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" I see the Institute of Advanced Studies as providing a space for critical thinking and engaged enquiry within and across conventional disciplinary and departmental boundaries. The IAS aims to create an open and accessible research-based community, bridging traditional ‘artistic’ and ‘scientific’ practices and modes of thought, bringing UK and international scholars into conversation with one another, and identifying the urgent political, ethical and intellectual issues that face us in the world today. Professor Tamar Garb, IAS Director

News

Dealing with Difficult Research - Call for Papers

We are pleased to share this call for papers for a one-day interdisciplinary workshop organised by Dr Stefanie Rauch ( Research Associate, Centre for Collective Violence, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, IAS) on conducting research on sensitive, controversial, challenging and emotionally difficult topics. This conference will take place at University of Warwick on Friday 13 July 2018. Deadline is Wednesday 20 June.

IAS-German Historical Institute London Joint Junior Research Fellowship 2018-19

The Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London, and the German Historical Institute London intend to appoint a joint Stipendiary Junior Research Fellow, tenable for a period of six months from 1 October 2018. The purpose of the Junior Research Fellowship is to offer an outstanding early career scholar from a German university the opportunity to pursue independent research in the stimulating intellectual environment of the two host institutions.

Call for Event Proposals - Autumn 2018

The IAS welcomes proposals for idea/research-driven public events, panels or conferences to be hosted ideally in the Common Ground in South Wing.  The event must be led by a UCL academic but may include partners from other institutions, and should aim to attract people from a range of departments and disciplines.

PKU-UCL IAS Visiting Research Fellows Scheme Open

The Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (IHSS) at Peking University is delighted to announce that applications are now open for the inaugural year of its Visiting Research Fellowship scheme organised with the Institute of Advanced Studies for UCL academics to visit Beijing during the year 2018-19.

IAS Junior Research Fellowships 2018-19

The Institute of Advanced Studies is seeking to appoint four Junior Research Fellows (JRFs) on appointments of 24 months each.  Candidates should have recently completed (within five years) a PhD in one of the subject areas of either the Faculty of Arts & Humanities or the Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences, and should be able to contribute to one of the following research themes: Laughter or Turbulence.  More information about the themes can be found here and further information, a job description and the opportunity to apply can be found here.  The deadline for applications is 8 April 2018.

IAS JRF Shortlisted for Prestigious Prize

We are delighted to announce that IAS Junior Research Fellow Dr Peter Leary's book, Unapproved Routes: Histories of the Irish Border, 1922-1972, has been shortlisted for the 25th Christopher Ewart-Biggs Literary Prize, the objectives of which are to promote and encourage peace and reconciliation in Ireland, a greater understanding between the peoples of Britain and Ireland, or closer co-operation between the partners of the European Community.  The winner of the prize will be announced on 11 April 2018.  Read The Irish Times' review of the book here.

IAS Research Themes 2018-19

The Institute of Advanced Studies is pleased to be able to announce its research themes for 2018-2019: Laughter and Turbulence.  These themes have emerged after extensive consultation and discussion with colleagues across the joint faculties and are designed to be capacious and suggestive so that various research-led initiatives and events can be accommodated under their aegis.  We hope to appoint two Junior Research Fellows for two years for each theme. In addition we aim to fund a selection of innovative research-led discussions, conferences and practices related to these themes.  Calls will be widely advertised and will proceed through open competition. Advertisements for the JRFs will go live in March 2018.  Keep an eye on this website for further information.

Events

Histories of Education and Learning: Contributions to theory and practice in the humanities and social sciences

The IAS is delighted to host this free two-day conference run by the International Centre for Historical Research in Education (ICHRE). History of education has long drawn upon different disciplinary backgrounds, particularly from the humanities and social sciences. Within universities, it is commonly located in both history and education departments while many social scientists pursue historical work on education and learning.

Starts: Jun 27, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Octagon Friday Forum: Noise

In Image Matters: Archive, Photography, and the African Diaspora in Europe (2012), Tina M. Campt analyses family archives through the conceptual frameworks of sound and music. In a critique of the notion of ‘transparency’, Campt argues that photographs should be ‘listened to’, instead of simply being looked at, in order to understand their broader cultural meanings, translations and articulations. Incorporating sound and music within her visual analysis, Campt not only succeeds in shortcutting the ‘self-evident’ dimension of photography, but also highlights continuity and breaks within lens-based practices, as well as within a broader socio-historical ‘harmony’.

Starts: Jun 29, 2018 12:00:00 PM

IAS Lies Public Lecture Series: Myths around the public sector and whose interests are served by the underlying lies

The IAS is delighted to welcome Professor Mariana Mazzucato for this talk.  What conditions breed innovation and entrepreneurship? Most people seem to agree that the state playing a large role in the economy is not one of them. Indeed, burdensome government bureaucracy is typically juxtaposed in opposition to the ambitious, risk-taking entrepreneurs who have driven the technological revolution of the past few decades, and now operate the world’s largest and most dynamic corporations.

Starts: Jul 17, 2018 6:00:00 PM

Collecting Change/Changing Collections

The Institute of Advanced Studies is hosting a daylong workshop led by Institute of Archaeology PhD researcher Kyle Lee-Crossett.

Starts: Jul 27, 2018 10:00:00 AM

The IAS in the media

IAS Junior Research Fellow, Dr Peter Leary, writes in The Guardian on 1 March 2018 on the question of how Brexit might affect the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.  Read his comment piece, 'There are three ways out of the Irish border impasse.  All are closed to Theresa May' here.

Peter's book, Unapproved Routes: Histories of the Irish Border, 1922-1972, has also been shortlisted for the 25th Christopher Ewart-Biggs Literary Prize, the objectives of which are to promote and encourage peace and reconciliation in Ireland, a greater understanding between the peoples of Britain and Ireland, or closer co-operation between the partners of the European Community.  Read The Irish Times' review of the book here.