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 […]
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 […]
Image: Tati Nova/Shutterstock The 3 G Network conference, ‘Imagining the Guyanas: ecologies of memory and movement’, is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the history, culture and peoples of the three Guyanas – Guyana, Suriname and French Guyana. Sonya Rahaman, whose heritage is part Guyanese, has long been inspired by, and curious and intrigued […]
Image: Horace Barker as King John from a postcard of the Bury St Edmunds Historical Pageant (1907), by permission of the St Edmundsbury Heritage Service. October 2016 marks the octocentenary of the death of King John, the ruler who gave us Magna Carta. Dr Alexander Hutton, who has been researching historical pageants in 20th-century Britain, has […]
Blitz spirit: air raid damage in Britain during the Second World War © IWM (HU 36220A) Katherine Howells, a doctoral candidate on the Institute of English Studies and King’s College London Ministry of Information project, A publishing and communications history of the Ministry of Information, 1939–45, reports on what she discovered while researching people’s written thoughts […]
With historical Hansard fully searchable by speaker and party for the first time, thanks to the ‘Digging into Linked Parliamentary Data’ project based at the Institute of Historical Research, it is now possible easily to explore how particular issues have been discussed in the House of Commons over decades and even centuries, explains Jane Winters, […]
Image created using tagxedo.com Dr James Hadley, researcher in translation/translingual studies at the School of Advanced Study, gives a taster of a ground-breaking new project on the world of legal translation that is bringing together the expertise of the Institute of Modern Languages Research and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.
The New Generation Thinkers scheme is an annual competition run jointly by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and BBC Radio 3 to give ten early career researchers from across the arts and humanities the chance to get their research onto broadcast media. Dr Naomi Paxton (below right), cultural engagement fellow at the School […]
Dr Fay Hield conducts a burgeoning performance career alongside one as a University of Sheffield academic. The award-winning folk singer explains how a BMus in folk and traditional music gave her the academic bug.
Live Twitter commentary and Q&As – both official and unofficial – have become a feature of historical TV programming. What opportunities can this format offer academics? How does it break down conventional hierarchies, and how does it create new ones? What are the uses of history in the present day and how does live tweeting […]