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.

Call for papers: Global Decolonization workshop - Concepts and Connections

Thursday 23 March 2017
University of London in Paris (ULIP), PARIS 6-7 JULY 2017 The Global Decolonization Workshop (GDW) is a new collaboration between the School of Advanced Study (University of London) and New York University. It seeks to forge a global forum for knowledge exchange in the interdisciplinary field of decolonization studies.

ICwS Fellow discusses Canada-EU trade relations on BBC Radio

Thursday 16 February 2017
ICwS Senior Research Fellow Dr Annis May Timpson discussed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's address to the European Parliament and the recently approved free trade agreement between the EU and Canada, and reluctance to ratify it within parts of Europe, more widely on BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland. You can hear Dr Timpson discuss the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the EU between minutes 40-44.10 on BBC iPlayer .

Institute's Senior Research Fellows' new publications now available

Monday 30 January 2017
The Institute of Commonwealth Studies is delighted to share news of a number of recent publications written by our distinguished Senior Research Fellows. Richard Bourne wrote his book ‘Nigeria: A New History of a Turbulent Century’ while a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute. This work offers a new look at Nigeria, tracing its history from its pre-colonial days to independence and up to the current day, with a particular look at the failure to distribute wealth earned from the country’s rich oil, mineral and agricultural resources.