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

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

Visiting Research Fellows (Non-Stipendiary)

Call for applications

Next deadlines: 30 April and 30 September 2022

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 application form and equal opportunities monitoring form, and e-mail it to Catherine Stokes, along with a short (two-page) CV and a sample article or book chapter, already published, in PDF format.


Call for Event Proposals

Call for Applications

Deadline: 1 November 2021 - THIS CALL IS NOW CLOSED

The UCL Institute of Advanced Studies invites applications from UCL academic staff, PhD students and post-doctoral researchers to its Call for Event Proposals, which funds interdisciplinary projects in the humanities and social sciences. PhD students must partner with a member of full-time UCL academic staff.  Proposals can be related to the IAS’s current research themes, but we also welcome interdisciplinary proposals which are not related to them.

Typical projects eligible for funding include:

  • hosting a research conference, a seminar, workshop, or symposium
  • public engagement activities and collaborations with external non-academic institutions

The project needs to commence and its allocated funds be spent by 31 July 2022.

The IAS is working as flexibly as possible in terms of event formats and we are happy to support online, hybrid or in-person events (as and when possible).  Funding of up to £2,000 per event is available. There is no minimum limit for awards: indeed the most useful funding in current circumstances may well be the £300-£400 required to hire an online platform such as Gather or Remo for a couple of days, or the fees (c. £150-£200) to pay freelance creative artists or activists to participate in your event (please note that we do not fund honoraria).

This call is issued now with a view to events in the Spring and Summer terms, which we hope can be in-person.  If you would like to hold an event in the Autumn term, please get in touch with Catherine Stokes (c.stokes@ucl.ac.uk) or Lucy Stagg (l.stagg@ucl.ac.uk) for practical advice about the options. 

The deadline for submission of proposals is 1 November 2021. Projects will be selected by the IAS Director and Deputy Directors.

If you wish to apply, please complete this application form and send it to Catherine Stokes.

Call for UCL Post-Docs to join IAS Residential Seminars

Call for applications

IAS Residential Seminars are held weekly during term-time and offer an opportunity for IAS-resident Research Fellows, IAS Visiting Research Fellows and co-ordinators of the research centres based in the IAS to present works-in-progress. We are now opening up this seminar to post-doc researchers in the Faculties of Arts & Humanities and Social & Historical Sciences who would like to discuss their work. Please send an expression of interest specifying your current research and why would you like to join these seminars to Catherine Stokes. N.B., we only have the capacity to accept ten post-docs to these seminars. 


Call for Reading/Seminar Clubs

Call for applications

The aim of the Reading/Seminar Clubs is to host generative, cross-UCL conversations around shared interests in the hope of engendering new thinking, new outcomes and new collaborations. The Institute of Advanced Studies currently hosts five established Reading/Seminar Clubs and we are happy to welcome five more. At the moment, we can offer online presence and announcements and, as we return to our regular spaces, we will be able to offer a room with basic IT equipment. The current call is open to PhD students as well as post-docs. Please send an expression of interest to Catherine Stokes specifying a theme or an idea that you would like to explore in a creative, open-ended and exploratory way; a team of colleagues; and the form of the group, e.g. reading group, seminar, etc. 

Find more information on our current groups here under ‘Initiatives’.

Call for IAS Editorial Collective

Call for IAS Editorial collective

The Institute of Advanced Studies is calling for expressions of interest to join an editorial collective to produce our new fully online publication, which we plan to launch in Summer 2022.

The aim of the publication is to facilitate creative cross-disciplinary conversations between UCL and the world, with an especial emphasis on the Global South, and to respond to the events that shake up the status quo. The publication will be fully digital and aims to exploit the possibilities of the virtual world, especially to include experimental visual and sonic material.


The collective will operate horizontally with rotating coordinating editors fully supported by the IAS in-house team. There will be opportunities to undertake a variety of roles, at different times, depending on your interests, experience and other commitments, ranging from coordinating the annual theme, to curating more regular content, to following the media/social media and alerting us to key developments, to offering general advice and suggestions to keep the publication dynamic and current. 

Our approach will be to have one annual core theme, aligned with the work of the IAS, plus seasonal themes and features that will be updated more regularly (details to be discussed by the future editorial collective). The first core theme will be 'Music Futures', building on the current joint initiative between the IAS, the European Institute and Grand Challenges, dedicated to thinking, writing, and performing music. We will welcome proposals for special seasonal themes.

One of the purposes of the collective is to create a space for exchange of ideas and experience between colleagues with different levels of experience of editing, so we hope to attract colleagues working at all stages of an academic career. We welcome all members of staff and research students with an interest in editing, commissioning, and conceiving cutting-edge academic work to send us an expression of interest (1-2 pages). Please outline your experience in this kind of roles, what you would like to contribute and your commitment capacity. We would expect editors to meet (approximately) two hours every month to commission and edit pieces, and to comment on pieces on a regular basis.

Now in its fourth year, IAS Think Pieces has launched three issues in its printed format (which you can find here or at the IAS’s office) and one more is coming up. IAS Think Pieces has been devoted to our annual research themes, and has represented varied, cutting-edge research in creative forms accessible to a broad and heterogeneous audience. We plan to continue this approach in the digital version, while hoping to extend its appeal and reach.

Please do forward your Expressions of Interest (or any additional questions) to Albert Brenchat-Aguilar a.brenchat@ucl.ac.uk by 5pm on Tuesday 21 December.

IAS Network for Early Career Academics in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Launch event: Wednesday 24 November, 2-4pm

The IAS is launching a network to bring together early-career academics (ECAs) working in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) across UCL. Our working definition of AHSS is capacious: if your work involves AHSS approaches, feel free to join (even if you’re based in a primarily STEM faculty). Our definition of early-career is similarly broad: the network is open to PhD candidates at any stage and to all postdocs and lecturers (anyone on grade 7 or grade 8).

Our aims are to integrate dedicated AHSS intellectual content with cross-disciplinary intellectual exchange, skills development and career guidance. And, not least, to offer opportunities for sociability and informal sharing of ideas and experiences. The network will be based on a series of events, including workshops on writing and on crossing boundaries of all kinds. Over time, it can evolve in response to the suggestions and contributions of participants.

At the launch, we will take half an hour to introduce you to key contacts in the IAS, the Joint Faculties and the wider UCL community. We will then go into break-out groups, which will be loosely organised around research themes, so that you can get to know people with similar intellectual interests, before moving to a short concluding discussion about how you would like the network to develop.

Please sign up for the online launch event here and send us an email (p.llombart@ucl.ac.uk) indicating one or more of the following thematic discussions you would be interested to join:

  • Music
  • Growth
  • Migration
  • Gender and feminism
  • Health
  • Knowledge equity
  • Race and racialisation
  • Anthropocene
FRINGE Small Grants - Call for Proposals

The UCL SSEES FRINGE Centre calls for proposals for small grant research projects for the 2021-22 academic year. In keeping with the FRINGE ethos proposals should be broadly interdisciplinary in nature.


We particularly welcome projects that:

embody or reflect upon the conception of Critical Area Studies (see below) as fostered at SSEES (The School of Slavonic and East European Studies) and at IAS (the Institute of Advanced Studies) engage with the mission and themes of the FRINGE Centre (see below) foreground critical visions, mappings and perspectives stemming from or rooted in (post-) socialist and/or (de-)colonial worlds

All UCL academic staff and postgraduate research students are encouraged to apply and proposals will be evaluated by a multi-disciplinary committee of colleagues. The scope of projects is open, but can include funding to cover the cost of a symposium, a seminar mini-series, an exhibition or another type of research-rooted event. Given the short timeframe and the complexity of conducting research projects in the era of the Covid-19 pandemic, FRINGE will not at this time support fieldwork visits or overseas travel for UCL members of staff and research students. For examples of projects previously supported by FRINGE, see the Events section of the FRINGE Centre website.

Please send one-page proposals (.doc or .pdf), including a short statement of purpose, project background, timeline and budget (max. £1,500) to FRINGE@ucl.ac.uk by 17 December 2021. Please also include your full name, UCL Department and job title or programme of study. The combined length of the statement of purpose and project background should not exceed 500 words and the whole document (Helvetica or Times New Roman, size 11) should not exceed one page of A4. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of January 2022. Funds should be spent and projects completed by July 2022, but there may in some instances be scope to extend the funding until December 2022. If you wish to extend your project until December, please provide a clear justification for doing so in your project timeline. Please direct any enquiries to FRINGE Director Dr Michał Murawski: m.murawski@ucl.ac.uk

The FRINGE Centre explores the roles that complexity, ambivalence and immeasurability play in social and cultural phenomena. A cross-disciplinary initiative bringing together scholars from the humanities and social sciences, FRINGE examines how seemingly opposed notions such as centrality and marginality, and clarity and ambiguity, can shift and converge when embedded in everyday practices. Our interest lies in the hidden complexity of all embedded practices, taken-for-granted and otherwise invisible subjects. Illuminating the 'fringe' thus puts the 'centre' in a new light. The FRINGE Centre is an initiative founded by UCL’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES), which works within the Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) framework to pursue Critical Area Studies. Learn more about FRINGE

Critical Area Studies

Area Studies has often been understood not simply in contrast but indeed in subordination to the traditional academic disciplines: as mere application to a particular region of the general principles formulated within university disciplines. Critical Area Studies, by contrast, centres on the conviction that knowledge generated from the ‘bottom up’—that is, from particular contexts and with specialist understanding of local complexities—does not simply apply but in fact alters and even produces general principles. Further, Critical Area Studies is committed to the idea that interdisciplinary inquiry brings innovative perspectives that the traditional disciplines, or even multi-disciplinary combinations thereof, often overlook.

Read more here.

CALL FOR PAPERS for Early Career Workshop: Infrastructure, Inequality and the Neo-Apartheid City

Institute of advanced studies, UCL, June 6th 2022

Applications no later than 28 February 2022.


Moriel Ram (Newcastle University), Charlotte Lemanski (Cambridge University), Haim Yacobi (University College London)

This workshop for early-career researchers, supported by the Urban Studies Foundation, will critically explore a conceptual analysis of an emerging urban regime - the neo-apartheid city, by analysing the role of infrastructure in facilitating political control through socio-spatial division. The current pandemic has elucidated the urgency of critically re-theorising how urban regimes of separation, based on racial and ethnic discrimination and driven by consumer logic, privatisation and deregulation, intensify and deepen inequalities in urban settings. To understand how COVID-19 effects urban lives, there is an urgent need to locate, articulate and challenge pre-existing conditions of inequality (visibly manifest in urban infrastructure), which shape (and are shaped by) contemporary political regimes in the city. This workshop is an opportunity for early-career researchers working in cognate research areas to discuss and critically analyse their work in the context of an emerging urban regime we identify as the neo-apartheid city.

Please find application details and more info here