Institute of Advanced Studies



African Studies Seminar: The Chad-Cameroon Pipeline Project - A 15-year retrospective

The UCL African Studies Seminar welcomes Phil Burnham from the UCL Department of Anthropology for the third seminar of the Spring Term.  At the turn of the millennium, the Chad-Cameroon oil pipeline project, proposed by Exxon-Mobil in collaboration with the World Bank, excited much controversy in the world press, with international green NGOs leading an unsuccessful fight to block the project. Oil first flowed through the pipeline in 2003 and continues to do so today, although the project has suffered ups and downs throughout this period.

Starts: Feb 21, 2018 1:15:00 PM

Rejecting the Classics

This half-day workshop, generously supported by UCL’s Institute of Advanced Studies and the A. G. Leventis Foundation, will take place at UCL’s IAS Common Ground on Wednesday 21 February 2018. As part of the Institute’s current ‘Lies’ research theme it aims to explore the way that the privileged status of the ‘classical’ has been challenged as false by later authors and writers.

Starts: Feb 21, 2018 1:30:00 PM

Rethinking Innovation and Industrial Policy for European Periphery and Catching Up Economies

The demise of Washington Consensus and the emergence of new policy philosophies ranging from mission-oriented public policies, new structural economics, productive development policies, neo-Schumpeterian, Schumpeterian industrial policies, and EU Smart specialization have radically changed our thinking on industrial and innovation policy.

Starts: Feb 23, 2018 10:15:00 AM

African Studies Seminar: Boda Boda Rage - Economies of affection in the motorbike taxis of Kenya

The UCL African Studies Seminar welcomes Joyce Nyairo (Independent Researcher, Eldoret; Currently co-director of Templeton World Charity Foundation project)Nikushike namna gani? How should I hold you?  The questions that women ask motorbike taxis operators, are just one of the many ways in which this new mode of transportation in both urban and rural Kenya has become a vehicle for laughter, outrage, (in)dignity and wealth.

Starts: Feb 28, 2018 1:15:00 PM

IAS Vulnerability Seminar: Vulnerability and post-imperial identities - from Brexit to Ancient Rome and back

The narrow majority for the Leave campaign in the 2016 UK referendum on EU membership has a number of explanations, but the impact of the demise of the British empire upon identities within the UK must be among them. In particular, the vulnerability of English identity needs to be examined from a post-colonial perspective if we are to understand some of the long-term dynamics of imperialism, and their consequences for the future of the United Kingdom. In this seminar, a comparative dimension will also be pursued, with analysis of the Roman empire - which inspired many aspects of British imperialism - shedding further light on the politics of identity in colonial and post-colonial contexts.

Starts: Feb 28, 2018 5:00:00 PM