Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Calls & Announcements

Please watch this space for new calls and announcements, both internal and external to UCL, from the Institute of Advanced Studies.

IAS Book Launch Programme

We welcome proposals from any full-time member of staff who would like to celebrate their new book by launching it as part of our Book Launch Programme.

The launch should have some intellectual content, e.g. a conversation between the author and an interlocutor, a small panel discussion or a talk.  We will provide the space in the IAS Common Ground area (which accommodates approximately 100 people) and basic refreshments.  We would welcome the involvement of publishers with regard to signings and selling, but would then like them to contribute towards the provision of refreshments.

We plan to schedule these as evening events from 6 to 8 pm throughout the year at agreed times, pending availability.

We would also consider proposals from UCL academics who wish to engage in discussion on the occasion of the publication of books by non-UCL authors.

If you would like to hold your book launch as part of the IAS Book Launch Programme, please complete this application form and e-mail it to Catherine Stokes.

Octagon Small Grants Fund and Friday Forum

Please click here for information about the Octagon Small Grants Fund and Friday Forum, which support UCL-based researchers and graduate students in the Faculties of Arts & Humanities and Social & Historical Sciences and SSEES.

Visiting Research Fellows (Non-Stipendiary)

Call for applications

Deadline: 31 March 2019

We welcome applications from post-doctoral, mid-career and senior scholars to become non-stipendiary Visiting Research Fellows at the Institute of Advanced Studies to spend between three months and one year with us.

We will provide desk space, membership of the IAS community and Common Ground, access to UCL resources including the library, full participation in IAS events (e.g. seminars, workshops and conferences) and a framework in which you can present your research and participate in a research community.  In return, we ask that you make a case as to why being at UCL will be beneficial for you and how, in turn, you will contribute to the IAS.

If you wish to apply, please complete this

and e-mail it to Catherine Stokes, along with a short (two-page) CV.


Call for Papers - On Laughter 

To say the least, academics struggle with laughter. We can analyse jokes, dissect irony, theorize ‘the comic,’ and laugh ourselves, but when it comes to talking about laughter – often uncontrollable, sometimes inappropriate – we stop short. Perhaps it is too intimate, too revealing, too awkward.

‘On Laughter,’ a two-day conference hosted at the Institute of Advanced Studies at University College London on 11-12 July 2019, will address laughter itself. The humanities and the natural and social sciences all have something valuable to contribute. We invite scholars working across these areas to consider the following dimensions of laughter: Politics and laughter; Forms and performances of laughter; Affects of laughter; The laughing body; The evolution, history, and ontogenesis of laughter; Authority and laughter; Morality and laughter.

We invite proposals for individual papers of approximately 15 minutes that address the above themes. Please send proposals to Alice Rudge and Andrew Dean, at onlaughter@ucl.ac.uk, by 28 February. Please note which themes you are planning to address. Responses will be provided by mid-March.

Download the call for papers here.