SAS in the media

Love Henry James: the master

Saturday 29 July 2017
School of Advanced Study
Professor Sarah Churchwell , public engagement chair and professorial fellow in American literature at the Institute of English Studies ( IES ), presented a one-hour Radio 4 documentary ‘ Love Henry James: the master’ , on 29 July as part of the BBC’s celebration of the great early 20th-century novelist. Her interviews with author Colm Toibin and literary biographer Hermione Lee showcase the best of his work and prove that James isn’t just an important novelist, but also a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Looking past the reductionist take on equality

Sunday 23 July 2017
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
James Manor , Emeritus Professor of Commonwealth Studies at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ) and expert on Indian politics, comments on discrimination and equality in The Hindu’s coverage of the 2017 Dr B R Ambedkar international conference. A version of the article appears in the Indian Express and The Times of India .

Development plan for Africa is patronising

Thursday 20 July 2017
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Professor Henning Melber , senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), dismisses the ‘Marshall Plan with Africa’, which was launched by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development in July, as ‘condescending’ to Africa and Africans. Commenting in a Nordic Africa Institute blog article, he says that while some of the ideas and goals are laudable, a ‘serious development plan would not lump 54 countries with different histories, structures, cultures, needs and problems together believing there is a one-size-fits-all solution.’

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.

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