Black British history lecturer Dr Hannah Elias, remembers Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s 1964 visit to London where he commanded a 4,000-strong congregation at St Paul’s Cathedral, that bulwark of national and imperial memory which was also a site of radical conversations.
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 […]
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.
Professor Philip Murphy, director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, reports on a conference urging the governments of Commonwealth member states to take concrete action and put the issue of press freedom high on their list of priorities. How serious is the Commonwealth about media freedom? This was the question we attempted to answer at […]
Martin Plaut, a senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, remembers Dr Abdullah Abdurahman, a leading political voice among South Africa’s ‘coloured’ community whose passionate advocacy changed the course of the country’s legislation and history.
The legal and social pressures exerted on LGBTQ+ people to suppress their desire and loves may have had success in the eyes of their oppressors. But the subcultures it created are rich and varied and recorded in ways that don’t take much to research and share. And an engaging cross-section of these revelations, from small […]
Professor Nando Sigona from the University of Birmingham analyses the results of ‘EU families and Eurochildren in Brexiting Britain’, a study investigating the fragility of the legal position of EU citizens in the UK.
Dr Felicity Daly reflects on the first Global Feminist LBQ Women’s* Conference, which took place last month in Cape Town, South Africa.
Professor Philip Murphy, director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, welcomes a new generation of Commonwealth activists who are using established legal and constitutional tools to tackle its ‘imperial-era homophobic laws’.
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 […]