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Institute of Commonwealth Studies

The Institute of Commonwealth Studies is devoted to the study of the British Commonwealth, both historically and in its changed and changing forms. The Institute is a member of the University of London School of Advanced Study. Regular seminar series include Commonwealth History, Development as History and Australian Studies.

For further information, see the Institute’s website: www.sas.ac.uk/commonwealthstudies/index.htm

Institute of Classical Studies

The Institute of Classical Studies is a national and international research Institute in the languages, literature, history, art, archaeology and phyilosophy of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. It is a member of the School of Advanced Study which combines the advantages of a graduate school with those of a centre for postdoctoral research and scholarship in many aspects of the Humanities.

The Institute, in association with the Hellenic and Roman Societies, provides an internationally renowned research library available to scholars from universities throughout the world. The Institute plays a leading role in the training of graduate students and is the social and academic centre for postgraduates both from the University of London and from other universities. It is in addition the meeting place of the main Classics organisations in the United Kingdom.

For further information, see the Institute’s website: www.sas.ac.uk/icls

Institute of English Studies

The Institute exists to facilitate advanced study and research in English Studies within the University of London and in the wider academic community, national and international. It promotes these objects by providing for academic discussion and the exchange of knowledge and ideas through the provision of seminars, conferences, publications and visiting fellowships, through the development of research programmes, and the provision of programmes of study at postgraduate level.

For full details on the Institute of English Studies, its major research projects, its full range of about 18 period-and genre-based Research Seminars, its Conference Programme, postgraduate courses (including the MAs in the History of the Book, and in National and International Literatures in English [NILE]), its Centre for Manuscript and Print Studies and its National Research Training Scheme in English Language and Literature, Palaeography and the History of the Book, see www.sas.ac.uk/ies and follow the links.

Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies

The Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, established in 2004 following the merger of the Institute of Germanic Studies (founded 1950) with the Institute of Romance Studies (founded 1989), is a member of the School of Advanced Study. Its aim is the promotion and facilitation of the study of the cultures of German-speaking and Romance-language countries across a range of disciplines in the humanities.

Through seminars, conferences, colloquia, lectures and a Fellowship programme the Institute fosters and contributes to the development of national and international collaborative, cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural research in German and Romance language cultures. The Germanic Studies Library, the largest collection of books and periodicals in the field of language and literature to be found outside the German-speaking countries, is currently housed at 29 Russell Square, London WC1. There is a vigorous publications programme for the dissemination of research, including in-house journals, regular series and monographs. The Institute runs a well-established interdisciplinary MA in Cultural Memory, and a new MRes/MA in Modern Languages (French, German, Hispanic and Italian streams). It welcomes research students in the many fields covered by its full-time staff. Research training, for research students throughout the UK, is available in two forms: an extensive and long-standing and highly-regarded programme of Saturday workshops; and the PORT website, an online research training resource http://www2.sas.ac.uk/igrs/port.

For further information, contact the Institute on +44 (0) 20 7862 8677; igrs@sas.ac.uk, or see its website: http://igrs.sas.ac.uk/.

Institute for the Study of the Americas

The Institute for the Study of the Americas was officially established in August 2004 as a result of a merger between the Institute of Latin American Studies and the Institute of United States Studies, both of which were established in 1965.

The purpose of the new Institute is to promote, coordinate and provide a focus for research and postgraduate teaching on the Americas – Canada, the US, Latin America and the Caribbean – in the University of London. It will build on the strengths of its predecessors and play a national and international role as a coordinating and information centre for all sections of the hemisphere at the postgraduate level in the universities of the United Kingdom.

The Institute contributes to the emerging University of London Research Library Service, which aims to consolidate its collections covering the Americas into a single location. The Institute regularly produces publications on historical themes.

As well as serving and strengthening national networks of North Americanist, Latin Americanist and Caribbeanist scholars, the Institute will actively maintain ties and build new ones with important academic, cultural, diplomatic and business organisations with interests in the region.

Regular research activities include events on nineteenth-century Latin American history, United States history and political, social and economic history of the hemisphere as a whole, often from a comparative perspective.

For further information, see the Institute’s website: www.americas.sas.ac.uk

Warburg Institute

The Warburg Institute of the University of London exists principally to further the study of the classical tradition, that is of those elements of European thought, literature, art and institutions which derive from the ancient world. It houses an archive, a library and a collection of photographs begun and organized by Aby Warburg, the historian of Renaissance art and civilization.

The classical tradition is conceived as the theme which unifies the history of Western civilization. The bias is not towards ‘classical’ values in art and literature: students and scholars will find represented all the strands that link medieval and modern civilization with its origins in the ancient cultures of the Near East and the Mediterranean. It is this element of continuity that is stressed in the arrangement of the Library: the tenacity of symbols and images in European art and architecture, the persistence of motifs and forms in Western languages and literatures, the gradual transition, in Western thought, from magical beliefs to religion, science and philosophy, and the survival and transformation of ancient patterns in social customs and political institutions.

The full-time members of the Institute’s academic staff are engaged in maintaining and developing its Archive, Library and Photographic Collection, in teaching and in the supervision and facilitation of research, and in the preparation of material for publication, in addition to their own research. The Institute’s activities also include public lectures, seminars and colloquia, the publication of a Journal (jointly with the Courtauld Institute of Art), of monographs (Studies of the Warburg Institute and Oxford-Warburg Studies), of Warburg Institute Surveys and Texts, Warburg Studies and Texts, Warburg Institute Colloquia and of occasional publications.

Frances A. Yates long-term (up to 3 years) and short-term (2-4 months) Research Fellowships, Brian Hewson Crawford, Henri Frankfort, and Albin Salton, Grete Sondheimer and Sophia short-term Fellowships are open to competition among those who have completed at least one year’s research on their doctoral dissertation by the time they apply. Candidates must normally have been awarded their doctorate within the last five years.

Three-month Mellon Research Fellowships for scholars from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia are also available. Information on the number and duration of Fellowships to be awarded for any given year is available in early October of the year before the academic year of tenure. The Annual Report of the Institute is available on the Institute’s website or on request.

The Institute is a member of the University of London School of Advanced Study. It is open to:

  • Members of senior standing of the University of London and of other universities and learned institutions.
  • Postgraduate students of the University of London and of other universities, on the recommendation of the teacher under whom they are working.
  • Others at the discretion of the Director.

For further information, see the Institute’s website: http://warburg.sas.ac.uk

Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine

The Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine offers a variety of courses and facilities. The Library is open from 9.30 a.m. to 5.15 pm on Mondays and Fridays, from 9.30 a.m. to 7.15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10.00 a.m. to 5.15 p.m. on Wednesdays, and from 9.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. on Saturdays. For information contact Mr. Adam Wilkinson. The Centre runs an extensive programme of public lectures and seminars throughout the academic year. For further information contact Ms Sally Bragg (s.bragg@ucl.ac.uk).

For further information, see the Centre’s Website: www.ucl.ac.uk/histmed

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