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Dealing with Difficult Research - Call for Papers

We are pleased to share this call for papers for a one-day interdisciplinary workshop organised by Dr Stefanie Rauch ( Research Associate, Centre for Collective Violence, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, IAS) on conducting research on sensitive, controversial, challenging and emotionally difficult topics. This conference will take place at University of Warwick on Friday 13 July 2018. Deadline is Wednesday 20 June.

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IAS-German Historical Institute London Joint Junior Research Fellowship 2018-19

The Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London, and the German Historical Institute London intend to appoint a joint Stipendiary Junior Research Fellow, tenable for a period of six months from 1 October 2018. The purpose of the Junior Research Fellowship is to offer an outstanding early career scholar from a German university the opportunity to pursue independent research in the stimulating intellectual environment of the two host institutions.

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Call for Event Proposals - Autumn 2018

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.

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PKU-UCL IAS Visiting Research Fellows Scheme Open

The Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (IHSS) at Peking University is delighted to announce that applications are now open for the inaugural year of its Visiting Research Fellowship scheme organised with the Institute of Advanced Studies for UCL academics to visit Beijing during the year 2018-19.

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IAS Junior Research Fellowships 2018-19

The Institute of Advanced Studies is seeking to appoint four Junior Research Fellows (JRFs) on appointments of 24 months each.  Candidates should have recently completed (within five years) a PhD in one of the subject areas of either the Faculty of Arts & Humanities or the Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences, and should be able to contribute to one of the following research themes: Laughter or Turbulence.  More information about the themes can be found here and further information, a job description and the opportunity to apply can be found here.  The deadline for applications is 8 April 2018.

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IAS JRF Shortlisted for Prestigious Prize

We are delighted to announce that IAS Junior Research Fellow Dr Peter Leary's book, Unapproved Routes: Histories of the Irish Border, 1922-1972, has been shortlisted for the 25th Christopher Ewart-Biggs Literary Prize, the objectives of which are to promote and encourage peace and reconciliation in Ireland, a greater understanding between the peoples of Britain and Ireland, or closer co-operation between the partners of the European Community.  The winner of the prize will be announced on 11 April 2018.  Read The Irish Times' review of the book here.

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IAS Research Themes 2018-19

The Institute of Advanced Studies is pleased to be able to announce its research themes for 2018-2019: Laughter and Turbulence.  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 two years 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 March 2018.  Keep an eye on this website for further information.

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Area Studies in Flux Conference - Call for Papers (Extended - April 27)

We are pleased to share this call for papers for an interdisciplinary conference called 'Area Studies in Flux' to be held at UCL from 27 to 28 September 2018.  The conference is convened by the IAS and SSEES in collaboration with PKU, Beijing, and is designed to go beyond Euro/US-centrism to explore ‘area’ from diverse vantage points and emplaced disciplinary traditions.  The deadline for submission of proposals is 27 April 2018.  Download the call for papers here.

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Hermes Summer School Call for Papers: Vulnerability

We are delighted to share this Call for Papers for the Hermes Summer School, the topic for which this year is the IAS's research theme for 2017-18, Vulnerability.  The School will take place at the Italian Institute of Germanic Studies  from 18 to 22 June and more details about it can be found on the Comparative Literature webpages.  The deadline for the call is 5 March and the call can be downloaded here.

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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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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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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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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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