SAS in the media

Death is the ultimate intimacy

Monday 12 January 2015
Institute of Latin American Studies
Dr Asa Cusack , stipendiary fellow at the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) has written an opinion piece for the Huffington Post on the ethics involved in representing violent deaths in the news. In ‘Death Is the Ultimate Intimacy’ (which has been picked up by other news outlets) he argues that by showing the video of the shooting to death of French policeman Ahmed Merabet, the media has stripped him of his dignity.

Liberty, equality and fraternity

Monday 12 January 2015
School of Advanced Study
A quote from Professor Andrew Hussey’s   acclaimed The French Intifada , has been used in an article in the Financial Times . In the book published last year, the director of the Centre for Post-Colonial Studies (CPCS) described France as ‘the world capital of liberty, equality and fraternity . . . under attack from the angry and dispossessed heirs to the French colonial project’. Read the full article in the FT

Top tips for how to get published

Thursday 8 January 2015
Institute of Historical Research
Professor Jane Winters , head of digital publications at the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) , has contributed to the Guardian article, ‘How to get published in an academic journal: top tips’. One way to overcome some of the hurdles, according to Professor Winters, is for academic writers to make sure that it is clear where their research ‘sits within the wider scholarly landscape, and which gaps in knowledge it’s addressing.’ Read the full article  

Cooking the perfect Christmas dinner

Thursday 8 January 2015
Institute of Philosophy
Dr Ophelia Deroy , Associate Director of the Institute of Philosophy (IP) has featured on BBC Radio Five’s The Naked Scientists talking about the science of the perfect Christmas dinner. As well as explaining how the smell and appearance of the food can help to enhance enjoyment, Dr Deroy revealed that those who hate Brussels sprouts can be tricked into liking the classic Christmas side dish. Serve them on a red plate – it’ll bring out the sweeter flavours of the vegetable.  The podcast is available here  

Professors Barry Smith and Jane Winters featured in THE

Thursday 8 January 2015
School of Advanced Study
Professor Barry C Smith , Director of the Institute of Philosophy (IP) and Jane Winters , Professor of digital history and head of digital publications at the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) , have been interviewed by the Times Higher Education magazine.

Attack on the tradition of Parisian wit

Thursday 8 January 2015
School of Advanced Study
Professor Andrew Hussey , director of the Centre for Post-Colonial Studies (CPCS)  and an expert in European and North African relations, has been commenting on the attack on French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo for BBC 2 Newsnight , the New York Time s and the Observer . In ‘Has French secularism encouraged Islamic militancy’ for BBC 2 Newsnight (at 30.38), Professor Hussey explained that, the French suburbs are not simmering away with hatred and radical Islamist, but the conditions ‘are there for alienation to take place’.

Champagne, jazz and the smell of petrol

Thursday 8 January 2015
Institute of Philosophy
Professor Barry C Smith , Director of the Institute of Philosophy , has been quoted in the Guardian and the Mail on Sunday . In the Guardian article, ‘The truth about alcohol, from gin tears to champagne hangovers’, Professor Smith said not only is there evidence that the bubbles in champagne can cause you to get drunk quicker, enjoyment is affected by music.

Dr Susan Williams comments on fresh inquiry into 1961 Dag Hammarskjöld crash

Tuesday 16 December 2014
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Dr Susan Williams , senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies , has been quoted in a Guardian story on ‘one of the great political mysteries of the 60s’ – the death of United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld in a plane crash in the British colony of Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia). The article, ‘UN poised to open fresh inquiry into 1961 Dag Hammarskjöld crash’, says Dr Williams’s 2011 book, Who Killed Hammarskjöld?

Myth and realities of South Africa’s first black president

Monday 15 December 2014
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
The Mandela: myth and reality seminar, held by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies on the first anniversary of the death of South Africa’s first black president, has featured in the media. The report, which runs for more than 20 minutes on Germany’s Deutsch Welle AfricaLink radio station, said delegates were divided on many issues including one that won’t go away – whether or not Mandela was a member of the South African Communist Party.  Listen to the report (at 16.33 on the programme)  - 

Thousands flee violence in Latin America

Monday 15 December 2014
Human Rights Consortium
Dr David Canto r, director of the Refugee Law Initiative and a specialist on displacement and armed conflict in Colombia, has been extensively quoted in a feature in Perspective , the humanitarian and international affairs magazine. In Thousands flee violence in Latin America, he explains that the massive spike in unaccompanied minors entering the US is just ‘the tip of the iceberg of a new humanitarian crisis in the region’.

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