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Planetary Poetics Workshop

Start: Sep 21, 2017 6:00:00 PM
End: Sep 23, 2017 8:00:00 PM

We are pleased to share an invitation to this workshop on the theme of ‘Planetary Poetics’. To be held from 21-23 September 2017 in collaboration with the Sydney Environment Institute, University of Sydney. This three-day event will investigate the paradigm of the planetary, understood variously in terms of aesthetics, affectivity, geophysical systems, political community, materiality, and technology. Over the course of the three days we will be hosting several panels, talks, screenings and an exciting programme of public events.

Planetary Poetics Workshop: Village versus Empire (2016) Premier and Panel Discussion

Start: Sep 23, 2017 6:00:00 PM
End: Sep 23, 2017 8:00:00 PM

As part of our Planetary Poetics Workshop we will be screening Mark Kaplan’s latest documentary Village versus Empire (2016). This screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Dr Jaeho Kang (Senior Lecturer in Critical Media and Cultural Studies, Department of History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts, SOAS), Dr Jacqueline Maingard (University of Bristol) and Dr Michael Stewart (Founding Director Open City Documentary Festival and Professor of Social Anthropology, UCL). 

Rosi Braidotti Workshop Series: Cosmos

Start: Sep 27, 2017 4:00:00 PM
End: Sep 27, 2017 6:00:00 PM

We are pleased to announce our workshop series with Professor Rosi Braidotti, IAS Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow 2017, on the themes of COSMOS – AFFECT – POLIS. The series will consist of four sessions. Three will be small discussion /reading groups and the final session will take a public format and be open to all. The dates for the series are as follows - 

#certainpain Twitter Chats

Start: Sep 28, 2017 12:00:00 PM
End: Sep 28, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Hosted by a UK-based academic working on medieval and modern chronic pain, these Chats are a space for all those affected by chronic pain to share their experiences.  Each month's Chat will focus on a topic related to chronic living, based on the host's research findings.

‘Why is my pain perpetual?’ (Jer 15:18): Chronic Pain in the Middle Ages

Start: Sep 29, 2017 9:00:00 AM
End: Sep 29, 2017 7:00:00 PM

Pain is a universal human experience. We have all hurt at some point, felt that inescapable sensory challenge to our physical equanimity, our health and well-being compromised. Typically, our agonies are fleeting. For some, however, suffering becomes an artefact of everyday living: our pain becomes ‘chronic’. Chronic pain is persistent, usually lasting for three months or more, does not respond well to analgesia, and does not improve after the usual healing period of any injury.

The 1st Conference of Korean PhD Students and Researchers in the UK

Start: Sep 30, 2017 9:30:00 AM
End: Sep 30, 2017 8:00:00 PM

The search for truth can be intensified when people with the same goal gather together and exchange ideas. The Association of Korean PhD Students and Researchers in the UK (KRUK) holds its first conference in order to offer Korean PhD students and researchers an opportunity to share and discuss their research in their native language.

IAS Talking Points: Towards an Anthropology of Space - Orientating cosmological futures

Start: Oct 2, 2017 6:00:00 PM
End: Oct 2, 2017 8:00:00 PM

Anthropologically speaking, a focus on Outer Space raises many interesting questions, brought about by the epochal ‘move to space’ (Olivier, 2015) which has been articulated by various commentators as a crucial historical turn for all humankind. In this talk, Institute of Advanced Studies Junior Research Fellow, Dr David Jeevendrampillai will talk about how images of Earth from Space has produced ‘globe talk’ (Lazier, 2011: 606), where horizons of social worlds are now planetary in scale. Universalising rhetoric nonetheless also hides the hegemony of normative frames of reference used to define humanity’s ‘final frontier’, along with the concept of ‘humanity’ itself. Tracing the history of earth imagery, Jeevendrampillai will ask as to the consequences of such earth imaginaries for emergent forms of cosmopolitan citizenship. Whilst such ruminations have occurred in philosophy and other social sciences, Jeevendrampillai will end the talk by talking about how such articulations of human beings’ cosmological relation to Outer Space is implicated at particular sites of space science in relation to other ways of being human.

CSCA Annual Lecture 2017: Parafiction, Post-Truth, and the Contemporary Art of Knowing by Carrie Lambert-Beatty

Start: Oct 4, 2017 6:00:00 PM
End: Oct 4, 2017 8:00:00 PM

This year the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art (CSCA) will be working in conjunction with the Institute of Advanced Studies' two chosen research themes of ‘Lies’ and ‘Vulnerability’, which include related subjects such as precarity, fragility, violence, risk and dependence. The CSCA's annual lecture, presented this year by Professor Carrie Lambert-Beatty (Harvard University), is called 'Parafiction, Post-Truth, and the Contemporary Art of Knowing' and also constitutes the first public event of this collaboration that engages with the theme of ‘Lies’. The lecture will take place on 4 October in the Archaeology Lecture Theatre at 6 pm. All are warmly invited to attend.

IAS Book Launch: Paik’s Virtual Archive: Time Change and Materiality in Media Art

Start: Oct 10, 2017 6:00:00 PM
End: Oct 10, 2017 8:00:00 PM

We are pleased to share an inviation to this IAS Book Launch for Hanna Hölling's (History of Art, UCL) new book Paik’s Virtual Archive: Time Change and Materiality in Media Art. This event will also feature a panel discussion where we will be joined by Briony Fer (History of Art, UCL) and Sarah Cook.

IAS Open House

Start: Oct 11, 2017 5:00:00 PM
End: Oct 11, 2017 7:00:00 PM

The Institute of Advanced Studies is pleased to extend an invitation to the IAS Open House. This is an opportunity for current and new researchers at UCL to gain an insight into the various research forums and centres hosted by the IAS and will provide an opportunity for UCL academics and researchers to become involved with these interdisciplinary and interdepartmental initiatives. There will be time for mingling and socialising as well as hearing about research across the joint faculties.

Self and History: A conversation with Philippe Sands

Start: Oct 12, 2017 6:00:00 PM
End: Oct 12, 2017 8:00:00 PM

Philippe Sands’ award winning book, East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity, was published in 2016. It offers a unique interweaving of personal memoire, forensic history and civil rights advocacy, recounting the life stories of the founders of post war human rights legislation as well as the biographies of the author’s own ancestors. As such, it represents a fascinating combination of life writing, historical narrative and legal discourse, so bringing together genres that are more often seen as distinct and separate.

Victor Mallet in Conversation: River of Life, River of Death - The Ganges and India's Future

Start: Oct 16, 2017 5:30:00 PM
End: Oct 16, 2017 8:00:00 PM

River of Life, River of Death: The Ganges and India's Future by Victor Mallet charts the course of the Ganges, the spiritual and material lifeline of northern India, through the vicissitudes of time, space and the hubris of men. Rich in detail and sparkling with the insight of a trained observer. Masterfully combining fascinating history with acute observation of India today, it is brilliantly effective in its central argument - that the threats facing the Ganges - from pollution, overpopulation, climate change, and often bad policies - are also the severest problems threatening India's progress. Mallet is at times brutally realistic about the prospects for rapid improvement, but passionately concerned that success must eventually be achieved.

Rosi Braidotti Workshop Series: Affect

Start: Oct 18, 2017 4:00:00 PM
End: Oct 18, 2017 6:00:00 PM

We are pleased to announce our workshop series with Professor Rosi Braidotti, IAS Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow 2017, on the themes of COSMOS – AFFECT – POLIS. The series will consist of four sessions. Three will be small discussion /reading groups and the final session will take a public format and be open to all. The dates for the series are as follows - 

Revolutionary Dostoevsky: Rethinking Radicalism

Start: Oct 20, 2017 12:00:00 PM
End: Oct 21, 2017 6:00:00 PM

From Notes from Underground to The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevsky’s work confronts the consequences of the socialist and materialist ideologies that were taking hold in Russia and beyond, and seeks alternatives in forms of spiritual renewal and ethical action that – however reactionary some of his later publicistic writing – are in many ways equally radical. Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the Russian revolutions and celebrating the publication of a new translation of Crime and Punishment edited by Sarah Young, this conference will reassess Dostoevsky’s legendary status as ‘prophet’ of the revolution and its totalitarian aftermath. Bringing together humanities and social science scholars, it aims to build new understandings of the notion of ‘the radical’ in all senses in Dostoevsky’s writing, and foster interdisciplinary approaches to explore what his work has to contribute to a new era of social upheaval and political and religious extremism. 

Beyond Borders: Sexuality and the Cold War

Start: Oct 24, 2017 6:00:00 PM
End: Oct 24, 2017 8:00:00 PM

This panel event considers the globalisation of LGBT identities and politics in Central and Eastern Europe during the twilight years of the Cold War and marks the launch of Transnational Homosexuals in Communist Poland: Cross-Border Flows in Gay and Lesbian Magazines: a new book by Dr Lukasz Szulc, Marie Curie Research Fellow at LSE.

IAS Book Launch: Sri Lanka at the Crossroads of History

Start: Oct 30, 2017 6:00:00 PM
End: Oct 30, 2017 8:00:00 PM

Please join us for the launch of this UCL Press book edited by Zoltán Biedermann (UCL) and Alan Strathern (Oxford).  The peoples of Sri Lanka have participated in far-flung trading networks, religious formations, and Asian and European empires for millennia. This interdisciplinary volume sets out to draw Sri Lanka into the field of Asian and Global History by showing how the latest wave of scholarship has explored the island as a ‘crossroads’, a place defined by its openness to movement across the Indian Ocean. Experts in the history, archaeology, literature and art of the island from c.500 BCE to c.1850 CE use Lankan material to explore the history and historiography of Sri Lanka, the Indian Ocean region, kingship, colonialism, imperialism, and early modernity.

IAS Book Launch: 'Landscape between Ideology and the Aesthetic: Marxist Essays on British Art and Art Theory, 1750-1850' by Professor Andrew Hemingway

Start: Nov 8, 2017 6:00:00 PM
End: Nov 8, 2017 8:00:00 PM

We are pleased to welcome Professor Andrew Hemingway (Emeritus Professor, History of Art Department, UCL) for the launch of his new book 'Landscape between Ideology and the Aesthetic: Marxist Essays on British Art and Art Theory, 1750-1850'. We will also be joined by a panel of academics including Professor Caroline Arscott (Professor of 19th Century British Art, The Courtauld Institute of Art), Professor Matthew Beaumont (Department of English, UCL), Professor Steve Edwards (Professor of History & Theory of Photography, Department of Art, Birkbeck, University of London), Professor Michael Rosenthal (University of Warwick) and Professor Adrian Rifkin (Emeritus Professor, Goldsmiths College, University of London), Chair.

Rosi Braidotti Workshop Series: Polis

Start: Nov 15, 2017 4:00:00 PM
End: Nov 15, 2017 6:00:00 PM

We are pleased to announce our workshop series with Professor Rosi Braidotti, IAS Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow 2017, on the themes of COSMOS – AFFECT – POLIS. The series will consist of four sessions. Three will be small discussion /reading groups and the final session will take a public format and be open to all. The dates for the series are as follows - 

Octagon Friday Forum: Narcissism

Start: Nov 17, 2017 10:00:00 AM
End: Nov 17, 2017 7:00:00 PM

This interdisciplinary conference will bring together academics and students from across UCL to explore the topic of narcissism. The myth of Narcissus has intrigued and provoked philosophical discussion since antiquity. Recently, narcissism has become a catchphrase in socio-political discourse, in relation to social media, 'selfies' and the so-called 'millennials'. It may be beneficial to locate this current interest in narcissism within a broader historical framework, and incorporate perspectives from various disciplines, in order to develop a more nuanced understanding of this multifaceted issue.

Rosi Braidotti Workshop Series: Summative Panel

Start: Nov 17, 2017 6:00:00 PM
End: Nov 17, 2017 8:00:00 PM

We pleased to share an invitation to this summative panel with Professor Rosi Braidotti, IAS Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow 2017, which coincides with our workshop series on the themes of COSMOS – AFFECT – POLIS. The series will consist of four sessions. Three will be small discussion /reading groups and the final session will take a public format and be open to all. The dates for the series are as follows - 

CCHS Lecture with V&A Director Tristram Hunt

Start: Nov 28, 2017 6:30:00 PM
End: Nov 28, 2017 8:30:00 PM

The UCL Centre for Critical Heritage Studies will welcome Dr Tristram Hunt, Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum, who will speak as part of a new lecture series for 2017-18.