Image: © Francis Azevedo Dr Claire Launchbury, whose first ever political action was stripping down posters of Jean-Marie Le Pen in Orléans in the run up to the 1995 presidential elections, hopes France resists the siren of the Front National and warns that the political and social future for matters of true liberty, equality and […]
In a major speech two weeks ago Baroness Patricia Scotland, the Commonwealth Secretary General, called for a set of guidelines for the Commonwealth to develop a more prominent and active role in preserving media freedom and journalistic independence across its 52-member states. What is surprising says Commonwealth expert Dr Sue Onslow, is the length of […]
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 […]
Image: Damara Zebras at Chudop waterhole, Etosha, Namibia. Wikimedia Commons Professor Henning Melber tries to find something that ‘the land of wide open spaces’, Namibia, can celebrate on its 27th anniversary of independence. Most visitors to Namibia are impressed. The beauty of the nature and wildlife is a tourist attraction. The inner cities appeal to foreigners […]
When: Thursday 23 March 2017, 5.30 – 7.30pm Who: Institute of Latin American Studies Where: Woburn Suite, G22/26, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU Speaker: Professor David Murray, York University, Toronto The goal of this presentation is to engage with key concepts in sexual minority discrimination and rights talk occurring in transnational contexts. It will […]
In the first of a series of articles focusing on the growing hostility to journalistic independence across the Commonwealth, journalist and Africa analyst Martin Plaut, calls on the 52-nation group to take a more robust view on these new threats. Do they challenge democracy and human rights as much as freedom of speech? The Commonwealth […]
Image: © Matt Crossick To mark International Women’s Day on 8 March, we asked five of the School of Advanced Study’s female academics – Dr Maria del Pilar Kaladeen, Professor Jane Winters, Professor Diamond Ashiagbor, Dr Sarah Singer and Dr Godela Weiss-Sussex – what the day means to them, and how they are supporting other women.
Photo by Sophie Giffard, taken with permission Megan Cowley, a recent graduate of the Understanding and Securing Human Rights master’s degree offered by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, was awarded the 2016 Albie Sachs Prize for best dissertation. She describes her research conducted in a rural district in Nepal, which she used as a case study […]
We live in a world where labelling an activity, person, or group of people with the word ‘radicalism’ suggests something negative, abhorrent, aberrative and inherently dangerous. Such an understanding of these two words have perhaps always been true, although it is never the full story, say Dr Jordan Landes, Dr Mark Merry and Dr Matt Phillpott, the […]
Rachael Anne Roberts, a student on the School of Advanced Study’s MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights, retraces the history of human rights activism in Bloomsbury by walking in the footsteps of some of its past residents.