Institute of Advanced Studies



IAS Talking Points: Enchantment and iconoclasm in an age of images

Start: Feb 20, 2018 6:00:00 PM
End: Feb 20, 2018 8:00:00 PM

At least since antiquity, the nearly magical, deceptive potential of images has been an issue of serious ethical and epistemological concern. What histories, theories and concepts can we leverage to address the multiple challenges they pose in their present, at times troubling, technological forms? In her talk, IAS Visiting Research Fellow, Dr Anna Marazuela Kim discusses her project on image-worlds, ethics and iconoclasm, drawing together insights from philosophy, technology and histories and anthropologies of the image. Professor Martin Holbraad (Department of Anthropology, UCL) and Dr Hans Christian Hönes (The Warburg Institute) will act as respondents.

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

Start: Feb 21, 2018 1:15:00 PM
End: Feb 21, 2018 2:30:00 PM

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.

Rejecting the Classics

Start: Feb 21, 2018 1:30:00 PM
End: Feb 21, 2018 6:00:00 PM

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.

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

Start: Feb 23, 2018 10:15:00 AM
End: Feb 23, 2018 6:00:00 PM

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.

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

Start: Feb 28, 2018 1:15:00 PM
End: Feb 28, 2018 2:30:00 PM

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.

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

Start: Feb 28, 2018 5:00:00 PM
End: Feb 28, 2018 7:00:00 PM

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.

UCL IAS Lies: Defamation - A Roundtable on Lies and the Law

Start: Feb 28, 2018 6:30:00 PM
End: Feb 28, 2018 8:30:00 PM

As part of this year’s research theme on ‘Lies’, the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies will be hosting a panel discussion on the present and future of defamation law. How can the law best protect rights of speech and of privacy in a digital age? Has the Defamation Act of 2013 allowed for the publication of truths, opinions honestly held, or speech in the public interest? How has a new standard of harm respected the rights of the claimants and defendants in practice?

IAS Talking Points: Intergenerational Generativity - Toward a Feminist Ethics of Life

Start: Mar 1, 2018 6:00:00 PM
End: Mar 1, 2018 8:00:00 PM

The IAS is delighted to welcome Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Professor Mary C. Rawlinson (Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy and Affiliated Faculty, Comparative Literature and Women’s and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University, New York) for this Talking Points Seminar.  The respondents will be Professor Tina Chanter (Head of the School of Humanities, Kingston University) and Dr Alex Hyde (Lecturer in Gender Studies, CMII, UCL).

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.

African Studies Seminar: Film Screening and Q&A - The Diambourou: slavery and emancipation in Kayes - Mali

Start: Mar 7, 2018 1:15:00 PM
End: Mar 7, 2018 2:30:00 PM

The UCL African Studies Seminar welcomes Marie Rodet from SOAS for this his special session, which will feature a 23-minute film screening and a discussion with filmmaker Marie Rodet, a Senior Lecturer in the History of Africa at SOAS. Marie Rodet’s expertise is in modern gender and migration history in Francophone West Africa (Mali, Senegal). Her current research is a historical analysis of emancipation strategies in the context of the end of slavery in Africa.

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.

Urban Vulnerabilities: Infrastructure, health and stigma

Start: Mar 15, 2018 9:30:00 AM
End: Mar 15, 2018 7:00:00 PM

This interdisciplinary one-day workshop, co-funded by the Institute of Advanced Studies as part of its Vulnerability research theme and organised by the Development Planning Unit at the Bartlett School of Architecture, will explore the link between infrastructures, in particular those related to sanitation, and urban vulnerability and stigma. It will engage both early-career and established scholars from a range of fields – including Architecture and Planning, Urban Geography, Critical Legal Studies, and Political Science – in a critical dialogue and encourage alternative presentation formats, including artistic and literary interventions.

IAS Talking Points: Looking Beyond the Psychedelic 60s - Mescaline experiments in the early 20th century

Start: Mar 19, 2018 6:00:00 PM
End: Mar 19, 2018 8:00:00 PM

The history of psychedelic research rarely looks at developments prior to World War II, focusing instead on events following the discovery of LSD in 1943. Visual representations of psychedelic experiences are also generally viewed as an innovation of 60s countercultures. In IAS Visiting Research Fellow Dr Jelena Martinovic's talk, she will critically engage these narratives, presenting a remarkable case of mescaline research by neurophysiologist Heinrich Klüver (1897-1967), a German émigré to the United States who experimented with mescaline to study mechanisms of hallucination, personality and intelligence. Professor John Tresch (Mellon Professor in Art History, History of Science and Folk Practice, The Warburg Institute) will act as respondent.

Scripting Reality: A symposium on the production of truth in moving images

Start: Mar 20, 2018 6:00:00 PM
End: Mar 20, 2018 8:00:00 PM

Films, consumed in multiple forms, are a key source for knowing about the world, whether it is always their intention or not. But the criteria that frame films' relationship to reality are far from transparent. Witness convoluted genres such as 'fake found footage', the selling promise 'based on a true story', or the tropes that allow a work to qualify as historically accurate, psychologically plausible, or realistic understood as a synonym for truthful. 

African Studies Seminar: The African Continental Free Trade Area and Economic Integration in Africa – the role of law

Start: Mar 21, 2018 1:15:00 PM
End: Mar 21, 2018 2:30:00 PM

The UCL African Studies Seminar welcomes Iwa Salami from the University of East London for the final seminar of the Spring Term.  Plans to establish an African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTA) was instituted by the African Union in January 2012, to be achieved by December 2017, however this is still underway. These plans are broadly in line with the agenda to achieve an African Economic Community in six stages by 2028, set out in the 1991 Treaty establishing the African Economic Community.

IAS Book Launch: Short Films from a Small Nation - Danish Informational Film 1935-1965

Start: Mar 28, 2018 6:00:00 PM
End: Mar 28, 2018 8:00:00 PM

For three decades, state-sponsored short filmmaking educated Danish citizens, promoted Denmark to the world, and shaped the careers of renowned directors like Carl Th. Dreyer. This book, written by Dr C. Claire Thomson and published by Edinburgh University Press in January 2018, traces how Danish shorts on topics including social welfare, industry, art and architecture were commissioned, funded, produced and reviewed from the inter-war period to the 1960s. Examining the life cycle of a representative selection of films, and discussing their preservation and mediation in the digital age, this book presents a detailed case study of how informational cinema is shaped by, and indeed shapes, its cultural, political and technological contexts.

UCL Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition 2018

Start: Apr 24, 2018 3:00:00 PM
End: Apr 24, 2018 5:30:00 PM

Calling all PhD students in A&H, SHS and SSEES to present their research projects at the 3MT competition – other faculties can find more information here.

Performance, Trauma and Victimhood

Start: Apr 26, 2018 9:00:00 AM
End: Apr 26, 2018 8:00:00 PM

This interdisciplinary conference explores the role of performance and performativity in the mediation of traumatic effects. With a view to interrogating traditional conceptions of traumatic unrepresentability, it invites papers that explore the potential of performance for altering perceptions of space, time and causality, particularly through the materiality of the audience-artwork encounter. In addition, the conference will ask how victim identities are actively constructed, and ways in which enactments of suffering and victimhood might unsettle or incite unsustainable identifications of the reader/viewer. It also invites participants to address how personal histories and traumatic memory are performed in the medical encounter, and in public narratives surrounding medicine and psychiatry.

IAS Lies: Medieval Fiction and Its Contraries

Start: May 18, 2018 4:00:00 PM
End: May 18, 2018 6:00:00 PM

The IAS is delighted to welcome Dr Julie Orlemanski, Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Chicago, who will be giving this seminar as part of the Lies research theme.

IAS Book Launch: The Painter's Touch - Boucher, Chardin, Fragonard by Ewa Lajer-Burcharth

Start: May 18, 2018 6:00:00 PM
End: May 18, 2018 8:00:00 PM

What can be gained from considering a painting not only as an image but also a material object? How does the painter’s own experience of the process of making matter for our understanding of both the painting and its maker? The Painter’s Touch addresses these questions to offer a radical reinterpretation of three paradigmatic French painters of the eighteenth century. 

IAS Book Launch: On the Couch - A Repressed History of the Analytic Couch from Plato to Freud

Start: Jun 22, 2018 6:00:00 PM
End: Jun 22, 2018 8:00:00 PM

The peculiar arrangement of the psychoanalyst’s office for an analytic session seems inexplicable. The analyst sits in a chair out of sight while the patient lies on a couch facing away. It has been this way since Freud, although, as Nathan Kravis points out in On the Couch, this practice is grounded more in the cultural history of reclining posture than in empirical research.