SAS in the media

Without historiography, history is a bloodless pursuit

Friday 21 April 2017
Institute of Historical Research
The Institute of Historical Research’s ( IHR ) March discussion on Richard J Evans’ latest book,  The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914 , is highlighted in a History Today (behind a paywall) article entitled ‘Historiography is one of the essential tools for unlocking the past. Without it, history is a bloodless pursuit’.

John Updike’s Rabbit, Run – another American story of men escaping women

Friday 21 April 2017
School of Advanced Study
Professor Sarah Churchwell , public engagement chair and professorial fellow in American literature at the Institute of English Studies ( IES ), revisits John Updike’s 1960 novel, Rabbit, Run. Writing in The Guardian under the headline, ‘John Updike’s Rabbit, Run – another American story of men escaping women’, she sums it up as a work ‘ruminating on the costs of patriarchal society that is partly limited by the very limits it depicts, but cannot quite overcome. The incompleteness remains, while the novel endures.’

Celebrating diversity against racism

Thursday 20 April 2017
Institute of Historical Research
The Institute of Historical Research’s ( IHR ) ‘The battle of Wood Green 40 years on. Assessing the impact of anti-fascism’ seminar has been highlighted in more than 20 of London’s local newspapers. They include the Richmond and Twickenham Times , the Surrey Comet , Your Local Guardian , Enfield and Haringey Independent , Hillingdon Times , Bucks Free Press, Ealing Times, Wandsworth Guardian and the Wimbledon Guardian .

Are we blinded by our love of history?

Thursday 20 April 2017
Institute of Historical Research
Daniel Snowman, senior research fellow at the Institute of Historical Research ( IHR ) argues in the BBC History Magazine that as our obsession with the past has grown, so has the tendency for us to mythologise it – or skew it for our own political purposes. This article first appeared in the magazine’s January 2016 issue.

Professor Smith discusses airplane food and fast track undergraduate degrees

Wednesday 19 April 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 ), states in the Daily Mail that ‘The environment of an aircraft is about the most hostile to having a good dining experience that you could imagine.’ The article has been picked up by the Daily Mail (Ireland), the African Seer , the New Zealand Herald , IOL , The Lad Bible and the Metro .

Sweet land of liberty

Wednesday 12 April 2017
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
James Michael , senior associate research fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies ( IALS ), comments on a TLS piece on the internment of Japanese-Americans during the Second World War, which he says was ‘even more shameful’ than the article suggests.

Professor Churchwell comments of Marilyn Monroe and Sylvia Plath

Wednesday 12 April 2017
School of Advanced Study
Professor Sarah Churchwell , public engagement chair and professorial fellow in American literature at the Institute of English Studies ( IES ), features in the Channel 4 [link expires on 3 May] documentary ‘Marilyn Monroe: auction of a lifetime’. Professor Churchwell’s contributions are at: 12:30–13:50; 27:37–28:00; 34:38–34:49; 34:58–35:20; 37:17–37:44; 40:49–40:57 and 44:30–45:10. Meanwhile, in The Guardian , she comments on the discovery of Sylvia Plath’s letters in an article entitled ‘Sylvia Plath, a voice that can’t be silenced’.

Generous Robert gave much hope from rope

Wednesday 12 April 2017
Institute of English Studies
Dr Cynthia Johnson’s talk on Robert Hart’s collection at Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery is picked up by the Lancashire Telegraph (print). The Institute of English Studies ( IES ) tutor and associate research fellow is working on a project that is designed to preserve and showcase the industrialist’s unique collection of rare artefacts.

The African middle class(es) – in the middle of what?

Tuesday 11 April 2017
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Professor Henning Melber , senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), has an article in the latest issue of the Review of African Political Economy . Entitled The African middle class(es) – in the middle of what? , it examines the background and assumptions of the debate around this middle class phenomenon that has become a popular subject in African studies. A South African edition of his 2016 publication, The Rise of Africa’s Middle Class , is now available.

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