SAS in the media

Language: uniquely human

Friday 23 January 2015
Institute of Philosophy
Professor Barry C Smith , director of the Institute of Philosophy (IP) , argues that language is our most important uniquely human attribute.

Monographs have to adapt to keep a place in the future

Friday 23 January 2015
School of Advanced Study
A major report produced by Professor Geoffrey Crossick on monographs and open access in the humanities and social science, has featured in the THE magazine. The article points out that  ‘Monographs and Open Access’  does not make any policy recommendations, but supports the view that open access for monographs offers considerable opportunities and that by the mid-2020s, most are ‘likely to be available digitally’. The report was commissioned by the Higher Education Funding Council for England and published on 22 January 2015. Read the article in THE

The rise of the medical humanities

Friday 23 January 2015
Institute of Philosophy
Professor Colin Blakemore , director of the Institute of Philosophy’s Centre for the Study of the Senses ( CenSes ), has joined the debate about the rise of medical humanities, the interdisciplinary area that explores the social, historical and cultural dimensions of medicine.

Cotton to Gold

Monday 19 January 2015
Institute of English Studies
A riveting exhibition, co-curated by Dr Cynthia Johnston of the Institute of English Studies (IES) has been reviewed in the Standard and the Independent on Sunday . The Cotton to Gold  show at 2 Temple Place, brings together the rare treasures accumulated by a group of Lancashire cotton magnates between 1850 and the First World War. It is described by the Independent on Sunday as representing ‘the extraordinary, often hidden, wealth of provincial collections all over the country.

Professor Andrew Hussey discusses the Charlie Hebdo attacks

Monday 19 January 2015
School of Advanced Study
Professor Andrew Hussey , director of the Centre for Post-Colonial Studies (CPCS ), has been exploring the very complex intermeshing of France's past and present on Channel 4 News and in articles on the BBC News website and in Der Spiegel. While in a cover story for the New Statesman, ‘France's Arab population is divided by an invisible wall’ (available in print and online), Professor Hussey considers the long-term consequences of the Paris attack, in France and Britain. Charlie Hebdo: Attacks carry extra resonance in France  (BBC News) 

What makes us human?

Monday 19 January 2015
Institute of Philosophy
Professor Barry C Smith , director of the Institute of Philosophy (IP) , has been discussing the question, ‘What makes us human?’ for BBC Radio 4’s History of Ideas . During the show, which is hosted by Melvyn Bragg, Professor Smith explains that what makes us human is ‘the fact that we speak our minds and our capacity for language to do that, allows us to know our own and others minds in a way that no other animals do.' Listen to the full debate

What's in a look?

Friday 16 January 2015
Institute of Philosophy
Professor Barry C Smith , director of the Institute of Philosophy (IP) , has taken part in a BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking  programme exploring the way we look at art.

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  

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