Press releases

Canadian judge brings artificial intelligence insights to School of Advanced Study

Thursday 8 February 2018
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Justice David Masuhara, a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, joins the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies ( IALS ) this month as its 2017–18 Inns of Court Fellow. During his tenure at the institute, a member of the School of Advanced Study at the University of London, he will focus on the advances in artificial intelligence and its impact on the future of the judiciary and the judicial function.

Clare A Lees named new director of the Institute of English Studies

Wednesday 10 January 2018
Institute of English Studies
Clare A Lees, Professor of Medieval Literature in the Department of English at King’s College London, has been appointed Director of the Institute of English Studies (IES) at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, with effect from 1 September 2018. She will be the first female Director of the IES.

School of Advanced Study project wins Times Higher Education Award

Thursday 30 November 2017
Refugee Law Initiative
Dr David James Cantor (centre) collect Times Higher Education award for his 'Pushing the boundaries' project ‘Pushing the boundaries’, an ambitious research initiative led by Dr David James Cantor at the Refugee Law Initiative (RLI), part of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study, has won the Research Project of the Year: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences award in the Times Higher Education Awards 2017. The winners were announced at a gala ceremony in London on 30 November.

The world’s most at-risk digital materials identified

Thursday 30 November 2017
School of Advanced Study
A ‘Bit List’ of the world’s endangered digital species has been unveiled for the first time today (30 November) as part of an international campaign to raise awareness of the need to preserve digital materials. Co-ordinated and published by the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC), the Bit List draws parallels with the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and identifies a number of data, software and storage types which, if appropriate action is not taken, could become ‘practically extinct.’

Facebook policy director to join academics, regulators and industry representatives at children’s digital rights forum

Friday 10 November 2017
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
‘Unless and until governments - ours and others - stop giving tech a free pass, we will have a situation where the needs of multinational corporations are given precedent over the needs of children.’ That’s the stark warning from leading children's rights campaigner and filmmaker  Baroness Beeban Kidron (left). She will be speaking at the Information Law and Policy Centre’s ( ILPC) Annual Conference 2017 – Children and Digital Rights: Regulating Freedoms and Safeguards – at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in London next week (17 November).

Cardboard chronicles — writing the homeless into history

Wednesday 1 November 2017
Institute of Historical Research
The scourge of homelessness and rough sleeping have been around for centuries, yet the stories of people who lack access to housing, sustenance or security are largely missing from the history books. On 22 November, theatre company Cardboard Citizens, in partnership with the Institute of Historical Research at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, will challenge researchers, activists, actors and artists to answer the question, ‘How can we find ways to listen to the voices of those who lack access to housing, sustenance or security?’

The tech sparks that shine new lights on being human 

Thursday 26 October 2017
School of Advanced Study
From exploring and contributing to a virtual, literary map of Edinburgh to making a 'dive' to the wreck of the sunken warship The London just off Southend, this year’s Being Human festival of the humanities examines how technology can bring academic research to life. 

Tuning in to the wake-up calls for human wellbeing 

Thursday 26 October 2017
School of Advanced Study
In our 24-hour society are some aspects of wellbeing in danger of being ‘lost’, including sleep and diet? Being Human, the UK's only national festival of the humanities tackles the 'science and medicine' in everything from the history of sleep (and getting a good night’s rest) to cultural attitudes to ageing, dementia and food.  

Resistance is not futile: the politics and protest of being human 

Thursday 26 October 2017
School of Advanced Study
Whether it's East End Jewish immigrant tailors fighting for workers' rights in Victorian Whitechapel, the struggle to defend human rights in the wake of terrorist attacks or making sense of the multiple viewpoints from Northern Ireland's notorious prison culture, they all add to the vibrancy of the 'politics and protest' theme in this year’s Being Human festival of the humanities. 

Wrestling with the past: the hidden histories and lost voices of being human 

Thursday 26 October 2017
School of Advanced Study
Histories may disappear, but they can be brought back: like the Queerseum collating gay experiences; reggae stars sifting through the vinyl in the attic to explore black music; widening the debate about refugees with the stories from Kindertransport for children fleeing Nazism. 

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