Professor Rick Rylance steps down as dean of School of Advanced Study

Tuesday 22 September 2020
After three years at the helm of the School of Advanced Study, University of London, Professor Rick Rylance has decided to step down as dean and retire at the end of September. In a message to the School’s staff, he thanked everyone for their support. “I’ve really enjoyed my time with you as dean and before that as director of the Institute of English Studies,” he wrote. “It has been creative, rewarding, and above all special, as SAS is. As ever this is mainly due to the quality of the people among whom one works.”

Mapping out London’s shame – the slave owners 

Thursday 27 August 2020
Institute of Historical Research
The Layers of London website , which peels back the capital’s story with maps and local data to enrich public understanding of the past, has released a new map revealing the slave owners of 19th-century London . 

Being Human festival returns to champion the humanities

Tuesday 11 August 2020
School of Advanced Study
In times of crisis, do we really need the humanities? From historians decolonising museum collections, to archaeologists bringing to life ancient texts, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities  is on a mission to demonstrate the many ways in which we do. 

Warburg Emeritus Professor Jill Kraye honoured by the British Academy

Friday 7 August 2020
Warburg Institute
Professor Jill Kraye, Emeritus Professor of the History of Renaissance Philosophy and former Librarian at the Warburg Institute in the School of Advanced Study, University of London, has been awarded the Serena Medal by the British Academy for her scholarship on Renaissance philosophy and humanism and the later European influence of classical philosophy.

School awarded funding for new UK-Ireland Digital Humanities network

Wednesday 29 July 2020
The School of Advanced Study at the University of London has been awarded funding for a new Digital Humanities (DH) network as part of a ground-breaking joint call issued by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Irish Research Council.

IP philosopher wins 2020 Lakatos Award

Wednesday 8 July 2020
Institute of Philosophy
Professor Nicholas Shea , a philosopher at the Institute of Philosophy ( IP ), School of Advanced Study, University of London, has won the prestigious Lakatos Award for his book  Representation in Cognitive Science , published by Oxford University Press.

Refugee Law Initiative’s key role in building research capacity on ‘internal displacement’ in affected countries

Monday 29 June 2020
Refugee Law Initiative
The work of the Refugee Law Initiative ( RLI ) at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, has been boosted by two new grants (a total of £210,000) from the Global Challenges Research Fund ( GCRF ) to help build research capacity into the growing problem of internal displacement – people made homeless in their own countries.

Commonwealth taboos set for virtual outing

Wednesday 17 June 2020
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Covid-19 has put paid to the 2020 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. But could a virtual summit give a more open debate? How are countries across the Commonwealth coping with Covid-19 and how will the world change in its wake? As the toppling of Edward Colston’s statue in Bristol bring Britain’s relationship with its imperial history and the slave trade into the spotlight, what should be the response to reparations for slavery and colonialism? And what does the continuing struggle for LGBT+ rights say about attitudes across the Commonwealth?

Mapping 1948 Windrush arrivals online for the first time 

Monday 15 June 2020
Institute of Historical Research
© The Institute of Historical Research Layers of London , the website which brings together historic maps and data related to London, is celebrating the 72nd anniversary of the arrival of the MV Empire Windrush by releasing a new map layer showing some of the 1,027 passengers who were on board.