Press releases

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.

SAS welcomes three ST Lee Fellows for 2015-16

Tuesday 17 May 2016
School of Advanced Study
The School of Advanced Study ( SAS ), has announced the arrival of three visiting scholars – two language experts and a historian – who hold prestigious invitation-only ST Lee Visiting Professorial Fellowships for 2015–16. As well as working with the School, they will be sharing their expertise and research at public meetings.

Crossing the borders of knowledge

Wednesday 4 May 2016
Institute of Latin American Studies
A new international research network is employing pioneering research on Latin America to ensure that our understanding and teaching of history of knowledge is truly global. Supported by the Leverhulme Trust with a £124,000 grant, ‘Border Crossings: Latin America and the Global History of Knowledge ( LAGLOBAL )’ is led by the Institute of Latin American Studies ( ILAS ) at the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

Flappers, Fitzgerald, and ‘bathtub gin’ bring Gatsby to life at Senate House

Friday 22 April 2016
School of Advanced Study
Elegant men dressed up in ‘white flannels’ and jazzy flappers to match from the roaring twenties, will be the order of the day at Senate House when the School of Advanced Study’s (SAS) immersive re-imagining of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby takes place on 5 May, 7.30–10pm.

A peek at the political ephemera of a 'delinquent' historian and collector extraordinaire

Monday 18 April 2016
School of Advanced Study
The media isn't exactly awash with left-wing propaganda. But trade union and socialist organisations have produced masses of their own literature – from propaganda to scholarly analysis – for years. And Senate House Library ( SHL ), University of London, has just made public a sample of an astonishing archive put together mainly from the middle to the end of the 20th century – The Ron Heisler collection.

University of London announces its first major public exhibition as part of Shakespeare400

Thursday 17 March 2016
School of Advanced Study
Shakespeare: Metamorphosis Collections from Senate House Library tracing the 400-year development of Shakespearian text, from Shakespeare’s early influences through to the digital age Unique opportunity to see the first folio from 1623 Bespoke website featuring digitised documents, interpretation from the exhibition curators, and a film featuring actor Paterson Joseph Series of free public events

New SAS appointment heralds expanding digital humanities programme

Thursday 10 March 2016
School of Advanced Study
The School of Advanced Study ( SAS ), University of London, has announced the appointment of Professor Jane Winters as its new chair in digital humanities. Currently professor of digital history and head of digital publications at the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), her new role will begin on 1 May 2016.

Art of noise: Senate House Library’s first artist-in-residence

Tuesday 9 February 2016
School of Advanced Study
Senate House Library will offer visitors a unique opportunity to experience Charles Holden’s iconic building – through sound and vision - with the appointment of its first ever artist-in-residence this month. Funded by a Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence Grant, sound artist Hannah Thompson has been commissioned to create a sonic testament to the living history of Senate House as it undergoes structural remodelling through the University of London’s Programme Beveridge.

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