Final Call For Papers: Decolonization Workshop, 7 June

Wednesday 17 April 2013
We will be running the next  Decolonization Workshop here at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies in Senate House, London, on Friday 7 June. The day will run from 10.30am to 7.30pm. 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.

Press Release: The Legacy of Empire Conference

Wednesday 3 April 2013
Personal witnesses from the last days of Empire will give their views on this period at a conference, ‘The Legacy of Empire,’ which takes place on Monday, 20 May at the University of London’s Institute of Commonwealth Studies .  The Conference, organised jointly by the Overseas Service Pensioners’ Association (OSPA) and the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, will hear from high-profile speakers who can recall the closing years of British colonial rule and can judge what its effects and consequences were for the people in those countries. 

Call for applications: Emeka Anyaoku Visiting Chair 2013-14

Monday 4 March 2013
The Emeka Anyaoku Visiting Chair is open to distinguished academics who specialise in Commonwealth Studies. Applicants  currently in post at a University, or an equivalent institution, in a Commonwealth nation, who wish to spend between three and six consecutive months between September and June of any academic year visiting the Institute. 

The Daily Telegraph's Peter Oborne joins launch panel for former Commonwealth Secretary-General Don Mckinnon’s memoirs.

Friday 15 February 2013
“Impossibly devious plots and characters - ambitious presidents and prime ministers from all corners of the world, some determined to hold onto power at any cost; a British government often with a misplaced sense of its own role in one of the world's oldest organisations; and an organisation of 300 people, externally working to help the world while inwardly struggling along racial and geo-political lines.”

ICwS 'Opinion' publication highlighted by UK government in response to Foreign Affairs Committee report on 'The future of the Commonwealth'

Wednesday 6 February 2013
In the December 2012 issue of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICwS) 'Opinion' publication series Sir Ronald Sanders argued that ' A Commonwealth Free Trade Area is neither likely nor desirable'. This timely edition called into question repeated calls for the UK government to explore closer trading links to Commonwealth member nations.

Professor Mary Turner

Thursday 31 January 2013
It was with deep sadness that we learned of the death of Professor Mary Turner on 22 January 2013 after a brief illness. Born in Hull in East Yorkshire, she studied history at the University of Manchester. She moved to Jamaica in the early 1950s and developed a life-long fascination for the history of the region. Mary returned to London later in the decade to undertake a PhD. Her long and distinguished career as a teacher and scholar culminated with a Chair in History at Dalhousie University, Canada.

EVENT - Senate House Library Friends: Archives of the Commonwealth Journalists' Association

Monday 21 January 2013
06 February 2013, 18:00 - 20:00 Venue: Dr Seng T Lee Centre for Manuscript and Book Studies Senate House Library 4th Floor, Senate House Malet Street London WC1 David Clover (Institute of Commonwealth Studies Librarian and Head of Research Librarians - Senate House Library): 'Preserving and Protecting Press Freedom – Insights from the archive of the Commonwealth Journalists' Association'