All posts filed under: Analysis & Comment

Diseases

Reflections on the Covid-19 crisis from the perspective of Latin American history

Earlier in her career, Professor Linda Newson, director of the Institute of Latin American Studies, wrote extensively on the devastating demographic impact of ‘Old World’ diseases in colonial Latin America following the arrival of Europeans. In the current Covid-19 pandemic she is constantly reminded of how many of the issues we face today have parallels […]

Experts

‘Following the science’: the role of experts in historical perspective

Historian Christopher Phillips compares specialist involvement in the Covid-19 crisis with civilian expertise in government during the First World War. Though very different situations, both point to the importance of experts in planning for and responding to an evolving challenge. Both equally demonstrate the constraints placed on outsiders when expertise comes in to close contact […]

Covid-19

Encountering Covid-19: lessons from languages

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.

Monarchy

The threat to a digital ‘brand Windsor’ as Covid-19 disrupts public life

The coronavirus presents the British monarchy with a set of unique short-term and long-term challenges. In this third and final article, written in connection with the release of The Family Firm, Dr Ed Owens reflects on the royal response to the Covid-19 crisis and the consequences of the pandemic for the crown as we look […]

Hackathons

How the lockdown squeezes researchers out into the digital world and ‘hackathons’

As the lockdown continues, Dr Laura Cleaver, senior lecturer in manuscript studies and principal investigator of the European Research Council (ERC)-funded CULTIVATE MSS project at the Institute of English Studies, discusses how her team is keeping connected via database hackathons.

Cinemas

Cinemas in the time of crisis

During Oscars season back in February, Dr Sam Manning argued that cinema’s doom-mongers should look to the past to consider how theatres have dealt with threats, such as the emergence of television. Little did the cinema historian, who is based at Queen’s University Belfast, know then that cinemas would be forced to temporarily shut their […]

Johnson

Why it matters that Boris Johnson thinks ‘there is such a thing as society’

A remark by Boris Johnson, that “there is such a thing as society” in a recent press conference reflects the all-encompassing social impact of the coronavirus pandemic, says Dr Ben Williams, a lecturer in politics and political theory at the University of Salford. But it was also a significant political statement. His carefully chosen words reflect […]