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The Institute aims to:

  • engage with important public issues of our time through a series of open debates, lectures, seminars and conferences
  • foster and promote a climate of interdisciplinary research and collaboration among academics and researchers
  • promote new ideas and forms of understanding in the humanities
  • provide short-term fellowships for a small number of scholars from Britain and overseas, chosen in open competition
  • invite prominent writers, broadcasters and public figures to spend short periods at the Institute
  • engage the highly rated Birkbeck Humanities research departments in cross-disciplinary work.