Press releases

Sex, love and robots – it’s all a part of Being Human 2016

Thursday 29 September 2016
School of Advanced Study
Martian autopsies and an evening of urban shamanism in south London’s Cross Bones Graveyard for the ‘outcast dead’ lend a fun element to the serious business of UK humanities research. They are among the hundreds of events in this year’s nine-day Being Human festival (17–25 November) which highlights the richness and vitality of humanities research and the ways it benefits society. And with just seven weeks to go the full programme of UK events has been published online today ( ).

New report lift barriers to removal of ‘undesirable but unreturnable’ migrants

Tuesday 27 September 2016
Human Rights Consortium
How can governments respond to migrants and asylum-seekers suspected of serious criminality without tying themselves into legal knots? A new report, launched today (27 September) before governments in Brussels and Geneva by the Refugee Law Initiative (RLI) at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study, might just have the answer.

New Zealand professor puts global human rights agenda on trial

Tuesday 27 September 2016
Human Rights Consortium
Judy McGregor, a human rights expert from New Zealand, takes up her new role in London as a NZ-UK Link Foundation Visiting Professor this month. She will be based at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study for 12 weeks until 25 November. 

Dreaming the future: five hundred years of utopia

Monday 19 September 2016
Senate House Library
A unique and thought-provoking presentation of Thomas More's Utopia opens this autumn with an exhibition and programme of free events in Senate House Library, University of London. Featuring the Library's rich and global collections, the exhibition is entitled ‘ Utopia and Dystopia: dreaming the future ’. It celebrates the 500th anniversary of the publication and also its enduring influence in politics, social and economic reform, literature and popular culture.

New Warburg project at the intersection of sciences and humanities

Thursday 15 September 2016
Warburg Institute
World expert on psychology and cognitive neurosciences Professor Manos Tsakiris  (left), has been named as the first recipient of the Nomis Foundation Award for Distinguished Scientists and Scholars, and will lead and develop the Body and Image in Arts and Sciences (BIAS) project at The Warburg Institute, part of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study.

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.