The Legal Records at Risk scheme at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies ( IALS ), is described by the Law Gazette as a ‘bold and audacious’ project. The article includes quotes from Clare Cowling , the project’s director, who also features in a Counsel Magazine article in which she warns that, without a national strategy to preserve and save records held in barristers’ chambers, the Bar could lose its distinct legal heritage
SAS in the media
Dr Pablo José Castillo Ortiz, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS ) visiting research fellow, analyses Brexit’s impact on the promotion of democracy and human rights. Writing in the Eurasia Review , he says the UK is a ‘major diplomatic, military and economic power, and a consolidated democracy that provides political inspiration world-wide. Brexit has the potential to weaken the capacity of both the EU and the UK to promote their shared values.’
Professor Xolela Mangcu, Emeka Anyaoku chair in Commonwealth studies at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), argues in the Times Higher Education ( THE ) magazine that more attention to race in South African universities would benefit both black and white students. He notes that since the end of apartheid Michel Foucault has been included on the syllabus, while a whole tradition of black intellectual writing in South Africa, going back to the 1830s, is still largely neglected.
Professor Andrew Hussey , director of the Centre for Postcolonial Studies ( CPS ), features in the Jewish Chronicle discussing what is called ‘the new antisemitism’ in France. His 2014 publication about colonisation and its modern consequences – The French Intifada: The Long War Between France and Its Arabs – Professor Hussey’s – is now available in Dutch.
Professor Sarah Churchwell , public engagement chair and professorial fellow in American literature at the Institute of English Studies ( IES ), considers, in the Royal Academy magazine , the cultural and political backdrop to Depression Era art.
Professor Philip Murphy , director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), features in a Newsweek Europe article which asks, ‘What’s the point of Gambia rejoining the Commonwealth?’. According to Professor Murphy, it was probably better for Gambia that it was not a member of the Commonwealth during the recent crisis. However, he says that, on balance, the advantages to being a member of a still-prestigious institution – which includes other continental powers such as Nigeria and South Africa – outweigh any potential accusations of neo-colonialism.
Professor Barry C Smith , Institute of Philosophy ( IP ) director and founder of the Centre for the Study of the Senses ( CenSes ), discusses Eduardo Paolozzi on BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking programme. The artist’s work features in a new retrospective exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery (16 February–14 May).
Professor Sarah Churchwell , public engagement chair and professorial fellow in American literature at the Institute of English Studies ( IES ), runs through the explicit and prescient warnings about fascism in American literature and the arts for the Keeping Democracy Alive media outlet.
Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ) alumna Gaia Marcus tells the Independent that last year 26,000 young people in the UK were registered as officially ‘homeless’, but Freedom of Information returns confirm that an estimated 150,000 asked their local authority for help. Writing as Centrepoint's youth homelessness databank manager, she points out that in an age of ever-smaller public sector budgets, data have become crucial in deciding how the government spends taxpayer’s money. Therefore, she says, ‘many of the “hidden homeless” are not appearing in government statistics.
Professor Sarah Churchwell , public engagement chair and professorial fellow in American literature at the Institute of English Studies ( IES ), explores the literary works of the USA’s mid-west on BBC Radio 4’s Open Book programme (from 11:17), and reviews ‘ A Rather Haunted Life ’, Ruth Franklyn’s autobiography of the writer Shirley Jackson, for The Guardian .