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‘A Return to the Village’ – an introduction

‘A Return to the Village: Community ethnographies and the study of Andean culture in retrospective’, edited by Dr Francisco Ferreira with the American anthropologist Professor Billie Jean Isbell, has just been published by the Institute of Latin American Studies. Dr Ferreira offers a brief introduction to its contents, aims and origins, explained in the context […]

Orwell, 1984 and the Ministry of Information

Since the inauguration of President Trump sales of George Orwell’s 1984 have increased by 9,500 per cent, and at the time of publication it is still at the top of Amazon’s American best seller lists. But what might new readers learn from it?, asks Dr Marc Patrick Wiggam, a research fellow at the Institute of […]

Introducing the Humanities Digital Library

This week sees the launch of the Humanities Digital Library, a new open access  publishing platform for scholarly books. The Library is an initiative of the School of Advanced Study (SAS), led by the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS). At launch the Library includes monographs in history, […]

Scholarly editing by machines

Image: © Tatiana Shepeleva / Shutterstock Can a computer create a scholarly digital edition? Can a computer compare multiple texts, identify the order in which they were perhaps written, critically judge whether one text is ‘better’ than another, and then produce an authoritative variorum edition? The answer is increasingly: yes, the computer can do all of […]

Rise of the bibliophiles: Anthony Davis Book Collecting prize

A selection from Clara Tait’s collection, photo by Uneesah Khalil Prizes to encourage incipient and impecunious student book collectors have been commonplace in the United States for many years. The University of London has been among the first British universities to follow suit, after the University of Cambridge (2006), in the same year as the University […]

Perfidious Albion: Britain’s shameful role in blocking a non-racial franchise in the Union of South Africa

© Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock ‘Cowardice asks the question, “Is it safe?” Expediency asks the question, “Is it politic?” Vanity asks the question, “Is it popular?” But, conscience asks the question, “Is it right?” And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because one’s […]

A tour in the Highlands of Perthshire

Siobhan Morris, a trainee librarian at the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), writes that during the recent reclassification of the institute’s research library’s Scottish local collections, a pamphlet was discovered entitled A brief account of a tour in the Highlands of Perthshire, July 1818 in a ‘letter to a friend’. The small pamphlet, measuring just 10.5cm […]

French-crown-colour Bard

With Shakespeare’s works being regarded as ‘universal classics’, it is perhaps not surprising that they have so often been staged across the Channel, says French studies lecturer Dr Dominic Glynn, who is leading an exploration of the Bard from a French perspective at Senate House Library on 8 June, 11–6pm. Earlier this month I attended […]