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.

Call for Event Proposals

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.

We particularly welcome proposals related to our research themes for 2018/19, Laughter and Turbulence, although all ideas will be considered.  Should your proposal be related to Laughter or Turbulence, please mark this clearly in your application.  More about the research themes can be found here.

The event should be held during Spring or Summer Term 2019, and the deadline for applications is 18 November 2018.  The maximum amount to be awarded per event is £2,000.

Please apply by completing this

 and e-mail it to Catherine Stokes.
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 December 2018

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 Participants - Confrontations: Sessions in East European Art History

The Post-socialist Art Centre (PACT) at the Institute of Advanced Studies UCL, with support from the Getty Foundation’s Connecting Art Histories initiative, is launching a new research project entitled Confrontations: Sessions in East European Art History. Early and mid-career scholars are encouraged to apply to participate in four meetings to be held in Ljubljana/Zagreb, Prague/Bratislava, London/Paris and Warsaw/Łódź over 2019-20.

Led by Dr Maja Fowkes and Dr Reuben Fowkes, the project investigates the entangled histories of East European art through a series of itinerant symposia held at pertinent locations across and beyond the region. By staging encounters between contrasting aesthetic and critical positions and creating conditions for comparative insights to crystallise, these sessions aim to instigate more rigorous and integrated accounts of East European art history. Acknowledging the singularity of individual practices, the multi-directional flow of artistic exchange and the generative effects of local circumstances, this transnational initiative is a contribution to an emergent global history of art from the Second World War till today.

The title of the project refers to the series of Confrontations exhibitions held in Czechoslovakia in the years around 1960 and again in the spirit of post-modernist revival during the mid-1980s. While the original studio exhibitions were a means for young artists to challenge the dominance of socialist realism and figurative art by embracing the international style of art informel, those held at the end of the socialist period were organised in aesthetic opposition to the ethos of the dissident neo-avant-garde. What these two moments of contestation had in common was a willingness to challenge established artistic paradigms, a critical attitude to dominant institutions and a boldly experimental character. They also correspond chronologically to the two art historical periods with which this research project is primarily concerned.

Each of the four sessions is conceived as a week-long gathering with a core group of participants who will engage in seminar discussions, give presentations of their research, as well as take part in a programme of visits to relevant sites such as museums, galleries, artist studios or specialist archives. The topics of each meeting will be devised to draw on the strengths of local collections and points of primary art historical interest in the specific cities in which they are held. Each participant is expected to actively participate in discussions and give two research papers over the course of the project. Travel and accommodation expenses will be covered. Participants must commit to attending all four meetings for the full duration. 

Applications are particularly sought from post-doctoral researchers and early career scholars from the countries of Central and Eastern Europe inclusive of the Baltic States and the Balkans, as well as from those who study the art history of the region from further afield. While researchers specialised in any aspect of post-war East European art history are encouraged to apply, we are keen to recruit participants with an interest in engaging with under-researched topics including socialist realism, art informel, neo-constructivism and pop art, as well as the post-avant-garde, post-modern and alternative art currents of the 1980s.   

To apply, please submit a single word or pdf document with:

  1. Your name, email address, institutional affiliation, and postal address.
  2. An applicant statement (approximately two pages), stating what you would bring to the programme, the nature of your current work and involvement with East European art history, and what you believe you could gain through your participation in the Confrontations project.
  3. A short (two-page) CV, including a selection of your most relevant publications or research projects.

For enquiries, please contact Maja Fowkes or Reuben Fowkes by email fowkes@translocal.org

Please email the documents specified above as a single document to confrontations@translocal.org by Friday 9 November 2018

Selection of the participants will be made based on the recommendations of the project team comprising Dr Maja Fowkes (PACT UCL), Dr Reuben Fowkes (PACT UCL), Dr Pavlina Morganová (Academy of Fine Arts in Prague), Dr Tomasz Załuski (Institute of Contemporary Culture, University of Łódź) and Alina Șerban (art historian and curator, Bucharest).

We aim to notify applicants of the outcomes by the end of November.

Peking University Visiting Research Fellowship (Non-Stipendiary) Scheme

The Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (IHSS) at Peking University is delighted to announce that applications are now re-opened for the inaugural year of its Visiting Research Fellowship scheme for the Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London (UCL) academics for the Spring Term of 2018-19.

The fellowships are offered as 1–3 month placements for:
•    Candidates who have already held a PhD for a minimum of three years.
•    Professors who currently hold the position of professor and exhibit a high level of academic achievements including an outstanding record of research publications.
•    Scholars who at minimum hold the position of lecturer or assistant research fellow and have a promising track record of independent achievements within his or her area(s) of study.

Fellowships will be allocated according to time spent in the China and are non-stipendiary, but PKU will cover expenses for travel (one round-trip economy class ticket) and living allowance (including accommodation fees) of 20,000 RMB per month. IHSS will provide hotel information for the fellowships.
Applicants are expected to have a named PKU academic or department link already or be able to demonstrate that they intend to develop one.

PKU fellows from UCL are expected to:
•    Participate fully in PKU research-based activities and events
•    Deliver a residential seminar at PKU
•    Acknowledge the IHSS in publications that emerge from the residency at PKU
•    Actively help to promote cross-disciplinary engagement between PKU and UCL

To apply for a fellowship, please complete the

and return it to ihss-2@pku.edu.cn.
The residency period for Visiting Fellows is usually 1-3 months.  Online application is now officially open. Scholars applying for the Spring semester should submit the application prior to 30 November 2018 (Beijing time).  Following the end of the application period, IHSS will hold regular meetings to evaluate applications and make the final selection of Visiting Scholars.  Applicants will be notified of the results of their application via email within one month of the application deadline.  Find out more about PKU's IHSS .