News

Conference to be held to discuss the future of modern languages in the UK on 17 June 2011

Friday 13 May 2011
School of Advanced Study
On 17 June 2011, the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies will, jointly with the Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA), host a one-day conference on 'The Future of UK Modern Languages'. In the light of recent budget cuts, amalgamations and closures in UK Modern Language departments, this conference will address the question of what aspects of Modern Languages and Cultures should be taught and researched at British universities.

David Cantor elected to the Advisory Board of the Humanitarian Studies Institute

Friday 6 May 2011
School of Advanced Study
Dr David Cantor, Lecturer in International Human Rights Law on the MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies , has accepted an invitation from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Colombia to serve on the Board of Advisors of the Humanitarian Studies Institute (HSI) for 2011. This invitation is in recognition of Dr Cantor's contribution to humanitarian work in Colombia and worldwide.

New Network Centre for Research on the Senses established

Thursday 28 April 2011
School of Advanced Study
The Institute of Philosophy is pleased to announce the establishment of the Network Centre for Research on the Senses. The Network is a research partnership between the Departments of Philosophy at Toronto (Principal Investigator: Mohan Matthen), Harvard (Co-Investigator: Susanna Siegel), MIT (Co-Investigator: Alex Byrne), the Centre for the Study of the Senses of the Institute of Philosophy (Co-Investigator: Barry Smith), and the Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience at the University of Glasgow (Co-Investigator: Fiona Macpherson).

Refugee Law Initiative Research Co-ordinator (0.50 FTE)

Thursday 28 April 2011
Human Rights Consortium
We are seeking a well-qualified candidate with excellent knowledge of Refugee Law and relevant academic and policy networks for the position of Research Co-ordinator for the Refugee Law Initiative within the Human Rights Consortium (HRC) in the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

Sir Brian Vickers uses computer software to prove that Shakespeare co-authored plays

Tuesday 12 April 2011
School of Advanced Study
With the help of computer software,  Pl@giarism , a free plagiarisation detection program developed by Maastricht University,  Professor Sir Brian Vickers  of the  Institute of English Studies  has been continuing his researches into the Shakespeare canon. In the latest instalment he proves that the five passages added to the 1602 edition of Thomas Kyd’s ever-popular play The Spanish Tragedy were written by Shakespeare.

Final Reminders

Monday 11 April 2011
Human Rights Consortium
Support for Events in the Human Rights - Reminder Call for applications - Support for Human Rights events The HRC offers funding or other support for human rights-related events. The next application deadline has been extended to 20th April 2011 for events proposed for the autumn of the same year. See application guidelines and further details Graduate Fellowship Scheme - New Call for applications – Graduate Fellowship

Venice Academy of Human Rights - call for applications

Monday 11 April 2011
Human Rights Consortium
Target: intensive one week programme for academics, practitioners and Ph.D./J.S.D. students; Theme: “Human Rights and the Cosmopolitan Idea(L)”; Lectures by Professors: David Held; Boaventura de Sousa Santos; Yasuaki Onuma; Abdullahi A. An‑Na'im and Mary Robinson (former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights); Deadline for applications: 25 April 2011; Information: www.eiuc.org/veniceacademy

Reminder - tomorrow last day of CAWN's speaker tour 2011

Monday 11 April 2011
Human Rights Consortium
Evelyn Cuellar and Mercedes Lainez are women's rights activists from our partner organisation in Honduras, CEM-H; they will be touring the U.K. and meeting CAWN supporters, NGOs, the media, students, academics and other women's organisations to raise awareness and discuss the situation of women's rights in Honduras and the Central America region, the struggle to promote and defend women's rights, the role of Feminists in Resistance and the successes and challenges of CEM-H's work. These public events are free and open to the general public!   

Dr Wim Van Mierlo discusses the "remarkable" connection between Kate Bush and James Joyce

Friday 8 April 2011
School of Advanced Study
Wim Van Mierlo of the Institute of English Studies was interviewed on BBC Radio Three Counties on Friday 8 April about permission having been granted to Kate Bush to use the text of James Joyce's Ulysses for one of the songs on her forthcoming come-back album, more than 20 years after asking. Wim discusses the event which is described as "remarkable" by Joycean scholars as the writer's estate is notoriously protective of the work. Listen to the interview  (located between about 0:39:10 to 0:43:00)

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