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Lost and found – the art of Being Human

Monday 2 October 2017
School of Advanced Study
What does it mean to be human in 2017? The world we thought we knew suddenly seems unfamiliar, but what exactly have we lost? What might we have found in the process? We are about to find out as the School of Advanced Study at the University of London, unveils the programme for its annual Being Human celebration of the humanities.

‘The Schooldays of Jesus’ gets rare public reading by ‘fictioneer’ JM Coetzee

Wednesday 27 September 2017
Institute of English Studies
J M Coetzee during his May 2010 visit to The University of Texas at Austin, by Marsha Miller. Nobel Prize-winning author J M Coetzee will give a public reading from his most recent novel, The Schooldays of Jesus , on 6 October at 5.30pm as part of the two-day Coetzee & the Archive conference at Senate House, London.

‘Saints and sinners’ flavour for History Day 2017

Wednesday 27 September 2017
Senate House Library and the Institute of Historical Research Library will give history buffs a thrilling Halloween experience at their fifth History Day on 31 October. This unique event for undergraduate and postgraduate students, early-career researchers and anyone interested in history, brings together libraries, archives and history organisations from London and beyond. Items relevant to Halloween will be highlighted. It will culminate in an open fair at Senate House that is an essential one-stop shop for all those interested in historical research.

School of Advanced Study shortlisted for Times Higher Education Award

Thursday 7 September 2017
Refugee Law Initiative
‘Pushing the boundaries’, an ambitious research project led by Dr David James Cantor from the Refugee Law Initiative (RLI), part of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study, has been shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Awards 2017 . The winners are due to be announced at a gala ceremony on 30 November.

Professor Greg Woolf elected Fellow of the British Academy

Friday 21 July 2017
Institute of Classical Studies
Professor Greg Woolf, FSA (Scot), FSA, MAE, director of the Institute of Classical Studies at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, has been elected a Fellow of the British Academy. The honour recognises scholars who have achieved distinction in the humanities and social sciences.

Rising pitch: how sound can distort your sense of touch

Tuesday 18 July 2017
Institute of Philosophy
Hearing an ascending sound while pulling on a finger can make a person think that finger is longer than it actually is. That’s the finding of a new study led by the School of Advanced Study’s Centre for the Study of the Senses at the Institute of Philosophy ( IP ), and UCL.

Durham historian Jo Fox named new director of the Institute of Historical Research

Wednesday 12 July 2017
Institute of Historical Research
Professor Jo Fox, head of department and professor of modern British and European history in the Department of History at Durham University, has been appointed director of the Institute of Historical Research ( IHR ) at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, with effect from 1 January 2018.

Being Human 2017 expands into a global 'Lost and Found'

Monday 26 June 2017
School of Advanced Study
Free historical re-enactments and walks, workshops, tastings, performance and talks   Being Human (17–25 November), the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, has gone global. It has expanded its reach in 2017 to include new events in Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, the University of Melbourne and the University of London Institute in Paris. 

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