SAS in the media

Soap operas will not wash for wildlife

Thursday 15 April 2021
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Professor Keith Somerville , a senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), is the lead author of a paper published in the prestigious journal People and Nature entitled ‘ Soap operas will not wash for wildlife ’.

British book collector's private treasures now public trust

Monday 12 April 2021
Institute of English Studies
A British Book Collector by Dr Cynthia Johnston , lecturer in History of the Book at the Institute of English Studies ( IES ), has been reviewed by Fine Books Magazine . Published by University of London Press, it explores in depth the bibliophile, R.E Hart, and his collection at the Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery.  

Prof Murphy on Prince Philip's connection with the Commonwealth

Saturday 10 April 2021
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Professor Philip Murphy , director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), paid tribute to Prince Philip on the BBC World Service Business Matters programme's discussion on his connection with the Commonwealth, on BBC Radio 4, Hawai’i Public Radio and Player.fm .

Serendipity interrupted

Thursday 8 April 2021
Warburg Institute
Manos Tsakiris , professor of psychology at the Warburg Institute , has published an opinion piece in the Athens-based publication Ekathimerini entitled ‘ Serendipity interrupted: a life without social accidents ’. It analyses the broader aspects of serendipity and whether the 'world we will re-enter once the pandemic is over may feel less social as we take our first tentative steps outside. Will it also be less spontaneous? Let’s hope that life’s capital of chance hasn’t been exhausted and that the whirlwind serendipity of our social world will welcome us back before too long.'

Europe's Covid vaccine fiasco continues

Thursday 8 April 2021
School of Advanced Study
Professor Andrew Hussey , a cultural historian at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, commented, in Yahoo! News , on France’s slow Covid-19 vaccine rollout and the impact it has had on him and his fellow Parisians who he says 'are very angry and frustrated.

Professor Damien Short on the human cost of climate change and ecological collapse

Thursday 8 April 2021
Human Rights Consortium
Professor Damien Short , co-director of the Human Rights Consortium ( HRC ) at the School of Advanced Study, is one of the signatories to a statement by 24 leading genocide scholars and human rights practitioners warning that billions of people could die as a result of climate and ecological collapse. Published on Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), it featured in The Armenian Weekly and HyeTert .

Prof Churchwell's comments used to inform article on history of US fascism

Thursday 8 April 2021
School of Advanced Study
Material from Professor Sarah Churchwell’s New York Review essay on American fascism has been used to inform the Inkstick Media article ‘ How fascism survives: is the United States immune?’ . Professor Churchwell, public engagement chair at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, and American literature professorial fellow at the Institute of English Studies (IES), has been longlisted for the 2021 Orwell Prize for Journalism for her writing on the former US president Donald Trump and the history of fascism in America.

Prof Smith discusses the meaning of taste and why things taste nice

Monday 5 April 2021
Institute of Philosophy
Professor Barry Smith , director of the Institute of Philosophy ( IP ) and sensory expert, explains, on BBC Radio Northampton (from 1:08:34), why things taste nice and what taste means. Meanwhile, in the New Statesman and Times Radio (from 02:36:12–02:52:25), he discusses smell training and what we lose when smell deserts us, and in The Washington Post (behind a paywall), he revisits his contributions to a new cookbook that uses science-based recipes to stimulate the senses; these could help long-Covid patients who struggle with their taste and smell.

The complex process of citizen-led legislative initiatives

Monday 29 March 2021
Institute of Modern Languages Research
Dr Ainhoa Montoya , senior lecturer and director of the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies ( CLACS ) at the School of Advanced Study's Institute of Modern Languages Research ( IMLR ), has published an article in the Journal of Latin American Studies entitled ' On Care for our common home: ecological materiality and sovereignty over the Lempa Transboundary Watershed '. It explores the complex process of citizen-led legislative initiatives to protect a key Central American watershed from socioenvironmental degradation.

Prof Woolf discusses his new book on how humans evolved into urban dwellers

Monday 22 March 2021
Institute of Classical Studies
On 22 March, Professor Greg Woolf , director of the Institute of Classical Studies ( ICS ), appeared on Australia’s Radio National to discuss his new book The Life and Death of Ancient Cities: a natural history which looks at how humans evolved into urban dwellers. The interview is still available here .

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