Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Area Studies Remapped

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.

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African Studies Research Centre

ASRC serves as a nexus of collegial interaction and education for ongoing projects across the continent. 

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Centre for French and Francophone Research

CFFR provides a showcase for the diversity of French and Francophone studies in a global context across UCL.

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Centre for Modern and Contemporary Britain

CMCB enables students and scholars of modern and contemporary Britain to engage with each other’s work across traditional disciplinary boundaries.

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Centre for Outer Space Studies

COSS was founded in 2019 to promote research and teaching related to the social study of space and our relationship to the cosmos and the planet.

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Centre for the Study of South Asia and the Indian Ocean World

CSSA promotes research & teaching related to the geographical region of South Asia and its intersections with the wider world.

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Centre on US Politics

CUSP is uniquely situated to provide rigorous, thoughtful, and incisive analysis of crucial political developments in the United States and their implications for a global audience.

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China Centre for Health and Humanity

CCHH supports interdisciplinary research and education in all these aspects of China's health, and China's impact on world health, past, present and future.

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European Institute

The European Institute is UCL's hub for research, collaboration and information on Europe and the European Union.

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Institute of the Americas

UCL Institute of the Americas is a leading multidisciplinary specialist institution for the study of Latin America, the United States, the Caribbean and Canada. 

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Middle East Research Centre

MERC provides a focal point for in-depth research and teaching related to the Middle East and North Africa, and its intersection with the wider world, from antiquity to the present. 

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Refuge in a Moving World

RiMW brings together experts on displacement, refugees and conflict from across UCL, to help us better understand the history, causes, experiences, representations and implications of these shifts in politics, people and perceptions.

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School of Slavonic and East European Studies

SSEES is the world's leading institution for research and teaching on Russia, the Baltics, and Central, Eastern and South-East Europe.