All posts filed under: Interviews

Kepler’s Trial: out of many disciplines, one opera

Kepler’s Trial, an opera based on The Astronomer and the Witch by Professor Ulinka Rublack, tells the extraordinary story of Katharina Kepler (1546–1622), whose celebrated astronomer son, Johannes, defended her against accusations of witchcraft. It is the culmination of a highly unusual creative process, in which a team of leading scholars met regularly to explore […]

David Dabydeen: a series like ‘Roots’ would help the British public understand indentureship

Begun in 1834 and abolished in 1917, the system of indenture created Indian diasporic communities in three continents. Professor David Dabydeen, a pioneer of Indian-Caribbean studies as a discipline in the UK and a leading poet of the Indian-Caribbean experience, is co-convenor of the forthcoming Indenture Abolition Centenary conference. Below, he explains why it is […]

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:

SAS programme hopes for head start with ‘mind sourcing’

Dr Mattia Gallotti, manager of ‘The Human Mind Project’ at the School of Advanced Study, discusses the launch of the first Grand Challenges Public Consultation on the key questions in the study of the mind. Open to early-career and established researchers, and the general public, the Grand Challenge is a chance for everybody to suggest […]

Wartime propaganda that ran its own Cool Britannia

Image: © Shutterstock The Second World War has been the subject of many books, documentaries and films, creating a large popular memory of wartime campaigns such as ‘Make do and mend’ and ‘Dig for victory’. Dr Christopher Bannister, a historian at the Institute of English Studies at the School of Advanced Study, has discovered a relatively […]

The philosopher who tries to do things the Athenian way

Moral philosopher Dr Simon Beard, discusses existential risk mitigation and why he is standing in next month’s general election. Tell us about yourself I recently completed my PhD in philosophy from the London School of Economics, and am currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk in Cambridge. […]

Rethinking forced migration: gang violence in Latin America

Image: bus burned by gang members in El Salvador. ES James/Shutterstock.com The level of violence in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala in recent years has been second only to Syria – but unlike Syria, they are not countries at war. Criminal violence in the ‘northern triangle’, as this Central American region is called, is having […]