All posts tagged: culture

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 […]

Traditional languages

Indigenous languages are essential

Language is the main form of communication and expression between humans. But for Indigenous peoples, explains Cheryl Bellisario, an alumna of the School of Advanced Study’s MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights, it is also intimately and fundamentally intertwined with culture, approaches to life, and their very survival as a group.  

Digital diasporas

Digital diasporas: languages, cultures and communities across borders

Migration and the rapid rise of digital media and communications are arguably two of the defining features of our contemporary age, says Dr Naomi Wells a postdoctoral research associate at the Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR).  While individuals and groups migrating across borders is not a new phenomenon restricted to the present day, we […]


#PoTW: How to respect communities in international development work: languages and cultural knowledge

This free, one-day international conference on 27 June will explore how languages and cultural understanding affect international development, and help to respect communities. Taking place at Senate House from 9am–6pm, it has been organised by the Universities of Reading and Portsmouth, with support from the International NGO Training and Research Centre (INTRAC), and the Institute […]

Introducing the Caribbean Collections Project

Caribbeanist anthropologist Dr Adom Philogene Heron, who is curating a review of the Caribbean studies holdings held by Senate House Library (SHL) and the libraries of the Institute of Historical Research and Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, offers an introduction to The Caribbean Collection Project and SHL’s rich holdings in kinship and gender, his areas […]