Warburg Institute benefits from £500,000 grant

Thursday 6 February 2020
Warburg Institute
An architectural cross-section by Haworth Tompkins depicting the possible design of the Warburg Institute   The Warburg Renaissance fundraising campaign has taken a major step forward after receiving a generous £500,000 donation from the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust, which takes the total raised to £2.3 million, almost halfway to the £5 million target.

Talk is cheap? Action needed by the Commonwealth

Monday 3 February 2020
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
On paper, Commonwealth countries are committed to freedom of speech – in 2013 they signed up to Chapter V (Freedom of Expression) of the Commonwealth Charter – but does that mean much as attacks on journalists (many fatal) have been steadily rising, while press freedoms are increasingly under pressure? This is what member states signed up to in the Charter: “We are committed to peaceful, open dialogue and the free flow of information, including through a free and responsible media, and to enhancing democratic traditions and strengthening democratic processes.”

New course offers massive opportunity to dispel myths surrounding refugees

Wednesday 29 January 2020
Refugee Law Initiative
Who are refugees? Where do they come from, and where do they go? How does the international community respond to refugee crises caused by war, environmental disasters and other factors, and how do we find global solutions to help those who are forcibly displaced? One of the most complex, compelling and arguably misunderstood features of today’s world, the refugee phenomenon is the focus of our new free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Refugees in the 21st Century, developed by the School of Advanced Study’s Refugee Law Initiative .

Haunted by empire? It’s time to acknowledge the past, warns Institute of Commonwealth Studies

Monday 20 January 2020
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Interest in colonial legacy issues has never been greater, not just in the academic world but as the basis for political activism and as an issue in international diplomacy. And a new seminar series from the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ) – Legacies of Colonialism in the Modern World – will highlight key issues and strategies.

IES appoints new chair of Advisory Council

Monday 20 January 2020
Institute of English Studies
The Institute of English Studies ( IES ) at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, has appointed Professor David Amigoni , an international expert in Victorian literature, as chair of its Advisory Council. He succeeds Professor Dinah Birch CBE, University of Liverpool’s pro vice-chancellor for cultural engagement. Professor Amigoni has held a variety of leadership roles at Keele, including head of department, director of the Research Institute of Humanities, and head of the School of Humanities, and has published extensively in the field of Victorian literature.

School of Advanced Study honours renowned French historian

Tuesday 10 December 2019
School of Advanced Study
Professor Roger Chartier, a leading scholar in early modern European history and culture, was awarded a Doctor of Literature honoris causa  from the University of London in this year’s School of Advanced Study’s graduation ceremony on 6 December.   

British Academy awards postdoctoral fellowship to Dr Tripurdaman Singh

Wednesday 20 November 2019
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Dr Tripurdaman Singh will join the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ) on 21 November, where he will explore decolonisation, imperialism and nationalism in South Asia. He is among this year’s group of academics to benefit from the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme, its flagship programme for early career academics, based at universities around the UK.

Caribbean expert for ‘Windrush Generation’ history project at School of Advanced Study

Monday 4 November 2019
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Former associate fellow of the Caribbean Studies Centre at the London Metropolitan University Dr Juanita Cox has been appointed a research fellow on the Nationality, Identity and Belonging: An oral history of the ‘Windrush Generation’ and their relationship to the British State, 1948–2018 project at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICWS). She takes up her post on 11th November.

An exact survey of London ... in 1746

Monday 28 October 2019
Institute of Historical Research
Layers of London, an interactive map-based project at the Institute of Historical Research, a member of the School of Advanced Study, University of London, has collaborated with the British Library and Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) to rectify an 18th-century map of London. John Rocque’s ‘Ten miles round’ has been superimposed onto a modern map of London for the first time resulting in a detailed window onto Greater London’s past made freely accessible to the public.