Institute of Advanced Studies



#MeToo: A Panel Discussion on Vulnerability and Visibility

Start: Nov 21, 2017 6:00:00 PM
End: Nov 21, 2017 8:00:00 PM

The impact of the online #MeToo campaign and the ongoing fallout following the exposure of Harvey Weinstein continues to be felt across politics, the arts, and media. Against this backdrop and as part of the IAS ‘vulnerability’ research theme, this panel will discuss the complex relationship between vulnerability and visibility. Panelists will touch on the ways in which visibility can be empowering – exposing the reality of sexual violence, or giving a voice and platform to disadvantaged groups – but also how visibility can sometimes leave women and others vulnerable to various forms of harassment or abuse.

African Studies Interdisciplinary Seminar: Sustaining one another - enset, animals, and people in the southern highlands of Ethiopia

Start: Nov 22, 2017 1:00:00 PM
End: Nov 22, 2017 2:30:00 PM

Wolde Tadesse and Elizabeth Ewart from the University of Oxford give the penultimate African Studies Interdisciplinary Seminar of the Autumn Term.  Enset (ensete ventricosum; Abyssinian banana), uniquely domesticated in Ethiopia, sustains upwards of 20 million people in southern Ethiopia. It also feeds a sizeable animal population and is in turn nurtured by both animals and people.

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. 

Lies Seminar Series: Evidential Images

Start: Nov 29, 2017 5:00:00 PM
End: Nov 29, 2017 7:00:00 PM

As part of the 2017-18 research theme on Lies, the IAS will host a panel discussion exploring what, exactly, photography and film can prove about 'what actually happened'. What truths could the camera capture?

IAS Talking Points: Order/Disorder - The artist-researcher as connector-disrupter-running messenger?

Start: Dec 5, 2017 6:00:00 PM
End: Dec 5, 2017 8:00:00 PM

The IAS is delighted to welcome Dr Kai Syng Tan, IAS Visiting Research Fellow and Artist In Residence & Visiting Researcher at the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, King’s College London, for this Talking Points Seminar entitled 'Order/Disorder: The artist-researcher as connector-disrupter-running messenger?'  Dr Mohammed Aboulleil Rashed (Wellcome ISSF Fellow, Birkbeck College, University of London) will act as respondent.

UCL CREDOC Lecture: Muslim Responses to Westernization - Retreat from the secular path

Start: Dec 7, 2017 6:00:00 PM
End: Dec 7, 2017 8:00:00 PM

In contrast to the past when modernity or becoming modern was equated solely with a Western secular paradigm, we live in a more cosmopolitan world today of “multiple modernities” that go far beyond the standard, homogenous western secular paradigm for modernization. The conventional wisdom in the late 20th century, which assumed the centrality of secularism, separation of church and state, and viewed religion as a private affair, has been challenged in much of the Muslim world.

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

Start: Dec 16, 2017 11:00:00 AM
End: Dec 16, 2017 6:00:00 PM

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.

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

Start: Jan 16, 2018 6:00:00 PM
End: Jan 16, 2018 7:00:00 PM

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).

Psychoanalysis in the Age of Post Truth: Panel Discussion

Start: Jan 24, 2018 6:00:00 PM
End: Jan 24, 2018 8:00:00 PM

As part of this year’s research theme on ‘Lies’, the IAS is pleased to welcome an interdisciplinary panel discussion about the role of psychoanalysis in the age of post-truth.

Vulnerability, Viability and the Life of AIDS: Elisabeth Lebovici in conversation with Oliver Davis

Start: Jan 29, 2018 6:00:00 PM
End: Jan 29, 2018 8:00:00 PM

The IAS is pleased to announce a conversation with Elisabeth Lebovici to discuss her new book Ce que le sida m'a fait: art et activisme à la fin du XXe siècle (‘What AIDS has done to me. Art and Activism at the End of the 20th Century’, Zurich: JRP Ringier, 2017). Restoring the voices of friends in the fight against AIDS; articulating the "I" and the "we" of then and now; examining facts and affects little known to the French and European public; analyzing the epidemic of representation which followed the emergence of AIDS: such is the agenda of this book, conceived by Elisabeth Lebovici as a "discourse on method" in which the personal is always political, and public and private spheres are closely intertwined. Engaged alongside French and American AIDS activists, Elisabeth Lebovici was a privileged observer, as an art historian and journalist, of the debates of the 1980s and 1990s. In this book, Lebovici analyzes the relationships between art and activism at this pivotal moment, which she revisits from her memory as witness and survivor.

Bureaucracy in Medieval Scandinavia: Political rule-breakers and cultural brokers - Norway as a bureaucratic bully-state in Europe in the late thirteenth century

Start: Feb 6, 2018 6:00:00 PM
End: Feb 6, 2018 7:00:00 PM

The IAS is delighted to host the Bureaucracy in Medieval Scandinavia seminar series, funded by the Leverhulme Trust.  The fifth in the series, 'Political rule-breakers and cultural brokers: Norway as a bureaucratic bully-state in Europe in the late thirteenth century' will given by Professor Bjørn Bandlien (Høgskolen i Sørøst-Norge).

IAS Book Launch: The East India Company at Home, 1757-1857

Start: Feb 26, 2018 6:00:00 PM
End: Feb 26, 2018 8:00:00 PM

The East India Company at Home, 1757–1857, edited by Margot Finn and Kate Smith, explores how empire in Asia shaped British country houses, their interiors and the lives of their residents. It includes chapters from researchers based in a wide range of settings such as archives and libraries, museums, heritage organisations, the community of family historians and universities. It moves beyond conventional academic narratives and makes an important contribution to ongoing debates around how empire impacted Britain.

Bureaucracy in Medieval Scandinavia

Start: Mar 6, 2018 6:00:00 PM
End: Mar 6, 2018 7:00:00 PM

The IAS is delighted to host the Bureaucracy in Medieval Scandinavia seminar series, funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

Centre for Early Modern Exchanges Seminar: Black Tudors - Three Untold Stories by Miranda Kaufmann

Start: Mar 14, 2018 5:00:00 PM
End: Mar 14, 2018 7:00:00 PM

The IAS is pleased to share details of this Early Modern Exchanges seminar.  Dr Miranda Kaufmann tells the intriguing tales of three Africans: a diver employed by Henry VIII to recover guns from the wreck of the Mary Rose, a Moroccan woman baptised in Elizabethan London and a porter who whipped a fellow servant at their master’s Gloucestershire manor house.