Professor Phillip Murphy writes for The Conversation UK - Let the games begin, but what’s the point of the Commonwealth?

Monday 21 July 2014
Professor Phillip Murphy's article "Let the games begin, but what's the point of the Commonwealth?" has been published on The Conversation. 'On July 23 the Queen will open the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. In the process, she will no doubt also fire the starting pistol on the latest round of a favourite British pastime: worrying about the Commonwealth.' Continue reading the article on this link.

The ICwS archives have received and listed the papers of Billy Strachan

Tuesday 8 July 2014
Billy Strachan was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He arrived in England in March 1940 and joined the Royal Air Force. He became an air gunner and then a flight lieutenant. He returned  briefly to Jamaica and then came back to England in 1947. He was a  member of the Communist Party and the secretary of the London branch of  the Caribbean Labour Congress. He founded and edited a monthly journal, Caribbean News. He left the Communist Party in 1967 but continued to take a great interest in the politics and history of the West Indies.

CFP - What’s Happening in Black British History? A Conversation

Tuesday 24 June 2014
Thirty years after the publication of Peter Fryer’s Staying Power, immigration is still a hotly contested topic, while slavery continues to dominate popular perceptions of Black British History. New research is revealing different stories, but how is this being presented in Britain’s classrooms and museums?  We need a conversation between those actively involved in researching and communicating the history of peoples of African origin and descent in Britain about what it means to us today.

University of the West Indies doctorate for Sir Ronald Sanders

Wednesday 18 June 2014
The Institute of Commonwealth Studies would like to congratulate Sir Roland Sanders, Senior Research Fellow at the ICWS , for the award of an honorary Doctorate of Letters (DLtt) by the University of the West Indies (UWI) in recognition of his long and distinguished service to the Caribbean Region and the wider world. The award, made April 25 by the UWI’s Council and Senate, will be formally bestowed during an October ceremony at its St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago.  To continue reading the story, click here .

Dr Damien Short has been promoted to Reader

Friday 30 May 2014
The Institute of Commonwealth Studies is delighted to announce that at its recent meeting, the University’s Academic Promotions and Titles Committee awarded Dr Damien Short the title of Reader. This is a thoroughly well-deserved acknowledgement of Damien’s tremendous contribution to the Institute and the School over many years, and of his pioneering work in the fields of Sociology and Human Rights. We’d all like to offer him our warmest congratulations. Have a look at Dr Damien Short's profile here .

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)