Creativity, culture, community – what Being Human is all about 

Thursday 25 October 2018
School of Advanced Study
Wherever there are humans there is culture. And whether you gravitate to London’s South Bank or Strictly Come Dancing, there’s culture for everyone at this year’s Being Human festival with more than 250 free-to-attend public events on offer by more than 73 universities, research organisations and cultural and community groups in and around 50 towns and cities across the UK. 

Whatever you believe, it’s all part of Being Human 

Thursday 25 October 2018
School of Advanced Study
Whatever you can imagine, it’s a fair bet that someone, somewhere believes it. And the ‘Beliefs’ strand of Being Human 2018 is packed with fascinating insights into subjects from ‘First Contact’ with aliens through to folk practices, children’s myths and ancient religions such as Zoroastrianism. 

In touch with reality

Tuesday 23 October 2018
Institute of Philosophy
Image: The Incredulity of Saint Thomas, Caravaggio, right, exploring shape and size using vision and touch Every year, museums have to bear the cost of repairing the damage caused to their artworks by visitors touching them. Why would people want to touch objects they can clearly see? What is it that touch provides that vision do not?

SAS academic receives funding to help tackle UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

Wednesday 3 October 2018
Institute of Latin American Studies
Dr Ainhoa Montoya, a lecturer at the Institute of Latin American Studies at the School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London, has been awarded funding by the British Academy to pursue research designed to help tackle the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals . She is among 27 distinguished academics to receive support from the Academy, the national voice of the humanities and the social sciences, under its Sustainable Development Programme.

Being Human festival launches 2018 ‘Origins and Endings’ programme

Tuesday 2 October 2018
It’s time for the annual Being Human festival, now in its fifth year, when universities throughout the UK open their doors to share their innovative humanities research with the public. Run by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy, the festival will take place from 15–24 November. Now embedded as the UK’s unique national celebration of the humanities, its reach is now global with related events in Melbourne, Singapore, Paris, Rome, and in Princeton, New Jersey, USA.

Explore Layers of London – a new digital platform enabling you to peel back the layers of London’s history to discover its people and places, and to share your own stories

Friday 21 September 2018
Institute of Historical Research
Did you know that in East London in 1954 you could barter a Christmas cake for a chicken for a Christmas dinner? Or that 35 years earlier a white cross painted by your door guaranteed you’d be woken up for work? Or that on 17th century maps, today’s Oxford Street was simply ‘the Road to Oxford’? Would you like to see a photo of London’s first housing estate? Have you got your own stories and memories you’d like to share?

Philip Murphy to oversee boost to doctoral training funded by AHRC

Tuesday 4 September 2018
Professor Philip Murphy from the School of Advanced Study ( SAS ), University of London, has been confirmed as the new interim director of the London Arts and Humanities Partnership ( LAHP ) for the 2018–19 academic year. He will undertake this role on a 0.5 basis while continuing to serve as director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ) at SAS.

Promotions for SAS experts in Commonwealth and human rights

Friday 17 August 2018
School of Advanced Study
The School of Advanced Study ( SAS ), University of London, has announced the promotion of three distinguished academics recognised for their work in law, Commonwealth studies, human rights and refugee protection.