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


Centre for the Study of South Asia and the Indian Ocean World Early Career Researchers' Workshop: Call for Papers

The UCL Centre for the Study of South Asia and the Indian Ocean World (CSSA) brings together researchers and postgraduate students working on South Asia from across the disciplines. We invite proposals for papers which focus on South Asia, the Indian Ocean world, and their diasporas.  Scholars who wish to present should send the title of their paper, a description of no more than 250 words, and a brief biography to the organisers by email (southasiacentre@ucl.ac.uk) by 16 March 2018.

UCL IAS Annual Review 2017

The Institute of Advanced Studies has produced its second Annual Review, celebrating the achievements of 2017.  Find out more about what we do, who we are, our activities and ethos by downloading it here.

Major AHRC Grant Awarded for Research into Perpetration and Complicity under Nazism

We are delighted to announce an AHRC award of £940k to Professor Mary Fulbrook, Dean of Social & Historical Sciences (SHS), Professor Stephanie Bird, Director of the School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS) and Dr Stefanie Rauch (IAS) for a major research project which will be housed in the IAS, 'Compromised Identities? Reflections on perpetration and complicity under Nazism'.

Institute of Advanced Studies Collaboration with Mishcon Academy

The Institute of Advanced Studies has today announced a collaboration with the Mishcon Academy at Mishcon de Reya to deliver thought leadership events as part of the IAS's 'Lies' Programme. This is the first partnership of its kind for both Mishcon de Reya and the IAS. The partnership will establish a programme of events for the IAS 2017-18 research theme of ‘Lies’ and will specifically focus on the following issues:

New IAS Deputy Directors

The IAS is delighted to announce the appointment of two Deputy Directors, one for each of the Joint Faculties.  Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen will represent the Faculty of Arts & Humanities and Professor Megan Vaughan the Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences.  They will be spreading the word about the IAS and its activities in their respective faculties as well as taking on responsibilities for public-facing events, amongst other duties.

IAS Announces Collaboration with CSCA

The Institute of Advanced Studies is delighted to announce a year-long collaboration with History of Art’s Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art (CSCA). We hope that this will bring researchers across UCL with an interest in aesthetics, politics and the contemporary into conversation with one another. The CSCA has decided to focus its activities around a particular annual research theme developed in collaboration with a different research centre or department at UCL each year. The idea behind these temporary collaborations is to encourage greater interdisciplinarity and to forge dialogue across the University. 


IAS Talking Points: Enchantment and iconoclasm in an age of images

At least since antiquity, the nearly magical, deceptive potential of images has been an issue of serious ethical and epistemological concern. What histories, theories and concepts can we leverage to address the multiple challenges they pose in their present, at times troubling, technological forms? In her talk, IAS Visiting Research Fellow, Dr Anna Marazuela Kim discusses her project on image-worlds, ethics and iconoclasm, drawing together insights from philosophy, technology and histories and anthropologies of the image. Professor Martin Holbraad (Department of Anthropology, UCL) and Dr Hans Christian Hönes (The Warburg Institute) will act as respondents.

Starts: Feb 20, 2018 6:00:00 PM

African Studies Seminar: The Chad-Cameroon Pipeline Project - A 15-year retrospective

The UCL African Studies Seminar welcomes Phil Burnham from the UCL Department of Anthropology for the third seminar of the Spring Term.  At the turn of the millennium, the Chad-Cameroon oil pipeline project, proposed by Exxon-Mobil in collaboration with the World Bank, excited much controversy in the world press, with international green NGOs leading an unsuccessful fight to block the project. Oil first flowed through the pipeline in 2003 and continues to do so today, although the project has suffered ups and downs throughout this period.

Starts: Feb 21, 2018 1:15:00 PM

Rejecting the Classics

This half-day workshop, generously supported by UCL’s Institute of Advanced Studies and the A. G. Leventis Foundation, will take place at UCL’s IAS Common Ground on Wednesday 21 February 2018. As part of the Institute’s current ‘Lies’ research theme it aims to explore the way that the privileged status of the ‘classical’ has been challenged as false by later authors and writers.

Starts: Feb 21, 2018 1:30:00 PM

Rethinking Innovation and Industrial Policy for European Periphery and Catching Up Economies

The demise of Washington Consensus and the emergence of new policy philosophies ranging from mission-oriented public policies, new structural economics, productive development policies, neo-Schumpeterian, Schumpeterian industrial policies, and EU Smart specialization have radically changed our thinking on industrial and innovation policy.

Starts: Feb 23, 2018 10:15:00 AM

African Studies Seminar: Boda Boda Rage - Economies of affection in the motorbike taxis of Kenya

The UCL African Studies Seminar welcomes Joyce Nyairo (Independent Researcher, Eldoret; Currently co-director of Templeton World Charity Foundation project)Nikushike namna gani? How should I hold you?  The questions that women ask motorbike taxis operators, are just one of the many ways in which this new mode of transportation in both urban and rural Kenya has become a vehicle for laughter, outrage, (in)dignity and wealth.

Starts: Feb 28, 2018 1:15:00 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 France 24 and also writing op ed pieces for Open Democracy and The Spectator, as well as UCL's European Institute.

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.