School of Advanced Study launches its first ‘Peer Review Week’

Tuesday 27 April 2021
School of Advanced Study
Peer review is the ‘gold standard’ for the evaluation of academic research, according to the 2016 Stern Report . That’s why, in its first Peer Review Week , the School of Advanced Study at the University of London, plans to take a closer look at the key questions and related topics of peer review through a series of free public events. These are some of those questions:

New centre created to explore the rise of ‘emotional politics’

Monday 19 April 2021
Warburg Institute
The importance of feelings for politics is at the heart of an exciting new London universities joint venture. A new interdisciplinary ‘ Centre for the Politics of Feelings ’ will be established in September 2021 at the University of London in a partnership between its School of Advanced Study ( SAS ) and Royal Holloway, University of London ( RHUL ) with the generous support of the  NOMIS Foundation .

Professor Sarah Churchwell longlisted for Orwell Prize for Journalism

Tuesday 13 April 2021
School of Advanced Study
Sarah Churchwell, professor of American literature and chair of public understanding of the humanities in the School of Advanced Study, has been longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Journalism for her writing on the former US president Donald Trump and the history of fascism in America. Professor Churchwell is a regular contributor to newspapers including the Guardian , New Statesman , Financial Times , Times Literary Supplement , and New York Review of Books . Her most recent book is  Behold, America: a History of America First and the American Dream .

Humanities festival gets £20,000 funding boost for Glasgow ‘hub’

Monday 29 March 2021
School of Advanced Study
Richard Brew /   Being Human, the annual UK-wide humanities festival led by the University of London’s School of Advanced Study, has announced a £20,000 cash injection by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). The special grant will support a Glasgow-based festival hub focusing on public engagement with climate change and the environmental humanities. It will be part of Being Human 2021 which runs from 11 to 20 November with the theme ‘renewal’.

How Covid-19 can make kissing a curse

Friday 26 March 2021
Institute of Philosophy
Most of us know one of the main symptoms of Covid-19 is the temporary loss of the sense of taste and smell (anosmia) with two-thirds of sufferers reporting experiencing it. But two in five report that six months after the infection they still suffer from anosmia, or reduced sense of smell (hyposmia). Worse, one in five of these long-term cases describe familiar and usually pleasant smells such as coffee or frying onions smelling like vomit or sewage (parosmia). And for some these awful smells can linger for most of the day.

Compliance with pandemic restrictions: the important influence of social circles

Friday 22 January 2021
National and world leaders continually appeal to ‘individual responsibility’ to halt the spread of the coronavirus. Could it be that politicians have been sharing the wrong message? New global research has found that people follow their friends more than their own principles when it comes to compliance with pandemic restrictions.

Rifkind committee on Institute of Commonwealth Studies

Monday 11 January 2021
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Committee to conduct an inquiry into the future of Commonwealth studies at the University of London.  The creation of the committee, chaired by Sir Malcolm Rifkind, former UK foreign secretary, was announced in late 2020 following consultation about the future of the  Institute of Commonwealth Studies  at the university’s School of Advanced Study. The full membership of the committee is  Sir Malcolm Rifkind (chair), former UK secretary of state for foreign and Commonwealth affairs

School of Advanced Study to boost commitment to digital humanities

Friday 11 December 2020
School of Advanced Study
The School of Advanced Study (SAS) at the University of London is to establish a new Centre for Interdisciplinary Digital Humanities. This follows a staff consultation on proposals for the future of the School, which currently comprises nine separate research institutes and a central administration. The proposals centred on the School’s ambition to become a national centre for the humanities by drawing on the research, special collections, and networks of its institutes. The proposals would also ensure the financial sustainability of the School.