New director of Institute of Classical Studies appointed

Wednesday 23 June 2021
Institute of Classical Studies
Professor Katherine Harloe has been appointed director of the University of London’s Institute of Classical Studies ( ICS ), the national centre for research in the Classics at the School of Advanced Study, succeeding Professor Greg Woolf. She is currently professor of Classics and intellectual history at the University of Reading, and will take up the role in October 2021.

Humans are ready to take advantage of benevolent AI

Friday 4 June 2021
School of Advanced Study
Image: @cvbe   Picture yourself driving on a narrow road in the near future when suddenly another car emerges from a bend ahead. It is a self-driving car with no passengers inside. Will you push forth and assert your right of way, or give way to let it pass? At present, most of us behave kindly in such situations involving other humans. Will we show that same kindness towards autonomous vehicles? Do we compromise for an AI?

Levelling up and London – a partnership with the Mayor for London and London’s Universities

Wednesday 2 June 2021
School of Advanced Study
Call for papers or presentations Overview The Government is committed to ‘levelling-up’ the UK, by tackling inequality and disadvantage between regions and within them. The University of London and its member institutions are working with the Mayor of London to organise a series of roundtables, to be held in September 2021, on how we can best ensure that levelling-up works for the whole country, including London. We would like to invite academic researchers in London and beyond to submit ideas for short papers and presentations. Background

Refugee Law Clinic declared officially open

Thursday 27 May 2021
Refugee Law Initiative
The University of London’s intercollegiate Refugee Law Clinic which offers pro bono legal representation to asylum seekers making fresh claims was officially opened at a virtual ribbon cutting by vice-chancellor Professor Wendy Thomson CBE last Thursday (20 May). Professor Thomson said the clinic, which takes on clients who are making a fresh claim based on new evidence having previously exhausted the asylum process, as 'very much representing the value and benefit that the University of London and its member institutions bring to the community.'

CenSes warms up Getty’s artistic take on climate change

Wednesday 26 May 2021
Institute of Philosophy
Art and science collaboration with Danish Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson will go on show in Los Angeles The Institute of Philosophy’s (IP) Centre for the Study of the Senses ( CenSes ),  part of the School of Advanced Study at the University of London, is about to develop further its joint academic and artistic collaborations with The Getty Center and Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) in Los Angeles that will culminate in a radical new set of sensory experiences and experiments to accompany an exhibition on sustainability and climate change.

Researchers show how media image choices dehumanise refugees

Monday 17 May 2021
Warburg Institute
 Images of large groups                                                               Images of individuals/smaller groups *Images depicted here are all illustrative examples of the visual framing (ie were not presented in the studies) Source: Wikimedia Commons  

Study to probe how we ended up with the Windrush scandal

Wednesday 12 May 2021
School of Advanced Study
A team of researchers led by the University of London’s School of Advanced Study (SAS) has been funded to examine how UK immigration policy changed from what was officially an ‘open door’ to a regime which led to the Windrush Scandal. The three-year Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) project will focus on the history of changes to immigration policy which led to the scandal.

School of Advanced Study launches its first ‘Peer Review Week’

Tuesday 27 April 2021
School of Advanced Study
Peer review is the ‘gold standard’ for the evaluation of academic research, according to the 2016 Stern Report . That’s why, in its first Peer Review Week , the School of Advanced Study at the University of London, plans to take a closer look at the key questions and related topics of peer review through a series of free public events. These are some of those questions:

New centre created to explore the rise of ‘emotional politics’

Monday 19 April 2021
Warburg Institute
The importance of feelings for politics is at the heart of an exciting new London universities joint venture. A new interdisciplinary ‘ Centre for the Politics of Feelings ’ will be established in September 2021 at the University of London in a partnership between its School of Advanced Study ( SAS ) and Royal Holloway, University of London ( RHUL ) with the generous support of the  NOMIS Foundation .

Professor Sarah Churchwell longlisted for Orwell Prize for Journalism

Tuesday 13 April 2021
School of Advanced Study
Sarah Churchwell, professor of American literature and chair of public understanding of the humanities in the School of Advanced Study, has been longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Journalism for her writing on the former US president Donald Trump and the history of fascism in America. Professor Churchwell is a regular contributor to newspapers including the Guardian , New Statesman , Financial Times , Times Literary Supplement , and New York Review of Books . Her most recent book is  Behold, America: a History of America First and the American Dream .