Press releases

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. 

Are we doomed? Environmental factors for being human  

Thursday 26 October 2017
School of Advanced Study
Are our days numbered? Will humans join the 90 per cent of species already extinct? And are our honey bees already heading that way? Life's rich tapestries are explored to their limits within the 'environment' theme of this year’s Being Human festival of the humanities.  

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.