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The empire of sentiment: a lesson in myth emotion and the abiding legacy of arrogant paternalism

Because of his ‘ubiquity in the media and his bombastic, bullying buffoonery’ it is easy to take pot shots at Boris Johnson, says Professor Keith Somerville. However, he will not let this ease of task put him off his aim to use the foreign secretary’s highly offensive remarks about Africa to illustrate how the myths […]

Shakespeare scintillation: Senate House Library’s first folios

Image: Spine of the Sterling first folio What, one might wonder, remains to be said about any single known Shakespeare first folios? Have not Anthony West’s 2003 detailed twenty-first censuses, alone and with Eric Rasmussen’s 2011 publication covered everything? Not quite, says Dr Karan Attar, and both the Senate House Library first folios have repaid […]

Kane from Canada

Jane Roberts is a senior research fellow in the School of Advanced Study’s Institute of English Studies (IES) and emeritus professor of English language and medieval literature, University of London. She has recently published Kane from Canada, the memoir of George Kane (1916-2008) edited with his daughter, Mary Kane. Share this article:

Invoking Nello: a conversation on CLR James

American geographer, author and travel writer Joshua Jelly-Schapiro takes Adom Philogene Heron on a journey through the Caribbean while discussing his new book, Island People, and the late CLR James whose personal papers are housed in Senate House Library.   Share this article:

Chile and the Inter-American Human Rights System

Sebastián Smart, Karinna Fernandez and Cristian Peña, co-editors of the recently-published ‘Chile and the Inter-American Human Rights System’, provides an overview of its contents which shed light on some of the Chilean state’s human rights violations affecting indigenous peoples, victims of torture and the LGBTI community. Share this article:

Introducing the Caribbean Collections Project

Caribbeanist anthropologist Dr Adom Philogene Heron, who is curating a review of the Caribbean studies holdings held by Senate House Library (SHL) and the libraries of the Institute of Historical Research and Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, offers an introduction to The Caribbean Collection Project and SHL’s rich holdings in kinship and gender, his areas […]

‘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 […]