With great regret, we have taken the decision to cancel the IASH 50th Anniversary Symposium Humanities of the Future: perspectives from the past and present, along with the associated reunion celebrations from 23 to 25 April.
Due to the ongoing global spread of COVID-19, not least causing the withdrawal of numerous international delegates, we have taken the decision to cancel the symposium. However, we are still hopeful that the research due to be presented can be made accessible to Fellows, alumni, supporters and the wider public. In the first instance, we are pursuing options to video record, edit and present the papers via our YouTube channel or other online portals. We are also planning to go ahead with the publication of papers as an edited collection, printed under our 'Occasional Papers' banner.
Humanities of the Future: perspectives from the past and present: a symposium and IASH reunion
23rd to 25th April 2020
All IASH alumni are invited to join us for a three-day celebration of the humanities. Events include a one-day conference at the historic Playfair Library on Thursday 23rd April 2020, a reunion dinner, visits to IASH (both at Hope Park Square and our former home at 17 Buccleuch Place), a concert at St Cecilia's Hall, presentations by current IASH Fellows, an exhibition of material drawn from our extensive archive, and much more. Registration is now open for Fellows and alumni of IASH for the 50th Anniversary Symposium and IASH Reunion.
All activities, including the Symposium Dinner and Ceilidh, are free to attend. If you will be accompanied by partners, guests, family or friends, please complete the form for each person individually, so we have all necessary information about dietary and access requirements.
IASH@50: an Oral History of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities
I may have been the youngest Fellow and the only American at the Institute in 1973, invited there to complete a project on Old English poetry that was meant to evolve into a book. I did complete the first chapter, published as an article in 1975, picked up and republished in 1978, and the core of my 1980 applicant’s lecture for a permanent position at UC Davis, where I’ve been ever since. But that particular book was never completed as I moved on to write many other books and articles, mostly on medieval English subjects. My IASH Fellowship was a huge step up into a long and successful academic career, and my gratitude to the Institute is profound.
Professor Marijane Osborn, Visiting Research Fellow 1973