Author: Talking Humanities

The highways of culture, the pathways of the mind

Professor Manos Tsakiris, a world expert on psychology and cognitive neurosciences, introduces the interdisciplinary ‘Body and Image in Arts and Sciences (BIAS)’ project. Based at the Warburg Institute, part of the School of Advanced Study, University of London, it was launched in September 2016, thanks to a generous award from the NOMIS Foundation.

Can arts and culture boost the nation’s health?

Dr Daisy Fancourt (above), an early-career scientist, talks about her research which focuses on the effects of arts participation on health, the use of the arts within clinical settings, and the psychosocial impact of cultural engagement at an individual and public health level. She is one of the ten 2017 New Generation Thinkers whose research […]

Linguistic protectionism: good or bad?

Last Sunday (26 March), a week of 1,500 events celebrating the French language all over the world came to a close. This year’s theme, ‘The virtual world’, had a decidedly forward-looking flavour that Dr Juliette Scott believes was selected to challenge the legacy of Jacques Toubon, the former French culture minister who passed a law […]

Can there be decolonisation without respect for African values?

After a recent visit to universities in his home country leading South African intellectual Professor Xolela Mangcu, asks ‘How do we decolonise the curriculum when our young have created their own version of history – when there is no facticity?’ Earlier this month I took the distinguished African writer Ngugi wa Thiong’o, on a tour […]