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Moving Stonehenge

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Moving Stonehenge (experiment led by Barney Harris as part of the UCL Festival of Culture 2016)

An experiment led by Institute research student Barney Harris earlier this week aimed to solve a prehistoric mystery related to the building of Stonehenge.

Institute hosts visit from Igbo-Ukwu community

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Institute hosts visit from Igbo Ukwu community

The Institute recently hosted a visit by descendants of the excavation teams of Igbo-Ukwu (southern Nigeria), one of West Africa's most celebrated and enigmatic archaeological sites.

UCL Americas Tony McCulloch re-elected as President of British Association of Canadian Studies (BACS)

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Dr Tony McCulloch

We are pleased to announce that our colleague Dr Tony McCulloch has been re-elected as President of the British Association for Canadian Studies (BACS) at its recent annual conference held at the British Library. This follows two years in the post and means that he will now serve for a further year. 2017 will be an especially important year for BACS and Canadianists generally as it marks the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Canadian Confederation on 1 July 1867 – generally regarded as the birth of modern Canada.

Discovery of key Roman glass making furnaces

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Site of Jalame, at the foot of Mount Carmel, Haifa where oldest known glass-making furnaces in Israel found

Ian Freestone was present during the recent discovery of the oldest known glass-making furnaces in Israel.

UCL economists warn of historic economic risks from Brexit

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47 economists from the Department of Economics at UCL (ranked  first in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework) have added their voices to a warning that the economic costs of Brexit would be high.  The 47 have together signed a statement (http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/economists-warn-against-brexit-vote-bh07fdx0t, https://mainlymacro.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/economists-say-no-to-brexit.html) now agreed to by over 200 other economists. It says:

Focusing entirely on the economics, we consider that it would be a major mistake for the UK to leave the European Union.

Leaving would entail significant long-term costs. The size of these costs would depend on the amount of control the UK chooses to exercise over such matters as free movement of labour, and the associated penalty it would pay in terms of access to the single market. The numbers calculated by the LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance, the OECD and the Treasury describe a plausible range for the scale of these costs.

The uncertainty over precisely what kind of relationship the UK would find itself in with the EU and the rest of the world would also weigh heavily for many years. In addition, there is a sizeable risk of a short-term shock to confidence if we were to see a Leave vote on June 23rd. The Bank of England has signalled this concern clearly, and we share it.


Head of Department, Professor Orazio Attanasio said: These signatures confirm the breadth of the consensus among academic economists that Brexit would pose historic economic risks.

The 47 signatories are:
Professor Orazio Attanasio
Professor Sir Richard Blundell
Professor Antonio Cabrales
Professor Wendy Carlin
Professor Pedro Carneiro
Dr Parama Chaudhury
Professor Andrew Chesher
Dr Gabriella Conti
Professor Martin Cripps
Dr Wei Cui
Professor Mariacristina De Nardi
Professor Richard Disney
Professor Jan Eeckhout
Professor Eric French
Professor Raffaella Giacomini
Dr Liam Graham
Professor Antonio Guarino
Dr Hedvig Horvath
Professor Steffen Huck
Professor Philippe Jehiel
Dr Cloda Jenkins
Professor Patrick Kehoe
Professor Dennis Kristensen
Professor Guy Laroque
Dr Valerie Lechene
Dr Attila Lindner
Dr Jeremy Lise
Professor Stephen Machin
Dr Konrad Mierendorff
Dr Lars Nesheim
Dr Aureo De Paula
Dr Malcolm Pemberton
Professor Fabien Postel-Vinay
Professor Ian Preston
Professor Imran Rasul
Professor Morten O. Ravn
Professor Jean-Marc Robin
Dr Adam Rosen
Professor Uta Schoenberg
Professor Vasiliki Skreta
Dr Christian Spielmann
Professor Stephen Smith
Dr Vincent Sterk,
Dr Michela Tincani
Dr Marcos Vera-Hernandez
Dr Donald Verry
Dr Frank Witte

Nikita Roketskiy wins AEA best paper award

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Nikita Roketskiy wins AEA (American Economic Association) best Microeconomics paper in the American Economic Journal for his paper "Nonlinear Pricing of Storable Goods" with co-authors Igal Hendel and Alessandro Lizzeri 

AHRC award for TruLife Research Network

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AHRC

Elizabeth Graham is part of a research network concerned with Precolumbian Tropical urban Life (TruLife) which has just received an AHRC award.

Corisande Fenwick receives British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award

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Photography in Academic Research

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Photography in Academic Research (Image courtesy of David Swindell)

‘photography + (con) text’ is pleased to announce a call for papers and visual submissions for a conference on Photography in Academic Research to be held at the Institute in September 2016.

Exhibition Launch - Mysteries of the Mind

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Exhibition Launch - Mysteries of the Mind

The opening of the new student exhibition, Mysteries of the Mind, will be marked by a private view at the Institute this week.

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