SAS in the media

Professor Smith on the effects of sound and music on our perception of taste and flavour

Friday 9 June 2017
Institute of Philosophy
Professor Barry C Smith , director of the Institute of Philosophy ( IP ) and founder of the Centre for the Study of the Senses ( CenSes ), is interviewed on BBC Radio Gloucester (from 44 mins). In the report from the Cheltenham Science Festival, Professor Smith talks about the effect that sound and music has on our perception of taste and flavour and explains why combining public engagement and research is such a good thing.

South African politics and Germany’s and Namibia’s negotiations over atrocities in South West Africa during 1904–8

Friday 9 June 2017
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Professor Henning Melber , senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), delves into Southern African politics in The Namibian and Nordic Shades of Africa . Meanwhile, on The Nordic Africa Institute’s blog , he discusses Germany’s and Namibia’s negotiations over atrocities in South West Africa during 1904–8, and highlights the fact that European governments are following them closely. He believes the case could ‘open up a Pandora’s box for other former colonial powers.’

Professor Rylance’s appointment as dean of the School of Advanced Study highlighted in THE

Thursday 8 June 2017
School of Advanced Study
Professor Rick Rylance’s appointment as the School’s new dean is highlighted in the Times Higher Education magazine ( THE ). The nib also mentions his position as pro vice-chancellor for research at the University of London and includes his quote: ‘SAS is central not only to the academic mission of the University of London, but also to the humanities across the UK in what inevitably will be testing times. The school will continue to be a powerful voice for the country’s spectacular achievements in the humanities and the value they bring to our national and inter­national lives.’

Directory of Rare Book and Special Collections reviewed in TLS

Wednesday 7 June 2017
Senate House Library
The Directory of Rare Book and Special Collections in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland , edited by Institute of English Studies ( IES )’ research fellow and Senate House Library ( SHL ) staff member Dr Karen Attar , is reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement . Written by Professor William Baker of Northern Illinois University, it describes the Directory as a ‘phenomenal administrative achievement’.

Dr Constantin Stefanou interviewed on Greek national radio

Tuesday 6 June 2017
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Dr Constantin Stefanou , director of the Sir William Dale Centre at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies ( IALS ), discusses Brexit and the election campaign on the Greek national ERT Radio’s ‘Voice of Greece’ programme. Interview (MP3) .  

Professor Churchwell on Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize and the position of academics in an ‘era of increasing anti-intellectualism’

Tuesday 6 June 2017
School of Advanced Study
Professor Sarah Churchwell , public engagement chair and professorial fellow in American literature at the Institute of English Studies ( IES ), discusses Bob Dylan and his Nobel Prize lecture on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme (at 53:23), while over at BBC.com , her defence of the position of academics in an ‘era of increasing anti-intellectualism’ is judged one of the highlights of the recent Hay Festival.   

Democracy is looking sickly across southern Africa

Monday 5 June 2017
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Professor Henning Melber , senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), examines the current political turmoil in some southern Africa countries in The Conversation . The article, ‘Democracy is looking sickly across southern Africa’, looks at the ‘undemocratic policies permeating almost every one of region’s democracies’ including South Africa, Angola, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Lesotho and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

Professor Smith comments on European funding post-Brexit and explains how music affects our taste

Saturday 3 June 2017
Institute of Philosophy
Professor Barry C Smith , director of the Institute of Philosophy ( IP ) and founder of the Centre for the Study of the Senses ( CenSes ), is quoted in a Research Fortnight article highlighting a report commissioned by the UK’s national academies, which has found that the social sciences and arts and humanities will suffer the most if Britain loses access to European funding programmes after Brexit.

Dr Damien Short speaks bout indigenous rights

Friday 2 June 2017
Human Rights Consortium
Dr Damien Short , director of the Human Rights Consortium ( HRC ) and Reader in Human Rights, discusses global indigenous rights on BBC World News and explains why he believes the Australian indigenous leaders are rejecting the idea of constitutional recognition. Interview (MP4)

Diaries of TS Eliot’s first wife reveal her torment at the end of their marriage

Friday 2 June 2017
Institute of English Studies
Professor John Haffenden , senior research fellow at the Institute of English Studies ( IES ), explains in The Guardian that the latest of the 20 planned volumes devoted to TS Eliot, expands further on the deteriorating mind of the writer’s wife, Vivien Haigh-Wood. He says the material in The Letters of TS Eliot: Volume 7 ‘gives in the fullest possible detail Vivien’s side of the story, by way of her letters to legal advisers and family and friends. The collection also quotes extensively from Vivien’s amazingly detailed, angst-ridden, confused diaries.

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