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UCL IAS Annual Review 2017

The Institute of Advanced Studies has produced its second Annual Review, celebrating the achievements of 2017.  Find out more about what we do, who we are, our activities and ethos by downloading it here.

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IAS Welcomes Professor Dipesh Chakrabarty as Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow

The IAS is thrilled to announce that its second Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow will be Professor Dipesh Chakrabarty, who will be joining us for the month of March 2018.  During his visit, Professor Chakrabarty will be giving a Public Lecture on 6 March entitled 'Planetary Crises and the Difficulty of Being Modern' and two seminars on 'Humanities in the Age of Humans' in the following weeks.  Please keep an eye on the IAS Events page for further details.

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Major AHRC Grant Awarded for Research into Perpetration and Complicity under Nazism

We are delighted to announce an AHRC award of £940k to Professor Mary Fulbrook, Dean of Social & Historical Sciences (SHS), Professor Stephanie Bird, Director of the School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS) and Dr Stefanie Rauch (IAS) for a major research project which will be housed in the IAS, 'Compromised Identities? Reflections on perpetration and complicity under Nazism'.

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Institute of Advanced Studies Collaboration with Mishcon Academy

The Institute of Advanced Studies has today announced a collaboration with the Mishcon Academy at Mishcon de Reya to deliver thought leadership events as part of the IAS's 'Lies' Programme. This is the first partnership of its kind for both Mishcon de Reya and the IAS. The partnership will establish a programme of events for the IAS 2017-18 research theme of ‘Lies’ and will specifically focus on the following issues:

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New IAS Deputy Directors

The IAS is delighted to announce the appointment of two Deputy Directors, one for each of the Joint Faculties.  Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen will represent the Faculty of Arts & Humanities and Professor Megan Vaughan the Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences.  They will be spreading the word about the IAS and its activities in their respective faculties as well as taking on responsibilities for public-facing events, amongst other duties.

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IAS Announces Collaboration with CSCA

The Institute of Advanced Studies is delighted to announce a year-long collaboration with History of Art’s Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art (CSCA). We hope that this will bring researchers across UCL with an interest in aesthetics, politics and the contemporary into conversation with one another. The CSCA has decided to focus its activities around a particular annual research theme developed in collaboration with a different research centre or department at UCL each year. The idea behind these temporary collaborations is to encourage greater interdisciplinarity and to forge dialogue across the University. 

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IAS Announces First PKU Visiting Research Fellows

The Institute of Advanced Studies is delighted to announce that the first cohort of Peking University/UCL IAS Visiting Research Fellows will arrive at UCL in the Autumn Term.  Over the next year, we will welcome Professor Jianli Chen (School of Archaeology and Museology), Dr Yan Jia (School of Arts), Dr Ling Qin (School of Archaeology and Museology) and Professor Yidan Wang (Persian Section, School of Foreign Languages) from PKU.  They will be working with colleagues at the Institute of Archaeology and the Department of History on shared projects, and developing relationships which already exist between the two institutions as well as creating new ones.

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Call for Event Proposals

The IAS welcomes proposals for idea/research-driven public events, panels or conferences to be hosted ideally in the Common Ground in South Wing.  The event must be led by a UCL academic but may include partners from other institutions, and should aim to attract people from a range of departments and disciplines.  We particularly welcome proposals related to our research themes for 2017/18, Lies and Vulnerability, although all ideas will be considered.  Should your proposal be related to Lies or Vulnerability, please mark this clearly in your application.  More about the research themes can be found here.

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Centre for Critical Heritage Studies Small Grants Scheme

The Centre for Critical Heritage Studies (CCHS) invites applications from UCL academic staff or doctoral/postdoctoral students to its Small Grants Scheme, which funds projects that lead to or support collaborative research on critical heritage studies. Funding of up to £2000 per application is available per project. In very exceptional circumstances we may consider applications up to £4000. There is no minimum limit for awards.

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Planetary Poetics Workshop

The Institute of Advanced Studies is pleased to announce a 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.

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IAS Research Themes 2017-18


The Institute of Advanced Studies is pleased to be able to announce its research themes for 2017-2018: Lies and Vulnerability.  These themes have emerged after extensive consultation and discussion with colleagues across the joint faculties and are designed to be capacious and suggestive so that various research-led initiatives and events can be accommodated under their aegis.  We hope to appoint TWO Junior Research Fellows for each theme. In addition we aim to fund a selection of innovative research-led discussions, conferences and practices related to these themes.  Calls will be widely advertised and will proceed through open competition. Advertisements for the JRFs will go live in April 2017.  Keep an eye on this website for further information.

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The Orwell Prize Announces the Longlists for the Orwell Prizes 2017

Longlists for the Orwell Prize for Books 2017, Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing, were announced today.  Following a year in which George Orwell’s name has returned to the heart of political discourse, the Orwell Prize judges choose the most compelling political writing of 2016, including books on the impact of the Hillsborough disaster and FGM in Britain longlisted alongside Hisham Matar’s The Return and New York Times CEO Mark Thompson’s Enough Said.

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IAS Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow: Professor Rosi Braidotti

The Institute of Advanced Studies is delighted to announce that its first Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow will be Professor Rosi Braidotti, who will join us during the Autumn Term 2017/18 for a programme of events, workshops and public lectures.

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UCL IAS Annual Review 2016

The Institute of Advanced Studies has produced its first Annual Review, celebrating its first full calendar year in existence, 2016.  Find out more about what we do, who we are, our activities and ethos by downloading it here.

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George Orwell's Last Christmas Card

The writer George Orwell received a homemade Christmas card from his five-year-old son weeks before his death in 1950. Orwell’s son has shared his memories of the card, held in UCL Special Collections.  Watch the video here and find out more about The Orwell Prize, housed at the Institute of Advanced Studies, here.

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IAS Welcomes The Orwell Prize

The Institute of Advanced Studies is delighted to welcome The Orwell Prize to UCL, which is also home to the Orwell Archive, the most comprehensive body of research material relating George Orwell anywhere, and a centre for Orwell scholarship. The Orwell Prize's new base at the IAS fits perfectly with the IAS's commitment to critical thinking across conventional boundaries.

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