Institute of Advanced Studies


Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)

" 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


IAS-German Historical Institute Junior Research Fellowship

The Institute of Advanced Studies and the German Historical Institute London intend to appoint a joint Stipendiary Junior Research Fellow, tenable for a period of six months from 15 September 2017. 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.

IAS Junior Research Fellowships 2017-18

The Institute of Advanced Studies is seeking to appoint four Junior Research Fellows (JRFs) on appointments of 12 months each.  Candidates should have recently completed (within five years) a PhD in one of the subject areas of either the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, or the Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences, and should be able to contribute to one of the following research themes: Lies or Vulnerability.  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 25 May 2017.

UCL IAS-PKU Visiting Research Fellowships Scheme Open

The Institute of Advanced Studies is delighted to announce that applications are now open for the inaugural year of its Visiting Research Fellowship scheme for Peking University (PKU) academics for 2017-18.  The fellowships are offered as 1–3 month placements for either early career or senior researchers.

IAS Research Themes 2017-18

The Institute of Advanced Studies is pleased to be able to announce its research themes for 2017-2018: Lies and Vulnerability.  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 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 April 2017.  Keep an eye on this website for further information.

The Orwell Prize Announces the Longlists for the Orwell Prizes 2017

Longlists for the Orwell Prize for Books 2017, Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing, were announced today.  Following a year in which George Orwell’s name has returned to the heart of political discourse, the Orwell Prize judges choose the most compelling political writing of 2016, including books on the impact of the Hillsborough disaster and FGM in Britain longlisted alongside Hisham Matar’s The Return and New York Times CEO Mark Thompson’s Enough Said.

Creative Critical Writing Workshop - Call for Participants

The Institute of Advanced Studies is delighted to share a call for participants for this Creative Critical Writing Workshop for graduate students and early career researchers, which it has co-funded.  The workshop will take place from 28 to 30 June 2017, and the submission deadline for the call is 23 April 2017.


The Small Press Project 2017

We are pleased to share an invitation to this years Small Press Project which has been partly funded by the Institute of Advanced Studies. 

Starts: Apr 27, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Indian Ocean Histories and Modern Art: A Discussion with Subodh Kerkar

The Institute of Advanced Studies and the Centre for the Study of South Asia are delighted to welcome SUBODH KERKAR, contemporary artist and founder-director of the Museum of Goa, as part of UCL’s India Voices programme for 2017-18. Trained as a doctor, Kerkar has been producing installations for over 20 years, which he has exhibited in India and around the world. Dr Kerkar will speak about how he tells history through artwork, with a response from Dr Sujit Sivasundaram (University of Cambridge), and chaired by Dr Jagjeet Lally (UCL). 

Starts: Apr 27, 2017 4:00:00 PM

Romanian Migration Workshop

We are delighted to share an invitation to this Romanian Migration Workshop which is being held by the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES). 

Starts: Apr 28, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Workshop on Emerging Approaches in Uganda Studies

Over the past ten years, the historiography of Uganda has been invested with new vigour. Building upon the increasing availability of private and public archives, and innovative ethnographic work, scholars have developed new areas of enquiry and have sought to rethink much of the work that was associated with the East African Institute of Social Research during the late 1950s and early 1960s. The purpose of this one-day workshop is to convene scholars who are actively working to rethink Uganda’s past and current scholarship. All are welcome to attend.

Starts: Apr 29, 2017 9:00:00 AM

IAS Book Launch: Jewish Families in Europe 1939 - Present: History, Representation, and Memory

Please join us for this book launch for Jewish Families in Europe 1939 - Present: History,  Representation, and Memory in which the author, IAS Honorary Research Fellow in the UCL Centre for Collective Violence, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Dr Joanna Beata Michlic will be in conversation with Professor Nicholas Stargardt (Magdalen College, University of Oxford).  Dr Michlic wrote this book to invite scholars from a variety of fields to engage in conversations about child survivors’ post-war memories and the coping mechanisms of Jewish families and youth during the Holocaust, the possibilities, limitations and dynamics of the reconstruction of the post-Holocaust Jewish family, and the impossibility of the recovery of childhood in the aftermath of the genocide. The book demonstrates the importance of children and youth’s voices in the reconstruction of the social history of the Holocaust.  The underpinning idea for this book is to increase attention to the personal stories of the individual children themselves.

Starts: May 3, 2017 6:00:00 PM

The IAS in the media

IAS Junior Research Fellow, Dr Aline-Florence Manent, has been in heavy demand during the French presidential election, providing commentary on the BBC and also writing op ed pieces for Open Democracy and The Spectator.

The 2016 Orwell Lecture, given by Private Eye editor Ian Hislop on 15 November to a sold-out audience and organised by The Orwell Prize which is now housed at the IAS, hit the front cover of the New Statesman on 1 December. Read 'The Age of Outrage' here and watch the lecture here.

IAS Visiting Research Fellow, Dr Martin Edwards, recently featured in a pair of BBC Radio 4 programmes called ‘Farewell Doctor Finlay’, a two-part history of General Practice in the UK.  Both are available to listen to on the BBC iPlayer.

The research carried out by former Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Professor Evthymios Papataxiarchis, during his recent visit at the IAS is mentioned in this article in The Times Higher Education Supplement about the very successful Engaging Refugee Narratives event, hosted at the IAS on 30 June.  Read about it here.  He also appeared on BBC Radio 4's The World Tonight on 13 October discussing the refugee crisis in his fieldwork site of Skala Sykamnias, Greece.  Listen from 34 minutes 30 seconds in here.

Research carried out by Dr Lois Lee, Co-Director of the IAS's centre for Secularity and Secularism Studies and IAS Visiting Research Fellow, Dr Stephen Bullivant, which shows that the number of people in England and Wales who identify themselves as having 'no religion' is larger than those who identify themselves as Christian, was covered extensively in the media, grabbing the front page of The Guardian and a column in the Evening Standard.