Press releases

Being Human 2017 expands into a global ‘Lost and Found' 

Monday 26 June 2017
School of Advanced Study
Free historical re-enactments and walks, workshops, tastings, performance and talks   Being Human (17–25 November), the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, has gone global. It has expanded its reach in 2017 to include new events in Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, the University of Melbourne and the University of London Institute in Paris. 

Reformation London – A European Divorce

Thursday 8 June 2017
Senate House Library
Senate House Library marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with ‘Reformation: Shattered World, New Beginnings’

Caught in the web: historians and the ‘born digital’

Monday 8 May 2017
School of Advanced Study
The excitement of instant information from the internet for archivists and historians has been tempered by concerns about the shelf life of data — the so-called ‘black hole’ of lost material — and the rise of a new generation of ‘born digital’ government archives. For five days (12–16 June), academics, researchers, archivists, curators and IT developers from across the world will converge on London to address these issues at a Web Archiving Week event hosted by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, and the British Library.

Wake up and hear the coffee? TA(s)TE at Tate

Tuesday 25 April 2017
Institute of Philosophy
Ever wondered why you like a certain painting or brand of coffee? Can our senses of taste and smell help define who we are? At a two-day event (27–28 April) at London’s Tate Exchange, come and experience for yourself some of the unexpected strategies our brain uses to make and share matters of taste, from the most sensory ones to our appreciation of art

How Proust lost the ‘plot’ and nudged literature into the future

Thursday 30 March 2017
School of Advanced Study
There was a time in literature when authors lost the plot. This was signalled by Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time , one of the most important novels to shift literature’s emphasis away from plot to a more subjective exploration of perspective and emotional responses.

Cry freedom: long road to open journalism in the Commonwealth

Monday 13 March 2017
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Image:  © Shutterstock Hostility to press freedom and journalistic independence is growing across the Commonwealth and journalists face increasing obstruction and even physical danger. So how is this 52-nation group responding to these new threats which challenge democracy and human rights as much as freedom of speech?

ILAS unveils Latin America master’s that fills an historic gap

Monday 13 March 2017
Institute of Latin American Studies
  Graduate students considering research-based careers specialising in Latin America are being offered the opportunity to take part in a new master’s programme at the Institute of Latin American Studies ( ILAS ). A member institute of the School of Advanced Study at the University of London, ILAS is providing a qualification for Latin America research that reaches parts of the subject that others don’t.

New report on secret sources: protecting journalistic sources and whistleblowers in a digital age

Thursday 23 February 2017
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Whistleblowers are under attack by those they report on and confidential sources are increasingly compromised by state surveillance. A new report launched today – ‘ Protecting sources and whistleblowers in a digital age ’  aims to address these issues and makes ten recommendations for policymakers, lawmakers, news organisations, researchers and NGOs on how to protect the people who provide journalists with valuable information.

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