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 […]
Universities across the world have been witnessing an increase in student-led resistance to rightwing politics. However, this is not a new phenomenon says PhD student, Rahul Ranjan. In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s shock election win, students across the US protested against the victory and any form of intolerant policies they believed rightwing politics are […]
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 […]
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 […]
Hall of Mirrors, Palace of Versailles: ©Avillfoto / Shutterstock Yellow-gold swagged curtains, glimpsed in the first pictures from the Trump administration’s official duties in the Oval Office, have fuelled speculation over whether America’s new president will bring his signature taste in interior design to the White House. Robert Wellington, lecturer in art history and visual culture at […]
Image: Frenchman’s Cove, Porland, Jamaica © Merlin John Author, blogger and columnist Montague Kobbé, examines the enduring appeal of Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys’ postcolonial novel and one of the great prequels of world literature. When Jean Rhys published Wide Sargasso Sea in 1966 she was 75 years old, the same age as Bob Dylan […]
Mary Going, a PhD researcher at the University of Sheffield, discusses The Blood of the Vampire, a unique novel creating a female vampire that offers something different to Dracula, Lucy Westenra and Carmilla. She believes the novel deserves a place within the tradition of vampire fiction, and argues that, without Harriet Brandt, something is lost […]
What does it mean to be normal? Dr Sarah Chaney talks about the history of being normal, cultural relativity and how the concept of normality has changed over time. ‘Am I normal?’ seems to be a defining question in modern western culture, across every area of human life and experience, in health and illness. But […]
Dr Dominic Glynn was invited to speak about the Elena Ferrante furore at the recent Battle of Ideas festival at the Barbican. Here, he summarises his thinking on a subject that has sent pulses racing.