SAS in the media

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.

Swedish academia is no meritocracy

Thursday 1 June 2017
Institute of English Studies
Dr Johan A Warodell, postdoctoral visiting research fellow at the Institute of English Studies ( IES ), has co-written an opinion piece in the Times Higher Education ( THE ) magazine, calling for a change to the way academics are hired in Swedish universities.

Professor Davies hazards a guess at the meaning of Trump’s ‘covfefe’ tweet

Wednesday 31 May 2017
Institute of Modern Languages Research
Professor Catherine Davies , director of the Institute of Modern Languages Research ( IMLR ), gives her thoughts on Donald Trump’s bewildering 'Despite negative press covfefe' midnight tweet. She hazarded a guess on CBS Radio San Francisco , that ‘covfefe’ was an acronym meaning, 'Carry on victorious for ever and ever'.   Interview (MP3)

The Handmaid’s Tale reassessed

Wednesday 31 May 2017
School of Advanced Study
Professor Sarah Churchwell reassesses The Handmaid’s Tale , Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel currently being serialised on Channel 4 . Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row programme (from 10:01), the public engagement chair and professorial fellow in American literature at the Institute of English Studies ( IES ), debates its significance, and considers to what extent the television adaption lives up to the book.

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