SAS in the media

India elects ‘untouchable’ president from lowest ‘Dalit’ caste

Thursday 20 July 2017
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Dr James Chiriyankandath , senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), is quoted in an NBC News article on the election of Ram Nath Kovind as India’s 14th president who, as a Dalit, is a member of the country’s lowest caste. ‘The real significance’, Dr Chiriyankandath states, ‘is not about caste but rather the expanding influence of the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party), led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and its brand of Hindu nationalism.’ The story also features in the Financial Express and Capital Bay .

Asmara: Africa’s best designed city?

Thursday 20 July 2017
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Martin Plaut , senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), discusses the Eritrean capital Asmara and its peculiar architectural heritage on Monocle 24 Radio . He says Asmara’s colonial Italian architecture, which along with the capital’s odd mix of modernist buildings has recently been added to Unesco’s World Heritage list, was Mussolini’s attempt to ‘remodel Africa’.

Artificial sound can alter how a person perceive their body

Tuesday 18 July 2017
Institute of Philosophy
A study by Dr Ophelia Deroy , researcher at the Institute of Philosophy ( IP ), and Dr Merle Fairhurst , post-doctoral research fellow, which provides t he first evidence that an artificial sound can alter how a person perceives their own body is published by Scientific Reports . ‘ Contingent sounds change the mental representation of one’s finger length’ was conducted in collaboration with UCL and the University of Warwick.

The gentle touch

Tuesday 18 July 2017
SAS Space
Professor Sarah Churchwell , public engagement chair and professorial fellow in American literature at the Institute of English Studies ( IES ), explores the charms of the novelist Henry James in the Radio Times.   She also uses the article to introduce ‘Love Henry James: the master’, her forthcoming Radio 4 documentary, which airs on 27 July, 11.30am.  

Martin Plaut’s blog a ‘real find’

Monday 17 July 2017
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Martin Plaut’s blog is voted ‘blog of the month’ by The Good Web Guide , which describes it as a ‘real find’. The Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ) senior research fellow regularly publishes in-depth contemporary or historical articles mainly focused on Africa.  

Do spy agencies hold answer to Dag Hammarskjold's death? UN wants to know

Saturday 15 July 2017
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Details and quotes from ‘ Who Killed Hammarskjold?: The UN, the Cold War and White  Supremacy in Africa ’ by Dr Susan Williams , senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), are used by the New York Times to inform its article, ‘Do spy agencies hold answer to Dag Hammarskjold's death? UN wants to know’. The story, picked up by ACQ Magazine , the International New York Times and The Bulletin ,  The Bulletin, is triggered by the UN inquiry, which is completing its report this month.

For a few refugees, safe passage to Europe

Friday 14 July 2017
Human Rights Consortium
Dr Mariagiulia Giuffrè, Refugee Law Initiative ( RLI ) research fellow, comments on the EU’s refugee strategy in the Politico  Europe article ‘For a few refugees, safe passage to Europe’. The problem, she says, is ‘that the EU strategy is mainly focused on containing the influx of migrants and refugees beyond borders before they can be entitled to the whole set of rights granted by our legislation’.

Meet the member

Friday 14 July 2017
School of Advanced Study
The School of Advanced Study’s publications team is this week’s featured publisher in the ‘Meet the Member’ section of the Independent Publishers’ Guild website . The question-and- answer piece highlights the department’s work and the challenges faced by small specialist publishers.

Professor Geoffrey Alderman interviewed by THE

Thursday 13 July 2017
Institute of Historical Research
Professor Geoffrey Alderman, senior fellow at the Institute of Historical Research ( IHR ), discusses poverty, political correctness ‘gone mad’ and the comfort of whisky, in the Times Higher Education ( THE ) magazine.

Google pay academics millions for key support

Thursday 13 July 2017
Institute of Philosophy
Professor Colin Blakemore , director of the Centre for the Study of the Senses ( CenSes ), is quoted in a Times article entitled, ‘Google pays academics millions for key support’. A version of the story features in The Australian (behind a paywall).

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