SAS in the media

What happens when eat chillies?

Friday 19 May 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 ), features on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme (at 02:55:40), explaining what the chemical irritant, capsaicin, does to us when we eat chillies.

Living Proust

Friday 19 May 2017
School of Advanced Study
An article in the Times Literary Supplement ( TLS ) applauds the recent Living Proust ‘immersive lecturing’ event for the way it stretched the ‘intellects, imaginations and stomachs’ of its guests with this analogy: ‘Pigeonholing Proust as a “belle époque writer” might, at first, seem equivalent to putting him in an aquarium, doomed to swim round and round in his own historical waters for ever.

Aristotle got it wrong: we have a lot more than five senses

Tuesday 16 May 2017
Institute of Philosophy
In a wide ranging Irish Times interview Professor Barry C Smith , director of the Institute of Philosophy ( IP ) and founder of the Centre for the Study of the Senses ( CenSes ), touches on how taste works, people’s assumptions about perception, and why ‘armchair’ thinkers who eschew the discoveries of biology and neuroscience are ‘missing fundamental facts about our experience’.

Royal family ties

Tuesday 16 May 2017
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Professor Philip Murphy , director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), responds to a Times story headlined ‘Hidden truth about the royals’ Nazi links’, which he believes raises a ‘broader issue around access to historical documents relating to the British royal family’. In his letter Professor Murphy underlines the importance of a ‘proper historical understanding of how this institution has functioned in our lifetimes’ in any discussion about the future of Britain’s constitutional monarchy.

SHL hosts Caine Prize for African writing

Tuesday 16 May 2017
Senate House Library
Senate House Library’s ( SHL ) hosting of this year’s Caine Prize for African Writing awards ceremony is highlighted in The Bookseller and on AllAfrica.com .

How T. S. Eliot's time as a university lecturer shaped his writing

Monday 15 May 2017
Institute of English Studies
Professor Ronald Schuchard , senior research fellow at the Institute of English Studies ( IES ), looks at how T. S. Eliot’s time at the University of London shaped his work. His article in the Times Higher Education magazine was written ahead of last night’s (16 May) University of London International programmes’ inaugural 1858 Charter Lecture, entitled ‘Eliot in the Wartime Classroom 1916–1919’. The event included a reading of the poet’s Four Quartets by Jeremy Irons, one of the UK’s most distinguished actors.

When history is set in stone

Sunday 14 May 2017
Institute of Historical Research
Professor Lawrence Goldman’s forthcoming talk at the British Library (9 June) about the ‘use and abuse of American history’ is highlighted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the State Journal . The Institute of Historical Research ( IHR ) director will discuss the history of American radicalism and assess its future in the age of Donald Trump.

Out of time: F Scott Fitzgerald and an America in decline

Sunday 14 May 2017
School of Advanced Study
Professor Sarah Churchwell reviews two new publications that focus on F Scott Fitzgerald – ‘ I’d Die For You: and Other Lost Stories’ and ‘Paradise Lost: a Life of F Scott Fitzgerald ’. Writing in the New Statesman , the public engagement chair and professorial fellow in American literature at the Institute of English Studies ( IES ) says both the new biography and the collection of stories show the great novelist’s grasp of history and his place in it.

How to taste wine and pair foods

Tuesday 9 May 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 ( SenSes ), explains on BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet programme how to taste wine, including smelling the cork, and how to pair foods.

Old habits, new habits

Monday 8 May 2017
Institute of Philosophy
Nicholas Shea , professor of philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy ( IP ), was interviewed by BBC Radio on themes arising from his Arts and Humanities Research Council project at the institute and King’s College London. The programme, Habit, explores the contrast between habitual behaviour and making decisions using conscious deliberate reasoning. It was broadcast as part of the BBC World Service’s long-running ‘The Why Factor’ series and is available as a podcast here

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