Press releases

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.

Wake up and hear the coffee? TA(s)TE at Tate

Tuesday 25 April 2017
Institute of Philosophy
Ever wondered why you like a certain painting or brand of coffee? Can our senses of taste and smell help define who we are? At a two-day event (27–28 April) at London’s Tate Exchange, come and experience for yourself some of the unexpected strategies our brain uses to make and share matters of taste, from the most sensory ones to our appreciation of art

How Proust lost the ‘plot’ and nudged literature into the future

Thursday 30 March 2017
School of Advanced Study
There was a time in literature when authors lost the plot. This was signalled by Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time , one of the most important novels to shift literature’s emphasis away from plot to a more subjective exploration of perspective and emotional responses.