SAS in the media

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.

It’s 30 years since Cuito Cuanavale. How the battle redefined southern Africa

Monday 29 May 2017
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Professor Keith Somerville , senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), remembers the battle at Cuito Cuanavale in Southern Angola. Writing in The Conversation , he explains how the conflict, which took place 30 years ago, redefined South Africa.

IHR’s 'Layers of London' project on BBC Radio London

Saturday 27 May 2017
Institute of Historical Research
Seif El Rashidi, project development officer for the Institute of Historical Research’s ( IHR ) ‘ Layers of London ’ project, was a guest on BBC Radio London’s Robert Elms programme (starts at 1:12:20). He described the project and its new website which allows people to create and interact with many different ‘layers’ of London’s history from the Romans to the present day.

Model wine-tasting

Saturday 27 May 2017
Institute of Philosophy
The Warburg Institute and the Institute of Philosophy’s ( IP ) two-day interactive ‘TA(s)TE at Tate’ event, at London’s Tate Exchange on 27–28 April, is highlighted in The Telegraph (register to read in full). The article, ‘Knock your taste buds into shape’, focuses on Professor Barry Smith’s (IP director) exploration of the idea that we taste in shapes.

Populism on the rise as South Africa and Namibia gear up to elect new presidents

Thursday 25 May 2017
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Professor Henning Melber , senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), discusses South Africa and Namibia’s slide into populism in The Conversation . Meanwhile, in a post on the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation’s blog , he highlights the little-known connection between the former UN Secretary-General and trailblazing journalist, Pauline Frederick.

Pages