Summary of the London Media Freedom Conference now available

Wednesday 24 July 2019
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office hosted a conference on Media Freedom on the 11th and 12th July which was attended by Dr Sue Onslow, ICWS Deputy Director and coordinator of the ICWS Centre on Media Freedom in the Commonwealth, along with ICWS Senior Research Fellows David Page and William Crowley, and Rita Payne, Emeritus President of the Commonwealth Journalists Association. A summary of the outcomes of the conference, written by David Page, is now available .  

Trail-blazing student receives funding for research trip to Jamaica to further her studies

Wednesday 17 July 2019
A London-based student has won an exciting research visit to the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. Dongkyung Shin, a research student based at King’s College London, has been awarded the first OSPA Annual Travel Bursary by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, for her original research project ‘Partnerships in universities: British strategies for new universities at the end of empire’.

Witness Seminar - British Embassies and the East European Revolutions of 1988-89

Saturday 1 June 2019
The edited transcript of  'British Embassies and the East European Revolutions of 1988-89' a seminar with British Diplomats who witnessed the fall of communism in Eastern Europe in 1989 is now available.   The transcript has been edited by Dr Sue Onslow, Deputy Director of the ICWS and Dr Michael Kandiah of Kings College  Please click here for the transcript Organised by the ICWS, Kings College and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the seminar was one of the 'Witness Seminar' series.  For more information  about the series, please click here

South African Elections and the Media

Thursday 9 May 2019
Fake news, disinformation and ANC control of the state broadcaster all featured in the 2016 local elections, as outlined in  Martin Plaut’s recent article in the Conversation , and covert tactics have been used in other campaigns in South Africa. Speakers  at a recent ICWS event discussed the impact of the media and fake news on elections and the implications for democracy. A podcast of the event is available here Chair: Dr Sue Onslow, Deputy Director ICWS  Speakers: Mr Justin Adams, UK Chairperson, Democratic Alliance

ICWS@70 The Commonwealth and Human Rights: Judge Albie Sachs

Thursday 25 April 2019
On Friday 12 April, Judge Albie Sachs, anti apartheid activist and former member of the Constitutional Court of South Africa made the keynote speech at the latest ICWS@70 event, 'The Commonwealth and Human Rights'.  A podcast of the event is available here Following the meeting, Judge Sachs spoke with  ICWS Senior Fellow, Martin Plaut about his own time as a fellow at the ICWS, during which he worked on what became the Bill of Rights of post apartheid South Africa.   A podcast of their conversation is available here .  

ICWS@70 - Judge Albie Sachs, former ANC activist returns to the ICWS

Friday 12 April 2019
On Monday 25th March 2019, Judge Albie Sachs, former ANC activist and member of the Constitutional Court of South Africa,  returned to the Institute of Commonwealth Studies to make the keynote address to a workshop on The Institute of Commonwealth Studies and Human Rights.   While he was in London, he spoke to ICWS Senior Research Fellow,  Mr Martin Plaut,  about his time at the Institute and his work there.  Click here for a podcast of their conversation      

OSPA Annual Travel Bursary (£1,000) for Postgraduate Research Students

Monday 18 February 2019
  The OSPA Travel Bursary is open to postgraduate research students (MPhil/Phd) working on a topic related to British colonial administration/development in a UK university.   Closing date for applications Sunday 28 April 2019 (23:59 UK time) Further Information and application form    

Britain, Brexit and the Future of the Commonwealth: transcript and podcast of Sir Vince Cable's speech now available

Wednesday 31 October 2018
On 08 October 2018, the Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable MP, the current Leader of the Liberal Democrats and MP for Twickenham and former Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (2010-2015) delivered the Peter Lyon Memorial Lecture at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies on the subject of 'Britain, Brexit and the future of the Commonwealth'. During his lecture, Sir Vince noted the disparity between the expectations of future post-Brexit relations with Commonwealth countries being raised in Britain and the anxiety of Commonwealth countries themselves.

Commonwealth principles on freedom of expression and the role of the media in good governance

Tuesday 10 April 2018
As journalists, bloggers, uses or social media, and others across the Commonwealth experienced increases in official and de facto restrictions on freedom of expression and communication, the Institute of Commonwealth Studies established a project to examine challenges to media freedom in the Commonwealth . The project commenced with a conference on this theme in April 2017.

Funding opportunity for early-career researchers: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships 2017

Friday 25 August 2017
Member Institutes of the School of Advanced Study are inviting proposals from suitably qualified applicants for the 2017 round of the prestigious British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships scheme. These grants enable early-career researchers to gain further experience of conducting research and teaching in a university environment – with the aim of developing their CV and improving their prospects for obtaining permanent lecturing posts. Fellowships are for three years, covering salaries, small-scale research expenses up to £6,000 and include mentoring support from a SAS academic.