Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Quo Vadis? Arts and Humanities Research in the 21st Century

19 July 2021–23 July 2021, 10:00 am–5:30 pm

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Sponsored by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, UCL

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Stephen M. Hart

Please book a ticket above. Instructions to join will be sent one day before the event.

Please find the programme of the week and joining links here.

This valued-added, student-led Festival celebrating the Arts and Humanities in the modern world focusses on three interlocking themes:

  • (i) Current research trends in the Arts and Humanities
  • (ii) Preparing for a career in the Arts
  • (iii) Research Impact and dissemination

It includes a job surgery, ‘Getting a Job in the Arts in 2021’, full of great tips on how to get on in the world of the arts from experts in the media, the creative and cultural industries, education, the film industry, and the fashion and music industry, and a roundtable on future trends in the Arts and Humanities that looks at current and future research trends in the humanities along with new theoretical and applied approaches to the arts. You can attend three plenary presentations by experts in the arts – Professor Efraín Kristal, the world-renowned Latin Americanist and Comparativist from UCLA, the UK’s leading expert on documentary film, Professor Stella Bruzzi, the UK’s leading expert on Jane Austen, Professor John Mullan, and Ken Loach, the UK’s top film director – and participate in two interdisciplinary sessions on ‘Decolonizing the Curriculum’ and ‘Health Humanities’ in which we will discuss Fiona Lloyd-Davies’s award-winning documentary, My Amazing Brain: Richard’s War, a networking group and a workshop on how to get a research grant, as well as hearing about new trends in research in the arts and humanities in panels which leave ample time for discussion and debate, and viewing the 3-minute films about their research projects made by UCL PGR/PGT students. With special invited delegations from the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cambridge, Westminster, Costa Rica, Chile, Peru, Brazil and UCLA, this conference provides an international panorama of cutting-edge research across the globe in the Arts and Humanities. All welcome!

For more information on this festival, contact Stephen M. Hart at Stephen.malcolm.hart@ucl.ac.uk

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