aims and Remit

Aims

CIAS aims to enhance visibility of research institutes and their contributions within universities, in the UK and Irish HE communities more generally, and internationally. It aims to participate actively as an expert body in the formation of government and research council research policies.

The aims are:

(i) enhanced visibility of such research institutes and their contributions within  universities, in the UK and Irish HE communities more generally, and internationally;

(ii) active participation as expert bodies in the formation of government and research council research policies.

Remit

i) promoting disciplinary innovation, building research capacity across disciplinary boundaries, and encouraging creative collaborative activities of a multi-, inter-, or post-disciplinary kind;

(ii) promoting national and international visibility of the best current research in UK and Irish HEIs;

(iii) taking a lead in collaboration between humanities, social and natural sciences including medicine and technology, institutionally and at national level;

(iv) acting as a national reference group in development of future policy regarding research across these areas;

(v) effective networking and lobbying on shared matters of concern;

(vi) development of proposals for collaborative and team research projects within institutions and between Institutes;

(vii) collaboration between Institutes in relation to visiting fellows, seminars, conferences, and shared research themes (pursuit of joint bids for funding);

(viii) sharing of resources and expertise publicising conferences, seminars and workshops across the group.

 

Fellowships

Member institutes hosting visiting fellows are welcome to share information on their visiting fellows for 2015-16 and collaboration on events or speaking engagements between institutes is encouraged. Please contact the named co-ordinator:

  • University College Dublin – two visiting fellows this year, Jewel Spangler (History, University of Calgary) and Marguerite Helmers (English, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh).
  • Newcastle University Humanities Research Institute – current Fellow Dr Emma Cheatle (based at the School of Architecture). Her proposed postdoctoral research project is on architecture and the rise of gynaecology
  • Trinity College Dublin's Arts and Humanities Research Institute, the Trinity Long Room Hub, will launch a new visiting research fellowship programme co-funded by the European Commission's Marie Skłodowska -Curie Actions from 2017 to 2020.  Offering successful applicants a 12 month salaried fellowship in Trinity College Dublin. The main stipulation is that applicants are required to develop a research proposal aligned to one of Trinity's five arts and humanities led research themes.
    •  The call for 2017-18 applications will open formally between September 5th and October 31st 2016 and full details and an FAQ section will be available on their website then.