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


Africa and the Epidemiological Imagination - Call for Posters

We invite abstract submissions for an early career scholar (PhD candidates, postdoctoral scholars, etc.) poster session for a workshop on Africa and the Epidemiological Imagination at the Institute of Advanced Studies at University College London on September 6th and 7th. 

Research Associate for Modern European History (Germany and Austria)

Applications are welcomed for the position of Research Associate for Modern European History (Germany and Austria) in the Centre for Collective Violence, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, which is based in the Institute of Advanced Studies.  The postdoctoral Research Associate will work closely with Professor Mary Fulbrook, Professor Stephanie Bird, and Dr Stefanie Rauch on an AHRC-funded three-year collaborative research project entitled ‘Compromised Identities? Reflections on Perpetration and Complicity under Nazism’.  The deadline for applications is 31 July 2018.  More information about the position and how to apply can be found here.

Dealing with Difficult Research - Call for Papers

We are pleased to share this call for papers for a one-day interdisciplinary workshop organised by Dr Stefanie Rauch ( Research Associate, Centre for Collective Violence, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, IAS) on conducting research on sensitive, controversial, challenging and emotionally difficult topics. This conference will take place at University of Warwick on Friday 13 July 2018. Deadline is Wednesday 20 June.

IAS-German Historical Institute London Joint Junior Research Fellowship 2018-19

The Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London, and the German Historical Institute London intend to appoint a joint Stipendiary Junior Research Fellow, tenable for a period of six months from 1 October 2018. 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.

Call for Event Proposals - Autumn 2018

The IAS welcomes proposals for idea/research-driven public events, panels or conferences to be hosted ideally in the Common Ground in South Wing.  The event must be led by a UCL academic but may include partners from other institutions, and should aim to attract people from a range of departments and disciplines.

PKU-UCL IAS Visiting Research Fellows Scheme Open

The Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (IHSS) at Peking University is delighted to announce that applications are now open for the inaugural year of its Visiting Research Fellowship scheme organised with the Institute of Advanced Studies for UCL academics to visit Beijing during the year 2018-19.


Collecting Change/Changing Collections

The Institute of Advanced Studies is hosting a daylong workshop led by Institute of Archaeology PhD researcher Kyle Lee-Crossett.

Starts: Jul 27, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Intersections of intimacies and inequalities

We are pleased to share details of this workshop organised by the Thomas Coram Research Unit (TCRU) at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), and hosted by the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies.

Starts: Sep 18, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Area Studies in Flux Conference

This 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 conference will be divided into four sessions: 

Starts: Sep 28, 2018 9:15:00 AM

Area Studies in Flux Workshop

Please note that ticket holders are expected to attend the Area Studies in Flux conference, please get your conference tickets here

Starts: Sep 29, 2018 5:30:00 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.