Public Humanities

Institutes of Advanced Study are ideal spaces for the University and civil society to meet, and IASH is no exception. From intimate group discussions to public lectures with over 200 attendees, we are working hard to increase our range of accessible, public-facing humanities events through the Institute’s own activities, by partnering with Schools, Global Academies and external organisations, and by coordinating events for Scottish and UK festival programmes.

Below you’ll find a brief selection of some of the public humanities initiatives the Institute is involved with. To find out more about upcoming events, visit our events calendar.

Public Lectures

Throughout the year, we run a range of public lectures delivered by local and international speakers.

Pop-Up Forums

The IASH series of ‘pop-up’ forums offer informative and accessible discussions for the general public on important and sometimes controversial ‘of the minute’ topics. As with our other events, our pop-up forums are offered free of charge and are very popular—registrations usually sell out and waiting lists are common.


Edinburgh is known as a festival city, and IASH participants in a number of ways during the city’s August festivals. We also engage with festivals at other times of the year, including Previously: Scotland’s History Festival, Book Week Scotland, Luminate (Scotland’s Creative Ageing Festival), and many more.

Dangerous Women Project

IASH provides an international, interdisciplinary and autonomous space for discussion and debate. This year we introduced a digital initiative, the Dangerous Women Project. The Project raises some challenging questions about the dynamics, conflicts, identities and power relations faced by women in historical and contemporary societies. To do so, it is publishing 365 responses to those questions on a specially designed website linking International Women’s Day 2016 with International Women’s Day 2017. Find out more here.