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Popular Antiquities 2013: Call for Papers

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Popular Antiquities 2013 conference

The third multidisciplinary conference on 'Popular Antiquities: Folklore and Archaeology' will be held at the Institute on 12 & 13 October 2013. The deadline for the call for papers is 28 June 2013. 

Dr Maki Kimura - Japan's politicians have a problem with 'comfort women'

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Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto

Dr Maki Kimura, a Teaching Fellow in Gender and Politics, at The School of Public Policy wrote an article for The Guardian on recent remarks by Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto justifying Japan's war-time use of sex slaves.

UCL Connections awarded Digital Humanities Prize

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Virtual reality visualisation developed by the Warbrand team

The UCL Connections project, involving Institute PhD researcher, Jia Liu, was the winning project at UCL's Digital Humanities prize workshop.

Spices and medicine: From Historical Obsession to Research of the Future

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Friday 24th May 2013, 9:30am – 5:00pm, Maplethorpe Lecture Theatre, UCL School of Pharmacy, 29-39 Brunswick Square, WC1N 1AX.
A one-day international conference.

Andrew Chesher appointed as William Stanley Jevons Chair of Economics and Economic Measurement

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Perhaps the most eminent figure to hold a professorship of economics at UCL was William Stanley Jevons (1835-1882), also earlier a student of the college. Often seen as the main British contributor to the marginalist revolution in economic thought of the 1870s, he challenged Ricardian ideas, seeking for instance to replace theories of value based on labour input with theories based on utility. In his support for the use of mathematical analysis in economics and in his practical use of economic statistics, he can be seen as one of the first exponents of recognisably modern econometric methods. Andrew Chesher’s standing in the profession and his contributions make him an extremely worthy holder of the William Stanley Jevons Chair of Economics and Economic Measurement.

Fabien Postel-Vinay to join UCL Economics

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UCL Economics is pleased to announce that Fabien Postel-Vinay (Bristol) will join the department this coming academic year. We are proud to be able to add his significant talent to our departmental portfolio.

Job Vacancy: Teaching Fellow in Environmental Archaeology

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Sesame seeds

The Institute of Archaeology currently has a vacancy for a Teaching Fellow in Environmental Archaeology (Ref.:1333179). The deadline for applications is 27 May 2013.

Orazio Attanasio appointed as Jeremy Bentham Chair of Economics

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Jeremy Bentham, was the “spiritual founder” of UCL and a key player in the establishment of UCL Economics. He made fundamental contributions to economics and many of them still shape modern economic theory. Perhaps most importantly, Bentham developed Utilitarianism. Although his felicific calculus has not survived to modern economic theory, the idea of utility being the main object of interest for welfare and choice theory is still very much the dominating paradigm. Utilitarianism also provides the foundation of much modern econometric measurement, testing and estimation of economic theory without which macroeconomics would have little relevance. Bentham also worked on macroeconomic theory including monetary economics. Orazio Attanasio has made fundamental contributions to many of these areas and is an extremely worthy holder of the Jeremy Bentham Chair of Economics.

Launch of new student exhibition at the Institute

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Launch of new student exhibition at the Institute on Food in Social Relationships

The opening of the new student exhibition, The Key Ingredient: Food in Social Relationships, will be marked by a reception at the Institute this evening.

Ground-breaking research at the Institute on human impact on the environment

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Alison Wesskopf studying traditional rice cultivation in Laos

Dorian Fuller's research project on the evolution of rice systems from China to Southeast Asia, funded by a major new NERC award, has begun at the Institute.

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