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. 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Decolonization Workshop, March 2014

Thursday 5 December 2013
We will be running the next Decolonization Workshop here at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies in Senate House, London, on Friday 14 March 2014. The day will run from 11.00am to 7.00pm. As on previous occasions, we aim to have three panel discussions over the course of the day, followed by a book launch. Each panel will consist of three papers lasting for 15-20 minutes. We invite proposals for papers on subjects linked to the theme of decolonization. We interpret ‘decolonization’ very broadly, and are

Professor Philip Murphy talks to Scotland Tonight

Friday 15 November 2013
Professor Philip Murphy, Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, was interviewed yesterday by Scotland Tonight regarding the continued relevance of the Commonwealth - a body which has come under scrutiny in light of the 2013 CHOGM being held in Sri Lanka, whose government is accused of committing brutal war crimes against its own citizens during the civil war in 2009. Watch the interview here

Institute of Commonwealth Studies launches Commonwealth oral history website

Wednesday 13 November 2013
The Institute of Commonwealth Studies – a member institute of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study – is launching a brand new world-class resource for students, researchers, historians and policy makers: Commonwealth Oral Histories - a website packed with unique information.

British Council Call for Applications

Tuesday 22 October 2013
British Researcher Links grants are available for early-career researchers who need to spend three months abroad. Travel to the following countries is eligible: Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Morocco, Egypt, Qatar, South Africa, Nigeria, Russia, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea, United States, Vietnam and Bangladesh. Researchers from these countries are also eligible to apply to fund travel to the UK. The call opened on 15 October and applications close on 24 November.

New report on Political Islam and the Elections in Bangladesh by ICwS Fellow Frances Harrison

Monday 7 October 2013
A new report by Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, Frances Harrison, examines the ideological and political differences between the various Islamic parties, alliances and militant groups in Bangladesh, with special focus on Jamaat-e-Islami. In the run up to parliamentary elections in Bangladesh, the ideological clash between secular Bengalis and Islamists has already spilt onto the streets in what many now believe is a make-or-break struggle for the identity of the world's third largest Muslim country. Find out more here