Press releases

‘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.

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. 

Reformation London – A European Divorce

Thursday 8 June 2017
Senate House Library
Senate House Library marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with ‘Reformation: Shattered World, New Beginnings’

Caught in the web: historians and the ‘born digital’

Monday 8 May 2017
School of Advanced Study
The excitement of instant information from the internet for archivists and historians has been tempered by concerns about the shelf life of data — the so-called ‘black hole’ of lost material — and the rise of a new generation of ‘born digital’ government archives. For five days (12–16 June), academics, researchers, archivists, curators and IT developers from across the world will converge on London to address these issues at a Web Archiving Week event hosted by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, and the British Library.