Institute of Advanced Studies



Themes 2017-18

The research themes for 2017-18 are Lies and Vulnerabilty.


Research Centres

Centre for Critical Heritage Studies
Centre for Early Modern Exchanges
Centre for Editing Lives and Letters
Centre for Multidisciplinary & Intercultural Inquiry
Centre for Research into Dynamics of Civilisation
Gender and Feminism Network
Health Humanities Centre
Secularity and Secularism Studies (SSS)
The UCL Centre for Collective Violence, Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Area Studies Re-mapped

If we can no longer conceive of areas as distinct geographical regions, how can the study of area be re-thought? How can areas be mapped in ways that do not just emphasise their internal and external borders, but also their fluidity and contestation, their fringes and margins, their multiplicity and their transversal flows?

In addressing these questions, this initiative draws together a series of related movements across the fields of Area Studies, Modern Languages, Geography, History, the History of Art, Politics and International Relations, Archaeology and Anthropology, and beyond.

African Studies Research Centre
Centre for the Study of South Asia and the Indian Ocean World
China Centre for Health and Humanity
European Institute
Institute of the Americas
Refuge in a Moving World
School of Slavonic and East European Studies

IAS Initiatives

IAS Book Launch Programme
IAS Talking Points
IAS Residential Seminar

Past Research Themes


Planetary Futures
Sense and Sensation


Conflict, Confrontation and Justice
Health and Humanities
Identity and Voices
Materialities and Technologies