Welcome to the Institute of Commonwealth Studies

The Institute of Commonwealth Studies is the only postgraduate academic institution in the United Kingdom devoted to the study of the Commonwealth. 
It is also home to the longest-running interdisciplinary and practice-oriented human rights MA programme in the UK.

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Commonwealth Oral History Project

The aim of this project is to produce a unique digital research resource on the oral history of the Commonwealth since 1965. It will conduct 60 major interviews with leading figures in the recent history of the organisation, which will be available in digitised form on a dedicated website hosted by the School of Advanced Study. The project seeks to produce a Commonwealth equivalent of the British Diplomatic Oral History Programme based at Churchill College, Cambridge. It will provide an essential research tool for anyone investigating the history of the Commonwealth and will serve to promote interest in and understanding of the organisation. Contact Dr Sue Onslow for further information.

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  • Private View of the exhibition Ablade Glover - 80th Anniversary
    02/07/2014 - 02/08/2014 6.00pm - 8.30pm
  • London Goes SA
    01/08/2014 - 02/08/2014
  • Slavery and abolition, a visual reflection
    28/08/2014 18.15 - 19.15
  • Cultural Cross-Currents in the Indian Ocean
    08/09/2014 - 09/09/2014 Mon 10.00 - 17.00, Tues 9.30 - 17.00
  • Immigration and the Making of British Identity
    24/09/2014 6.00 pm to 7.30pm
  • Gateways to the First World War
    28/09/2014 11.00 - 16.00
  • Immigration and the Politics of Britishness
    16/10/2014 6.00 pm to 7.30pm
  • 2014 Biennial Conference
    19/10/2014 - 21/10/2014
  • Maple Leaf Ball
    08/11/2014
  • Immigration and UK Economic Growth
    13/11/2014 6.00 pm to 7.30pm

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Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in The Commonwealth: Struggles for Decriminalisation and Change

Editors: Corinne Lennox, Matthew Waites

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Indian Election Crowd

Modi-fying India? A presidential campaign and the challenge of parliamentary governance

With the din of the Indian election campaign dying away and the refrain of the BJP – “Abki baar, Modi sarkar” (This time, Modi government) – about to be realised, the implications of this momentous result can be assessed.

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MA IN HUMAN RIGHTS

The MA is the longest-running interdisciplinary, practice-oriented human rights MA programme in the UK. We have been training human rights advocates and defenders across the world since 1995. This degree was founded by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and is now offered through the Institute's Human Rights Consortium.

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