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 Critical Heritage Studies Small Grants Scheme

The Centre for Critical Heritage Studies (CCHS) invites applications from UCL academic staff or doctoral/postdoctoral students to its Small Grants Scheme, which funds projects that lead to or support collaborative research on critical heritage studies. Funding of up to £2000 per application is available per project. In very exceptional circumstances we may consider applications up to £4000. There is no minimum limit for awards.

Planetary Poetics Workshop

The Institute of Advanced Studies is pleased to announce a workshop on the theme of ‘Planetary Poetics’. To be held from 21-23 September 2017 in collaboration with the Sydney Environment Institute, University of Sydney. This three-day event will investigate the paradigm of the planetary, understood variously in terms of aesthetics, affectivity, geophysical systems, political community, materiality, and technology. Over the course of the three days we will be hosting several panels, talks, screenings and an exciting programme of public events.

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.


Conceptions of Freedom III: Religion

In the third discussion of a series on Conceptions of Freedom, Christopher Jamison, a Benedictine monk and former Abbott of Worth Abbey, and Remona Aly, a British Muslim commentator on questions of faith and identity, will reflect on the understanding of freedom in various religions, and what both theology and religious practice have to tell us about the limits and possibilities of personal autonomy, and the role of religious codes in enabling or inhibiting individual choice. Christopher Jamison became well-known through the BBC TV series, The Monastery; and Remona Aly is a frequent contributor to The Guardian and BBC Radio.

Starts: Jun 27, 2017 6:00:00 PM

Creative Resistance: Architecture, Art, Writing, a Life. . .

Jane Rendell (Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL), Hélène Frichot (KTH, Stockholm) and Emma Cheatle (Newcastle University) will lead a workshop exploring and performing the role of critical and creative writing in research. How can experimental approaches to writing in architecture open up spaces for resistance, dissidence, liberation?

Starts: Jul 4, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Creative Resistance Book Launch: Part-Architecture: The Maison de Verre, Duchamp, Domesticity and Desire in 1930s Paris

Join author Emma Cheatle for the book launch of Part-Architecture: The Maison de Verre, Duchamp, Domesticity and Desire in 1930s Paris (Routledge). Including a presentation by Emma Cheatle (Newcastle University) followed by responses from Hélène Frichot (KTH, Stockholm) and Barbara Penner (Bartlett), and an open Q&A chaired by Jane Rendell (Bartlett).

Starts: Jul 4, 2017 6:30:00 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.