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IHSS Annual Symposium 2021 to host Professor Shoshana Zuboff
5 May 2021

We are delighted to announce that the second IHSS Annual Symposium will be made by Professor Shoshana Zuboff on her 2019 release, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, followed by an in-depth discussion with Professor Simon Reid-Henry. 


Midnight Sun: exhibition on night in the vertical city
4 May 2021

Midnight Sun is an exhibition that examines everyday spaces and technologies of night in the vertical city. By sampling photography, digital media, and sculptural artworks in close dialogue with research materials drawn from everyday life in the vertical city, the exhibition questions how we might reckon with the entangled hi/stories of life in the nocturnal city.

A Legal Right to Break the Law
19 January 2021

In this IHSS blog post, Dr John Adenitire (Queen Mary University of London) discusses the ideas and intentions behind his new book A General Right to Conscientious Exemptions.

Nothing and Everything to Lose: Results from a Qualitative WhatsApp survey of Palestinian Camps and Gatherings in Lebanon
7 January 2021

In this IHSS blog post, Dr Leila Ullrich (Queen Mary University of London) discusses the use of the free multiplatform messaging application, WhatsApp Messenger (WhatsApp), as a methodology and qualitative data collection tool within refugee and crisis research.

Aftermaths - the IHSS thematic focus for 2020-21
5 January 2021

As this theme launches we are still in the midst of COVID-19, Brexit rumbles on, and the Black Lives Matter movement is reminding us of the powerful legacies of racial injustice and the aftermaths of colonial order. But how do we experience and make sense of these and other aftermaths?

5 Questions with Professor Pamela Clemit
21 October 2020

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In our third interview for the 5 Questions series, Simon Reid-Henry talks to Professor Pamela Clemit (Professor of English) about William Godwin, and historical enquiry in the form of editing.

Urban strategies for undocumented residents
5 October 2020

An invitation for academics, activists and policy makers to come together and set a new agenda for urban strategies for undocumented residents.

The SS Officer’s Armchair by Daniel Lee review
5 October 2020

Journalist David Aaronovitch has written a review for The Times on Daniel Lee’s The SS Officer’s Armchair.

Dr Leila Ullrich talks to the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford
2 October 2020

Dr Ullrich shares her thoughts on technology and terrorism and gender issues within the International Criminal Court (ICC).

5 Questions with Professor James Dunkerley
4 August 2020

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In our second interview for the 5 Questions series, Simon Reid-Henry talks to Professor James Dunkerley, Professor of Politics, about Robinson Crusoe, political suicides, and populism in Latin America and elsewhere.

Launch of the IHSS Working Group on COVID-19
22 July 2020

The Queen Mary Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IHSS) has launced a Working Group on COVID-19 with members from across the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) at Queen Mary University of London.

Simon Reid-Henry on the need for a Global Public Investment after Covid-19
15 July 2020

Writing for the Development Initiatives (DI), Simon Reid-Henry presents the case for why the Global Public Investment (GPI) is needed.

The inaugural IHSS Annual Symposium with Thomas Piketty, Heather Boushey and Martin Sandbu
9 July 2020

The inaugural IHSS Annual Symposium was made by Professor Thomas Piketty on his 2020 release, Capital and Ideology with responses from Heather Boushey and Martin Sandbu.

The Potential of Random Selection: In Society and Higher Education
7 May 2020

Jeffrey Kennedy, Lecturer in Criminal Law, School of Law, provides a summary on Innovating Student Democracy: The Potential for Random Selection in the University event held in February 2020.

Cultural Finance Conference
6 May 2020

Ben Holgate, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Department of Comparative Literature, provides a round-up from the Cultural Finance Conference held in February 2020.

Opinion piece: The WHO and the future of international public finance
6 May 2020

IHSS Director, Dr Simon Reid-Henry and Jonathan Glennie, Principal Associate at the Joep Lange Institute, argue in their latest work that the current Covid-19 crisis has highlighted massive underfunding of global public health bodies. However, the pandemic also presents an opportunity to rectify this.

'Im/mobility in Coronatimes' blog
5 May 2020

'Im/mobility in Coronatimes' is a new blog series written by members of the School of Geography that reflects on the different spatial and temporal dimensions related to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Launch of the Jean Monnet NEXTEUK project website
16 April 2020

The new website of the Jean Monnet NEXTEUK project is now available with information on events, media appearances, publications and a lot more: www.qmul.ac.uk/nexteuk

5 Questions with Dr Stephen Taylor
9 April 2020

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In the first of a new series asking some of our Humanities and Social Sciences faculty what they are working on, thinking about, and reading, Simon Reid-Henry talks to Dr Stephen Taylor, Lecturer in Human Geography, about Pandemics, Polio, and the Plague.

IHSS Distinguished Visiting Fellow (DVF) events series at the Centre for the History of the Emotions
15 March 2020

Professor Daniel Lord Smail, DVF at the School of History at Queen Mary University of London, to deliver a lunchtime seminar discussing violence in medieval Europe and a workshop exploring the methodology behind the “Documentary Archaeology of Late Medieval Europe” (DALME) project.

Queen Mary Lecturer shortlisted for the BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize 2020
5 March 2020

Dr Rachel Humphris from the School of Politics and International Relations is one of the five 2020 Shortlisted Nominees for the BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize

How To Save Our Democracies? with Rick Edwards, Peter MacLeod
31 January 2020

The first in a new series of “in conversation” events was held at Queen Mary University of London on January 29 with a public discussion on the challenges and pitfalls of democratic politics today.

The launch of the Rethinking the Public series
30 January 2020

The Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IHSS) and Queen Mary’s Global Policy Institute (GPI) to launch public event series exploring the challenges of democratic politics.

Distinguished Visiting Fellows - call for applications
6 January 2020

The latest round of the Distinguished Visiting Fellows scheme, for fellowships in 2020-21, is now open for applications. The scheme supports visits to QMUL by distinguished established scholars for periods of between 1-4 weeks. The deadline for applications is noon on 31 January, 2020.

Impact and Engagement with Matthew Dodd (R3)
11 December 2019

On 11 December the IHSS hosted BBC Radio 3’s Matthew Dodd for an informal Q&A with senior faculty members and early career scholars on the question of impact (and engagement) in academic research. 

Autumn in Paris (Dr Musab Younis)
5 December 2019

Dr Musab Younis writes in the current issue of the London Review of Books about the state of islamophobia in France. 

Professor Michael Walzer visits the IHSS
24 October 2019

The IHSS welcomes Michael Walzer, Professor Emeritus of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), Princeton


30 September 2019

Welcome to our Strategic Lecturers
9 September 2019

In 2019, Queen Mary University of London invested in 16 new Strategic Lecturer positions across the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Our Strategic Lecturers hold affiliated positions with the IHSS and are helping to drive forward its agenda of cross-cutting research.