Mari Takayanagi has worked in the Parliamentary Archives in London in various roles including public services, outreach, preservation and access, since 2000. She has a particular interest in the history of women and parliament, and is currently involved in projects to mark 100 years of women and the vote in 2018, and women in the […]
Hall of Mirrors, Palace of Versailles: ©Avillfoto / Shutterstock Yellow-gold swagged curtains, glimpsed in the first pictures from the Trump administration’s official duties in the Oval Office, have fuelled speculation over whether America’s new president will bring his signature taste in interior design to the White House. Robert Wellington, lecturer in art history and visual culture at […]
Mary Going, a PhD researcher at the University of Sheffield, discusses The Blood of the Vampire, a unique novel creating a female vampire that offers something different to Dracula, Lucy Westenra and Carmilla. She believes the novel deserves a place within the tradition of vampire fiction, and argues that, without Harriet Brandt, something is lost […]
What was it like for people in the past before home pregnancy testing was available? Dr Isabel Davis, senior lecturer in medieval and Renaissance literature at Birkbeck, University of London, looks at the history of conception during the 18th and 19th centuries through two very interesting case studies – a pad for simulating pregnancy and an […]
Dr Elizabeth Savage is British Academy postdoctoral fellow and lecturer in book history and communications at the Institute of English Studies (IES), a member of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study. In 2016, she won the Wolfgang Ratjen Award for distinguished research in the field of graphic art, and Printing Colour 1400-1700: Histories, […]
We wanted to know a bit more about the phantasmagoric fear-fest at the University of Dundee hub, which is part of the School of Advanced Study’s Being Human festival of the humanities. Based on the works of author H G Wells, its offering includes an autopsy on Dundee’s first alien specimen, a subversive stroll through Dundee […]
Are the humanities in crisis? Professor Rick Rylance, director of the Institute of English Studies at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study, discusses the intricacies of the current climate around the humanities, laying out the hopes and fears of those working in the field and placing them in context and perspective.
Dr Dominic Glynn was invited to speak about the Elena Ferrante furore at the recent Battle of Ideas festival at the Barbican. Here, he summarises his thinking on a subject that has sent pulses racing.
Dr Michael Eades, who curates the School of Advanced Study’s national Being Human festival of the humanities, provide a glimpse at the events in the 2016 programme. Our theme for the 2016 Being Human festival is ‘Hope and Fear’. We couldn’t have known how well chosen it would be. This has been a year in which fears around […]
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 […]