Research librarian Colin Homiski, previews the Salon Voltaire event held by Senate House Library with contributions from the Institute of Modern Languages Research, The Warburg Institute, and the Institute of English Studies. Our Salon will offer an evening of readings and performances accompanied with food and wine. Drawing upon the talents and scholarly interests of the Institutes of […]
First created in the 1980s, Black History Month takes place each October with a host of events to acknowledge the presence of black people in the UK and their contributions to history, culture and society. Due to the pandemic some events will also be held online and all are listed on the Black History Month website. Here […]
Ahead of July’s Playing with Prose workshop, actor Jack Tarlton discusses his first experience of running a virtual theatre workshop as the world went into lockdown – and reflects on the ways on which it connected students around the world.
Ahead of her 30 May livestreamed concert as part of the OWRI Cross-Language Dynamics project at the Institute of Modern Languages Research, harpist Tamsin Dearnley reflects on her experiences moving between different musical traditions in Britain, France and Japan – and the extent to which music behaves like spoken language.
As increasing numbers of epidemiologists and journalists highlight the UK government’s consistently missed opportunities to tackle the spread of Covid-19, Dr Joseph Ford, early career researcher at the Institute of Modern Languages Research, wonders why questions about the role of language and narrativisation have yet to be asked.
Thirty years after the Cold War barrier was removed, Dr João Florêncio, a lecturer at the University of Exeter, and Ben Miller, a writer and researcher, consider the origins of the ‘legend of Berlin’ and how the newly undivided city provided queer folk spaces to explore sex, intimacy and belonging.
Dr Philip Mansel, research fellow at the Institute of Historical Research and author of ‘King of the World: the Life of Louis XIV’, previews his forthcoming lecture ‘The Sun King and the Sultan: Louis XIV and the Ottoman Empire’, which takes place on 22 October at the Royal Asiatic Society, London.
‘Decolonisation’ has become a buzzword. However, few of those who deploy the term know much about its history, and perhaps more surprisingly, the same is true for ‘enlightenment’. This blissful tandem of historical ignorance is not as innocent as it appears. For many of today’s ‘postcolonial’ and ‘decolonial’ critical theorists and activists, the Enlightenment is the […]
Kaoru Akagawa, a Master of Japanese calligraphy and guardian of the Kana Shodo (Women Hand) script, discusses her work and why it is her ‘duty to preserve this old tradition’ and bring it to the world’s attention. As a guest of the Book and Print Initiative at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, […]
To celebrate National Writing Day, the Book and Print Initiative at the Institute of English Studies has invited Kaoru Akagawa to tell the story of Kana Shodo, a forgotten female script. It was developed and used by noblewomen to express themselves freely within the constraints of 10th-century Japanese court life. Kaoru Akagawa, a designated Master […]
State pensions are the largest item in the UK social security budget. It is estimated to cost £91.6 billion in 2016/17, with 12.9 million recipients paid an average of £7,100 each. Enormous wealth is also managed by the trustees of occupational pension schemes on behalf of members to whom distributions are eventually made as a […]