SAS in the media

The idea and form of the 'anecdote'

Friday 7 July 2017
School of Advanced Study
Sarah Churchwell , public engagement chair and professorial fellow in American literature at the Institute of English Studies ( IES ), examines the idea and form of the ‘anecdote’ on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb , and explains why The Great Gatsby was once reviewed as being ‘in form no more than a glorified anecdote'. Professor Churchwell’s contributions are at 08:54–10:06, 14:51–22:33, 25:45–26:33 and 36:23–36:38.  

James Stourton quoted in Royal Academy magazine

Tuesday 4 July 2017
Institute of Historical Research
James Stourton , senior research fellow at the Institute of Historical Research ( IHR ), is quoted in a Royal Academy magazine article entitled ‘What makes a great collection?’

Furniture history: the digital future

Monday 3 July 2017
Institute of Historical Research
Laurie Lindey, a PhD student at the Institute of Historical Research ( IHR ) features in a  Burlington Magazine article on British furniture. Entitled ‘Furniture history: the digital future’, it refers to her thesis which lists the names of 12,000 London furniture makers at work between 1640 and 1720, many more than the 500 contained in the Furniture History Society’s l896 publication, The Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660–1840 .

Reformation: Shattered World, New Beginnings, one of five things to do in July

Saturday 1 July 2017
Senate House Library
Senate House Library’s Reformation: Shattered World, New Beginnings exhibition features in BBC History Magazine’s ‘Five things to do in July’ column. The exhibition, along with a series of events running from 26 June–15 December at Senate House, marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and its impact on England’s history.

Tribute to a Namibian icon: Andimba Toivo ya Toivo

Thursday 29 June 2017
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Professor Henning Melber , senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), has published a tribute to Namibian icon Andimba (Herman) Toivo ya Toivo, in The Conversation . Describing the 92-year-old freedom fighter who led the struggle to liberate Namibia from apartheid South Africa as a ‘moral beacon’, Professor Melber hopes that the hero’s death, on 9 June, will encourage others to become the ‘torchbearers of his values.’

Professor Smith on the joys of food and our reactions to smells

Tuesday 27 June 2017
Institute of Philosophy
Professor Barry C Smith , director of the Institute of Philosophy ( IP ) and founder of the Study for the Centre of the Senses ( CenSes ), discusses salting butter, handling and eating nettles, the smell of goat and reactions to smells on BBC Radio 4’s Kitchen Cabinet programme (at 04:06, 07:07, 09:29, 15:28, 21:30, 26:30).

Consciousness helps us learn quickly in a changing world

Tuesday 27 June 2017
Institute of Philosophy
Dr Eoin Travers , post-doctoral research associate at the Institute of Philosophy ( IP ), discusses human consciousness in the New Scientist , and explains how experiments have shown that there are a surprising number of tasks people can do without the need to be conscious of them.

Material/rearranged/to/be

Saturday 24 June 2017
Warburg Institute
The Warburg Institute’s collaboration with dancer and choreographer Siobhan Davies is highlighted in an Art in Liverpool . com preview of the performance installation, ‘Material/rearranged/to/be’. The installation, which is inspired by Aby Warburg’s exploration of the relationship between mind and body, is on show at Liverpool’s Bluecoat from 1–9 July.

Voiceover guides

Wednesday 21 June 2017
Institute of Philosophy
Research conducted by Dr Ophelia Deroy , deputy director of the Institute of Philosophy ( IP ), and Dr Merle Fairhurst , post-doctoral research fellow, is published in the PLOS ONE scientific magazine. Entitled Voice over: audio-visual congruency and content recall in the gallery set , the study, which took place over three consecutive days at Tate Britain, looks at whether audio-guides help or distract the visitor from enjoying the artefacts in an exhibition.

Qatar’s conflict with its neighbours can easily set the Horn of Africa alight

Monday 19 June 2017
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Martin Plaut , senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), discusses the implications of Qatar’s conflict with its neighbours for the Horn of Africa. In his Conversation article he says it is difficult to predict how events will unfold, but ‘sparks from Arabia can easily set the Horn alight.’ The story has been picked up by AllAfrica.com , The Star (Kenya) and SABC News .

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