Reach for the sky: public invited to create a post-war aerial view of London

Thursday 20 February 2020
Layers of London , a website bringing together the historic maps of London, is calling on Londoners to lend a hand to piece together aerial photographs of the capital taken by the Royal Air Force after World War II. The outcome is to create a single aerial image that has never been seen before.

‘This is your history too!’ How the Caribbean helped to decolonise ‘Mother Country’ Britain

Wednesday 12 February 2020
School of Advanced Study
Bronze Woman Statue, Stockwell, London by Cecile Nobrega     In a week when the deportation of Jamaicans from the UK has re-ignited the controversy of the Windrush scandal, a new book, Memory, Migration and (De)Colonisation in the Caribbean and Beyond , published by the University of London Press at the School of Advanced Study, offers some context.

Warburg Institute benefits from £500,000 grant

Thursday 6 February 2020
Warburg Institute
An architectural cross-section by Haworth Tompkins depicting the possible design of the Warburg Institute   The Warburg Renaissance fundraising campaign has taken a major step forward after receiving a generous £500,000 donation from the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust, which takes the total raised to £2.3 million, almost halfway to the £5 million target.

Talk is cheap? Action needed by the Commonwealth

Monday 3 February 2020
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
On paper, Commonwealth countries are committed to freedom of speech – in 2013 they signed up to Chapter V (Freedom of Expression) of the Commonwealth Charter – but does that mean much as attacks on journalists (many fatal) have been steadily rising, while press freedoms are increasingly under pressure? This is what member states signed up to in the Charter: “We are committed to peaceful, open dialogue and the free flow of information, including through a free and responsible media, and to enhancing democratic traditions and strengthening democratic processes.”

New course offers massive opportunity to dispel myths surrounding refugees

Wednesday 29 January 2020
Refugee Law Initiative
Who are refugees? Where do they come from, and where do they go? How does the international community respond to refugee crises caused by war, environmental disasters and other factors, and how do we find global solutions to help those who are forcibly displaced? One of the most complex, compelling and arguably misunderstood features of today’s world, the refugee phenomenon is the focus of our new free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Refugees in the 21st Century, developed by the School of Advanced Study’s Refugee Law Initiative .

Haunted by empire? It’s time to acknowledge the past, warns Institute of Commonwealth Studies

Monday 20 January 2020
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Interest in colonial legacy issues has never been greater, not just in the academic world but as the basis for political activism and as an issue in international diplomacy. And a new seminar series from the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ) – Legacies of Colonialism in the Modern World – will highlight key issues and strategies.

IES appoints new chair of Advisory Council

Monday 20 January 2020
Institute of English Studies
The Institute of English Studies ( IES ) at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, has appointed Professor David Amigoni , an international expert in Victorian literature, as chair of its Advisory Council. He succeeds Professor Dinah Birch CBE, University of Liverpool’s pro vice-chancellor for cultural engagement. Professor Amigoni has held a variety of leadership roles at Keele, including head of department, director of the Research Institute of Humanities, and head of the School of Humanities, and has published extensively in the field of Victorian literature.

School of Advanced Study honours renowned French historian

Tuesday 10 December 2019
Professor Roger Chartier, a leading scholar in early modern European history and culture, was awarded a Doctor of Literature honoris causa  from the University of London in this year’s School of Advanced Study’s graduation ceremony on 6 December.   

British Academy awards postdoctoral fellowship to Dr Tripurdaman Singh

Wednesday 20 November 2019
Dr Tripurdaman Singh will join the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ) on 21 November, where he will explore decolonisation, imperialism and nationalism in South Asia. He is among this year’s group of academics to benefit from the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme, its flagship programme for early career academics, based at universities around the UK.