Institute of Advanced Studies



Zugunruhe: A Wild Exploration of Migration

The IAS is delighted to host this work-in-progress theatre performance made by Tom Bailey, Leverhulme Artist in Residence at the Migration Research Unit, UCL.  The performance will be followed by a Q&A session.

Starts: Dec 12, 2017 5:00:00 PM

Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art Symposium: Twenty Years of Boredom

Twenty Years of Boredom takes as its starting point the exhibition On Boredom, a CD ROM published by Cambridge Darkroom Gallery and launched at the ICA, London, in 1997. The project was curated by Susan Morris, with essays by Andrew Benjamin and David Bate. On Boredom brought together artists who had only recently started working with ‘new technology’. Many of the works consisted of short, repetitive loops which used small, low resolution, image, sound or text files. The artists were working within the constraints placed on them by computers with extremely slow processing power and virtually no storage space. Yet the outlook at the time was optimistic with, for example, Sadie Plant, author of Zero and Ones: Digital Women and the New Technoculture (also published in 1997) proposing technology as an emancipatory force. On Boredom explored the impact of technology on the creative process, while also considering the critical stakes of an affect or state of mind that is conventionally characterised as unproductive.

Starts: Dec 16, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Bureaucracy in Medieval Scandinavia: Bookishness and Bureaucracy? Icelandic Bishops and the Introduction of New Genres and Literacy Techniques

The IAS is delighted to host the Bureaucracy in Medieval Scandinavia seminar series, funded by the Leverhulme Trust.  The third in the series, 'Bookishness and Bureaucracy? Icelandic Bishops and the Introduction of New Genres
and Literacy Techniques', will be given by Professor Lena Rohrbach (Universitäten Basel und Zürich).

Starts: Jan 16, 2018 6:00:00 PM

IAS Vulnerabilty Seminar: Stupid Shame

The IAS Vulnerability Seminar Series is delighted to welcome Professor Steven Connor from the University of Cambridge for this talk, which will consider the vulnerability of those assigned to a category which most human groups treat with angry revulsion: the stupid. Professor Connor will suggest that stupidity is more tightly than ever twinned with shame in our growing epistemocracy. But if the power to shame is toxically potent, the condition of shame, though the most exquisitely painful form of vulnerability, may also harbour surprising, and dangerous powers of insurgence.

Starts: Jan 17, 2018 5:00:00 PM