Why do irrational beliefs spread so easily? Lisa Bortolotti, professor of philosophy at the University of Birmingham, revisits her project, The Epistemic Innocence of Imperfect Cognitions, part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Science in Culture Theme led by the Institute of Philosophy.
Hyenas, the antithesis of gorgeous, graceful African wildlife, needs a rebrand. Ahead of the publication of his new book, ‘Humans and Hyenas: Monsters or Misunderstood’, Professor Keith Somerville says it is time to replace the myths with a more accurate representation.
Rare books curator, Dr Karen Attar, turns her attention to a Senate House Library tome which concentrates on singing – Isaac Watts’s ‘The Psalms of David Imitated in the Language of the New Testament’.
Challenging the male canon means recognising that women’s writing is not a genre reserved for women readers, and that there are no ‘women’s topics’, says Dr Godela Weiss-Sussex, co-director of the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing (CCWW).
Known for its steep, defined, fragile and mysterious landscape, the Himalayas, the third pole, recently witnessed a devastating flood. Dr Rahul Ranjan, a political anthropologist at Oslo Metropolitan University, explores the emotional impact of the disaster.
Investigating Lesbian responses to the natural world, particularly the ‘back to the land’ movements of the late-20th century, Professor Nancy C Unger, author of Beyond Nature’s Housekeepers: American Women in Environmental History, considers how LGBTQ+ experiences have long-inspired the exploration of alternative paradigms for living with nature.
Over the past nine years, the white and black rhino populations of the Kruger National Park have plummeted by 66.4 and 64.5 per cent respectively. Professor Keith Somerville, a writer and lecturer on African affairs, reveals the crisis behind the figures.
When donors bequeath collections to libraries, they sometimes also leave money to develop the collections on the lines on which they were begun. Depending on the amount left, purchases may continue indefinitely, or the capital may be spent, and trust fund closed. Dr Karen Attar, Senate House Library’s curator of rare books and university art, […]
Graham McKerrow, a contributor to ‘Queer Between the Covers’ (University of London Press, May 2021), looks at Operation Tiger, the British state’s attempt in the 1980s to prohibit the importation of all queer books, newspapers and magazines, including the latest information about the health crisis then devastating the community.
Dr Christopher Ohge delves into the multiple levels and meanings of a classic piece of American literature.