Press releases

Same story, different facts? How we use and abuse history

Tuesday 6 September 2016
Institute of Historical Research
War, terrorism, government in crisis, migration, demands to remove or replace historical statues? Whether we remember or not, we’ve been there before. Just brush away the déjà vu and look at the historical facts. That’s why the six public discussions on how we regard – and disregard – the past will be so compelling. Under the title ‘ History now and then ’, they are run by the Institute of Historical Research ( IHR ), part of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study, and follow a highly successful series in 2015/16.

School of Advanced Study honour leading human rights campaigner

Tuesday 23 August 2016
School of Advanced Study
Shami Chakrabarti CBE – one of the UK’s foremost human rights campaigners – is to receive an honorary degree from the University of London in this year’s School of Advanced Study’s (SAS) graduation ceremony on 9 December. She will be presented with a Doctor of Laws honoris causa in recognition of her achievements in the fields of law and human rights and her support for the School’s commitment to the civil value of the humanities.

Anthony Davis student book collecting award announces 2016 winners

Thursday 18 August 2016
Senate House Library
The third Anthony Davis Book Collecting Prize at the University of London has been awarded to Clara Tait, a part-time MSc Psychology student at Birkbeck, for her collection ‘These were the hours: Nancy Cunard and the Hours Press 1928-1931’. A runner’s up prize was awarded to Arendse Lund for a collection of Icelandic sagas in various languages.

Gems of Labour history unveiled at Senate House Library

Wednesday 10 August 2016
Senate House Library
From the emotive to the blunt, the 800 left-wing political pamphlets assembled by leading labour and trade union historian Henry Pelling are a treasure trove of UK history. And they have just been made public by Senate House Library ( SHL ), University of London.

Renaissance expert joins the Warburg Institute as deputy director

Friday 8 July 2016
Warburg Institute
The Warburg Institute has appointed a scholar of Renaissance Italian art as its new deputy director. Professor Michelle O’Malley (left) will join the institute, which is part of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study, on 1 October. She has longstanding links with Warburg, not least of which is her PhD which she gained in 1994. Her dissertation was on Italian contracts and the commissioning process, her present work focuses on issues of commission, production, value and quality concerning painting and other material objects in Renaissance Italy.

Man of 70 million words Philip Carter joins School of Advanced Study

Tuesday 5 July 2016
Institute of Historical Research
Historian and digital publishing specialist Dr Philip Carter (left) is set to join the Institute of Historical Research ( IHR ) as its new head of digital publications. He will take up his post at the institute, a member of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study ( SAS ), in mid-October.

From our first black Othello to London’s ‘outcast dead’ – Being Human returns

Monday 27 June 2016
School of Advanced Study
The first black actor to play Othello in Britain (in1828) and London’s little known Cross Bones Graveyard, the last resting place for paupers and prostitutes, feature in this year’s Being Human festival to celebrate the diversity of humanities research in the UK. The festival is led by the School of Advanced Study ( SAS ) at the University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the British Academy. It has a new director, Professor Sarah Churchwell.

Exploring Shakespeare’s sonnets with Joanna David, Edward Fox and Dominic West

Tuesday 14 June 2016
Senate House Library
Senate House Library will be hosting an intimate and unique evening of study and performance as Professor Sir Brian Vickers leads an exploration of Shakespeare's sonnets . Sir Brian will be joined by famous actors Edward Fox, Joanna David and Dominic West, who will be reading from a selection of sonnets throughout the evening.

A war of words: the literary response to the Spanish Civil War

Monday 13 June 2016
Institute of Modern Languages Research
Few 20th-century conflicts were as ideologically and emotionally charged as the Spanish Civil War which lasted three years from 1936–39. Fewer still can claim to have united a generation of young writers, poets, photographers and artists, such as Auden, McNeice, Dos Passos, Ehrenburg, Hemingway, Koestler, Bell, Lee, Malraux, Neruda, Orwell and Vallejo, in political fervour.