SAS in the media

When your creative juices bring nothing but trouble

Friday 8 January 2016
Institute of English Studies
Professor Sarah Churchwell, professorial fellow in American literature at the Institute of English Studies ( IES ) and the School of Advanced Study’s ( SAS ) chair in public understanding of the humanities, explains in the Financial Times [behind a paywall] why writers frequently miss deadlines. Sympathising with authors such as George R. R.

French tactics against Islamic State ‘clumsy’

Thursday 7 January 2016
School of Advanced Study
Professor Andrew Hussey , director of the Centre for Postcolonial Studies ( CPS ), describes the French tactics against Islamic State as ‘clumsy’ in a Channel 4 News  interview (at 04:48) focusing on Paris’s terrorist-related incidents. Meanwhile, a Politics.co.uk  article about the French government’s assault on ‘liberté’ in the wake of these attacks, quotes him as saying ‘as an English person’ this was the first time ‘I understood these ideals weren't abstractions.

Can you encapsulate the last half century of Africa’s history in a single book?

Thursday 7 January 2016
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Keith Somerville’s  (senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ) new book, ‘ Africa's long road since independence: the many histories of a continent ’, is described in a review in AllAfrica.com  as having some limitations, but also is a title that ‘rightly deserves to be on university reading lists’.

Sir Edwin Durning-Lawrence: a Baconian and his books

Wednesday 6 January 2016
Institute of English Studies
An article by Dr Karen Attar , associate research fellow at the Institute of English Studies ( IES ), about Senate House Library’s Durning-Lawrence special collections, features in The Library . Titled ‘Sir Edwin Durning-Lawrence: a Baconian and his books’, it is one of nine about private libraries and collecting selected from 107 considered for special mention in this pre-eminent journal for scholars of bibliography and the book’s the role in history.

Work is a four letter word

Saturday 2 January 2016
School of Advanced Study
Professor Andrew Hussey , director of the Centre for Postcolonial Studies ( CPS ), discusses the belief that a strong work ethic is a positive thing, and that by contrast idle hands are the devil's playthings. Taking part in BBC Radio 4’s Work is a four letter word , he says this makes little sense. His powerful counter-argument by navigates the ideas of, among others, Bertrand Russell, John Ruskin and the Situationists in France, whose graffiti slogan 'Ne Travaillez Jamais' – never work – still appears regularly on Parisian streets.

A passport to save the economy

Monday 28 December 2015
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Sir Ronald Sander s, senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ) comments in Caribbean News Now on the ‘citizenship by investment programmes’ operating in some Caribbean countries, and the prospects of economic growth and social development for the English-speaking region in 2016, which he says are ‘not bright’. A version of the ‘economic growth’ story appears in the Jamaica Observer .

Should we concrete over these 'dark tourist' monuments?

Monday 28 December 2015
Institute of Historical Research
Daniel Snowman , senior research fellow at the Institute of Historical Research ( IHR ), discusses the importance of retaining some awareness of our history in The Jewish Chronicle and whether out of deference to the dead, ‘dark tourist’ monuments and sites such as Auschwitz and the nearby Birkenau, should be ‘allowed to disappear with the passage of time’.

Africa: livelihoods v Lions

Thursday 24 December 2015
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Keith Somerville , senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), analyses, in AllArica.com , Africa’s unresolved problems of aligning wildlife conservation and habitat protection with rural livelihoods. Highlighting the poisoning of eight lions by Maasai herders illegally grazing their cattle in Kenya's Maasai Mara National Game Reserve, he says the country must ‘address the real issues of protecting the Mara and its lions and not opt for quick, cosmetic solutions that do not dig down and get to the roots of the problem.’

Condition: the ageing of art

Thursday 24 December 2015
Warburg Institute
‘Condition: the ageing of art ’ by Dr Paul Taylor , curator of The Warburg Institute photograph collection, has made the Evening Standard’s best art and design book list. The article, which dubs Dr Taylor an ‘expert’s expert’, describes the book as an ‘engrossing paperback that will teach you never to look at an Old Master painting in the same way again.’

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