All posts filed under: Researcher Series

Sixteen Stormy Days

Sixteen Stormy Days: an interview with Tripurdaman Singh

Dr Tripurdaman Singh, who holds a British Academy Fellowship at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, has just published his new book Sixteen Stormy Days, exploring one of the pivotal events in Indian political history. As India marks the 70th anniversary of  the passing of its constitution, we caught up with him to learn more.

Middle East

There is more to Middle East politics than ‘tanks, tear gas, and terror’

Dr Dina Rezk, associate professor of modern Middle Eastern history and politics at the University of Reading, would like the conversation about politics and political transitions in the Arab world to be more about the people, and less about ‘tanks, tear gas, and terror’. She is one of ten 2019 New Generation Thinkers whose research will […]

Virtual travel isn’t such a new idea

Image: a picture of Jerusalem from the Nuremberg Chronicle (1493) The explosion of virtual reality (VR) technology is transforming how we think about travel, says Dr Matthew Coneys. With a VR headset and the right app you can enjoy a risk-free ascent of Everest, or visit the Australian outback without the inconvenience of flying halfway around […]

Rediscovering the first film based on F Scott Fitzgerald’s work

During F Scott Fitzgerald’s lifetime, Hollywood released six films based on his works. Below, Martina Mastandrea, whose PhD thesis focuses on the complex relationship between Fitzgerald and these silent film adaptations produced between 1920 and 1926, explains how she rediscovered the first and only extant silent film entirely based on the author’s work.

Can arts and culture boost the nation’s health?

Dr Daisy Fancourt (above), an early-career scientist, talks about her research which focuses on the effects of arts participation on health, the use of the arts within clinical settings, and the psychosocial impact of cultural engagement at an individual and public health level. She is one of the ten 2017 New Generation Thinkers whose research […]

The history of being normal

What does it mean to be normal? Dr Sarah Chaney talks about the history of being normal, cultural relativity and how the concept of normality has changed over time. ‘Am I normal?’ seems to be a defining question in modern western culture, across every area of human life and experience, in health and illness. But […]