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 […]
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.
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 […]
Image: IHR’s pop-up portrait exhibition of London women historians Despite two wide-ranging feminist movements, the position of women historians – both as subjects of historical study, and as modern-day researchers and teachers – still leaves much to be desired, says PhD student, Rozemarijn van de Wal.
Dr Cynthia Johnston discusses the benefits of the ‘academic partnership’ between the Institute of English Studies and the Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, which she says has resulted in the rediscovery of a major research resource in the UK. In 2014, the Institute of English Studies (IES) and the Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery embarked […]
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 […]
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: White rhino in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa South Africa’s long-awaited statistical report on rhino poaching reveal a 10.3 per cent dip in the numbers illegally killed in 2016 compared to the previous year. However, the picture is far from straightforward, explains Professor Keith Somerville.
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 […]