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The School of Advanced Study have decided to close down this blog and replace it with a new, improved blog called Talking Humanities. This new blog will offer a discussion point for the study of the arts and humanities. All posts previously published on the SAS blog have been archived onto Talking Humanities.

Please check out Talking Humanities and let us know what you think!


#PotW: The afterlife of Cicero – 7-8 May


a3e22bc8d8A conference organised by the Warburg Institute, the Institute of Classical Studies and UCL. The conference will be held at the Warburg Institute.

The conference will explore the impact of Cicero’s writings and personality on intellectual and cultural history, on the visual arts, philosophy, politics, rhetoric and literature. Since so much of Cicero’s writings is extant, they cover a wide variety of genres and topics, and we are also able to get a glimpse of his personality from his letters, Cicero has had an enormous influence on western culture. By examining a diverse series of significant case studies, the conference aims to make a contribution to assessing Cicero’s impact more fully.  The proceedings will be jointly published by the two Institutes as Supplements to the Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies.

Organisers:  Peter Mack (Warwick), John North (UCL), Gesine Manuwald (UCL) and Maria Wyke (UCL)

Speakers: Virginia Cox (New York), Nina Dubin (Illinois at Chicago), Katherine East (Royal Holloway London), Lynn Fotheringham (Nottingham), Matthew Fox (Glasgow), Luke Houghton (Reading), Catherine Keen (UCL), Andrew Laird (Warwick), Carole Mabboux (Savoie), David Marsh (Rutgers), Martin McLaughlin (Oxford) and Laura Refe (Venice)

Read the whole programme and register here (by 5 May).

When: 7 – 8 May 2015
Where: Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB

Beyond the digital humanities


On 5 May, the School of Advanced Study (SAS) is hosting ‘Beyond the Digital Humanities’, the final in a series of important events on the future of digital humanities organised by the European Science Foundation (ESF) research network NeDiMAH (Network for Digital Methods in the Arts and Humanities). It will be chaired by Professor Lorna Hughes (below left), SAS’s first chair in digital humanities and Professor Andrew Prescott from the University of Glasgow.

Lorna 2Since May 2011, NeDiMAH has run a programme of activities and built a collaborative research forum to investigate the use of digital methods in arts and humanities research. The network has explored key areas of theory and practice in a number of methodological areas, including: the analysis of time and space, visualisation, linked data, large-scale data analysis, editing, manuscript imaging, temporal modeling and scholarly communications.

The reach of these events has been documented in a series of maps of digital humanities activities across Europe. This has allowed the Network to get a sense of the diversity of practice as well as understand and demonstrate the collaborative and trans-national nature of digital humanities and the integration of digital approaches into all aspects of the research lifecycle. Continue reading →

#PotW: Legally navigating academic blogging and social media – 29 April


social scholar 29-04-2015This month at the Social Scholar seminar we will be joined by Dr Judith Townend who will be looking at social media and legal concerns.

Here a little information by Judith about what can be expected:

“While social media tools are fantastically liberating for academic communication, users need to be aware of the legal and ethical context. Those trained in journalism or law will probably be aware of the most important media and communication-related laws, but my research suggests there are many bloggers and social media users who are uncertain about the boundaries of legitimate speech. What’s more, the complexity of UK media law (and high cost of resolving a civil dispute) makes it an uncertain environment for even the most experienced and legally astute. My contribution to the Social Scholar series will discuss the main legal issues for academic bloggers and social media users, point towards useful guides, and offer some thoughts on how legal resources and systems might be improved.”

Speaker: Dr Judith Townend (SAS)
Time: Wednesday 29 April 2015, 1pm-2pm
Location: Room 246 (Senate House, 2nd Floor)
All welcome! No prior registration needed. For full details check out our Event Page.

A PORT for Modern Languages


a port for modern languages

By Katia Pizzi

Welcome to a PORT for modern languages! This is your gateway to a vast and intriguing treasure trove of multi-lingual resources, from French to Spanish, from German to Polish, from Italian to Portuguese, from Russian to Lusophone, Czech and much more! Libraries, archives, culture and arts centres, schools, and a score of centres of cultural exchange and interaction both in the UK and in the wider world are within your grasp! This vast array of research opportunities includes funding opportunities and specific tuition on how to get hold of them.

Specifically, our material covers French, Italian, Spanish, German, Czech, Polish, Russian and Portuguese studies, and to some degree Francophone, Hispanic, Latin-American and Lusophone cultures as well. A PORT for modern languages provides links to and information about institutions, e.g. libraries, archives and museums with a focus on modern languages and cultures, as well as web-based resources. We give practical advice on access, facilities and usage, as appropriate. To access our resources, click on Here, a range of individual modules will give you access to options for different kinds of resources relevant for one particular language, e.g., simply open the ‘French’ book and a sub-menu for different kinds of French resources will be revealed.

All this material is conceived as free-standing self-study units but will also be of use to teachers, publishers, translators and others interested in the wider languages field. As a valuable support to face-to-face provision, a PORT for modern languages is more than a research training programme. It is a gateway to the world always within your reach. Please visit us on:

A PORT for Modern Languages is available from the PORT research training website alongside various other training skills resources. 

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