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
The IAS is pleased to share this Call for Papers for a panel to be held on 15 June 2018 on the notion of Noise, either sonic or visual, as a strategy to
challenge hegemonic norms. The deadline for submissions is Friday 13 April 2018.
The Institute of Advanced Studies is seeking to appoint four Junior Research Fellows (JRFs) on appointments of 24 months each. Candidates should have recently completed (within five years) a PhD in one of the subject areas of either the Faculty of Arts & Humanities or the Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences, and should be able to contribute to one of the following research themes: Laughter or Turbulence. 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 8 April 2018.
We are delighted to announce that IAS Junior Research Fellow Dr Peter Leary's book, Unapproved Routes: Histories of the Irish Border, 1922-1972, has been shortlisted for the 25th Christopher Ewart-Biggs Literary Prize, the objectives of which are to promote and encourage peace and reconciliation in Ireland, a greater understanding between the peoples of Britain and Ireland, or closer co-operation between the partners of the European Community. The winner of the prize will be announced on 11 April 2018. Read The Irish Times' review of the book here.
The Institute of Advanced Studies is pleased to be able to announce its research themes for 2018-2019: Laughter and Turbulence. 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 two years 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 March 2018. Keep an eye on this website for further information.
We are pleased to share this call for papers for an interdisciplinary conference called 'Area Studies in Flux' to be held at UCL from 27 to 28 September 2018. The conference is convened by the IAS and SSEES in collaboration with PKU, Beijing, and is designed to go beyond Euro/US-centrism to explore ‘area’ from diverse vantage points and emplaced disciplinary traditions. The deadline for submission of proposals is 13 April 2018. Download the call for papers here.
We are delighted to share this Call for Papers for the Hermes Summer School, the topic for which this year is the IAS's research theme for 2017-18, Vulnerability. The School will take place at the Italian Institute of Germanic Studies from 18 to 22 June and more details about it can be found on the Comparative Literature webpages. The deadline for the call is 5 March and the call can be downloaded here.
As part of this year’s research theme on ‘Lies’, the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies will be hosting a panel discussion on the present and future of defamation law. How can the law best protect rights of speech and of privacy in a digital age? Has the Defamation Act of 2013 allowed for the publication of truths, opinions honestly held, or speech in the public interest? How has a new standard of harm respected the rights of the claimants and defendants in practice?
Starts: Mar 22, 2018 6:30:00 PM
For three decades, state-sponsored short filmmaking educated Danish citizens, promoted Denmark to the world, and shaped the careers of renowned directors like Carl Th. Dreyer. This book, written by Dr C. Claire Thomson and published by Edinburgh University Press in January 2018, traces how Danish shorts on topics including social welfare, industry, art and architecture were commissioned, funded, produced and reviewed from the inter-war period to the 1960s. Examining the life cycle of a representative selection of films, and discussing their preservation and mediation in the digital age, this book presents a detailed case study of how informational cinema is shaped by, and indeed shapes, its cultural, political and technological contexts.
Starts: Mar 28, 2018 6:00:00 PM
The IAS is delighted to host the Bureaucracy in Medieval Scandinavia seminar series, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The last in the series, 'Bureaucratic Memory: Managing Anglo-Nordic Genealogy” will be given by Professor Tim Machan (University of Notre Dame).
Starts: Apr 10, 2018 6:00:00 PM
UCL IAS Lies: Lying in Early Modern English Culture - From the Oath of Supremacy to the Oath of Allegiance
The IAS is delighted to welcome Professor Andrew Hadfield (University of Sussex) for this talk.
Starts: Apr 16, 2018 6:00:00 PM
'Jews and Ukrainians: A Millennium of Co-Existence' - Book launch and talk by Paul Robert Magocsi, University of Toronto
There is much that ordinary Ukrainians do not know about Jews, and much that ordinary Jews do not know about Ukrainians. As a result, those Jews and Ukrainians who may care about their respective ancestral heritages usually view each other through distorted stereotypes, misperceptions, and biases. This book sheds new light on controversial moments of Ukrainian-Jewish relations and argues that the historical experience in Ukraine not only divided ethnic Ukrainians and Jews, but also brought them together.
Starts: Apr 16, 2018 7:00:00 PM
The IAS in the media
IAS Junior Research Fellow, Dr Peter Leary, writes in The Guardian on 1 March 2018 on the question of how Brexit might affect the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Read his comment piece, 'There are three ways out of the Irish border impasse. All are closed to Theresa May' here.
Peter's book, Unapproved Routes: Histories of the Irish Border, 1922-1972, has also been shortlisted for the 25th Christopher Ewart-Biggs Literary Prize, the objectives of which are to promote and encourage peace and reconciliation in Ireland, a greater understanding between the peoples of Britain and Ireland, or closer co-operation between the partners of the European Community. Read The Irish Times' review of the book here.