Andrew Hussey has been appointed the first Director of a new Centre for Post-Colonial Studies at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study it was announced today. Professor Hussey will also become the School’s first Professor of Cultural History.
Professor Hussey is currently Dean of the University of London Institute in Paris (ULiP), a post he has held for eight years. He takes up his new role in September.
He commented: “I am very excited to be taking up this new post, which will be based in Paris, and where I will help establish the University of London as an intellectual presence in Europe and elsewhere. Most importantly, I think that in political and cultural terms, the time is right for the School of Advanced Study, and indeed the University of London, to engage with new transnational forms of collaboration and research.”
Professor Roger Kain, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), said: “I am absolutely delighted that we have persuaded Andrew to join the School of Advanced Study. He arrives at an exciting time for us as we embark on a period of investment and growth. The School has an increasingly important role to play in national and international advocacy for the humanities and Andrew’s arrival significantly increases our capability. As well as a long list of formidable academic achievements, he has in recent years become one of the UK’s most recognisable advocates for the humanities through his varied careers as journalist, television and radio presenter. I am very much looking forward to working with him.”
Professor Sir Adrian Smith, Vice-Chancellor of the University of London, said: “I am very pleased that we will be keeping Andrew within the University “family”. He has achieved a great deal over the last eight years – increasing ULiP’s research capacity, developing the Masters programme and launching the influential new journal, “Francospheres” to name but a few of his successes. He has been a valuable ambassador for the University in its relations with The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the British Council and the British Embassy in Paris, and we look forward to him working closely with the School’s Institutes, and the colleges and institutes of the University of London.”