New Blog post: Modi-fying India? A presidential campaign and the challenge of parliamentary governance

Tuesday 20 May 2014
Check the latest post on the Commonwealth Opinion Blog by Dr James Chiriyankandath Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, and Co-Editor of Commonwealth & Comparative Politics . ' 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. Click here to continue reading...

CALL FOR PAPERS - Connected histories of decolonisation workshop (Autumn 2014)

Friday 16 May 2014
CFP deadline: 13 June 2014  Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, Centre for European and International Studies Research, University of Portsmouth and Kings’ College London will be accepting submissions for papers for the following event: Connected histories of decolonisation workshop on the 14th of November 2014

Call for Papers - Histfest 2014 Postgraduate Conference

Tuesday 29 April 2014
Histfest, now in its nineteenth year, provides an ideal forum for presenting postgraduate research at any stage of progress to a supportive and constructive audience. The conference welcomes papers from any field of historical research and related disciplines. Keynote Address Professor Keith Wrightson (Yale University)

Professor Phillip Murphy writes for The Conversation UK on Prince Charles' political clout

Tuesday 18 March 2014
An article by Professor Philip Murphy, Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, was published on The Conversation. Professor Murphy’s article discussed the topical issue of the royal family’s political neutrality, an issue which has gained particular importance in the light of Freedom of Information requests by The Guardian newspaper. Click here to read the full article. 

UK’s first national festival dedicated to the humanities is announced

Monday 24 February 2014
Being Human, the UK’s first national festival dedicated to demonstrating the value, vitality and relevance of humanities research, has been officially launched today (23 January 2014). Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London – in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy – the festival will explore what it means to be human over nine days from 15 to 23 November 2014.

Winner of the Trevor Reese Memorial Prize Announced

Friday 14 February 2014
The Institute of Commonwealth Studies is delighted to announce that the Trevor Reese Memorial Prize has been awarded to Philip J. Stern (Associate Professor of History, Duke University) for his monograph, The Company-State: Corporate Sovereignty and the Early Modern Foundations of the British Empire in India (Oxford University Press, 2011).

Henry Charles Chapman Fellowship

Monday 27 January 2014
The biennial Henry Charles Chapman Fellowship is open for applications this year. Further information on the Fellowship is available  here.  The application form and further details on the application process are available here.

Dr Onslow on Nelson Mandela & the Commonwealth

Thursday 12 December 2013
In the wake of Madiba's passing, ICWS Fellow and spearhead of the Commonwealth Oral History Project, Dr Sue Onslow, has blogged about Mandela's favourable attitude towards the Commonwealth.  Read her blog post here. 

Martin Plaut on the death of Nelson Mandela

Friday 6 December 2013
The death of Nelson Mandela has been greeted with an entirely understandable outpouring of grief in South Africa and across the world. But audiences must have been left with some very strange impressions of the man by the hours of commentary.  This was perhaps exemplified by an Indian commentator on the BBC describing the great man as a Gandhian.  Now there are many things one can say about the former president, but he was not a supporter of non-violence.