SAS in the media

Mandela debate previewed in South African press

Thursday 20 November 2014
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
The forthcoming  Mandela: myth and reality  conference organised by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, has been put in the spotlight by the South African media. An article on Politicsweb, which focusses on the news and politics in the region, said of the December event: ‘Mandela's contribution to South Africa's re-integration in the international system, after decades of ostracism, will once again go under the microscope and be examined by some of the people who played large and small roles in the liberation of South Africa.

Professor Barry Smith comments on the philosophy of good taste and the importance of our sense of smell

Wednesday 19 November 2014
Institute of Philosophy
Professor Barry C Smith , Director of the Institute of Philosophy and Leadership Fellow for the AHRC Science in Culture Theme has been featured in A History of Ideas , a new BBC Radio 4 series with Melyvn Bragg. In the first programme: What is Beauty? four thinkers discussed their answers and the next day (18 November), Professor Smith spoke on the Philosophy of Good Taste,  exploring David Hume’s theory of good taste. The 18th-century philosopher argued that it required dedication, knowledge and expertise to appreciate beauty.

Inaugural Anthony Davis Book Collecting Prize featured in THE

Wednesday 5 November 2014
School of Advanced Study
Student book-collecting prizes, run by universities or their libraries, took a long time to reach the UK. They seem to have started in Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania in the 1920s and are now fairly common in American universities. Yet it was not until 2006 that they reached our shores. According to a recent article in THE, they are growing in popularity, and the inaugural Anthony Davis Prize, which is supported by Senate House Library is part of this trend. Read the article in full  

British doctors leaving to work in NZ

Wednesday 5 November 2014
School of Advanced Study
Every year, around 1,500 British trained doctors apply to work in New Zealand and this is causing concern in Britain's National Health Service. Professor Robin Gauld, the 2014 NZ-UK Link Foundation Visiting Professor, currently based at the School of Advanced study has been researching this phenomenon for a number of years.

Human rights experts leads fracking debate

Thursday 30 October 2014
Human Rights Consortium
Although only a small area of land has been offered to companies exploring the potential for fracking in the UK so far, much more is likely to come. But opposition to fracking is growing – and growing fast. More than 180 local groups are already in operation, which is somewhat inconvenient for a government wanting to go ‘all out for shale’.

Institute of Historical Research ‘Utopian Universities’ conference featured in the media

Thursday 30 October 2014
Institute of Historical Research
One of the great educational experiments of the 1960s was put under the academic spotlight in a conference at the Institute of Historical Research . Utopian Universities: a 50-year retrospective focused on the seven ‘new universities’ that were created over a four-year period (Sussex, East Anglia, York, Lancaster, Kent, Essex and Warwick). All were notable for their willingness to rethink what a university should look like, how and what it should teach, and how it should be governed. Read the full article in the Times Higher Education

Science and the world of gastronomy

Tuesday 28 October 2014
School of Advanced Study
The latest Institute of Philosophy London Gastronomy Seminar brought an audience of 300 to Senate House and was later mentioned on BBC Radio 4 when its key attraction, author Harold McGee, was interviewed on the Food Programme . His book, On food and cooking – the science and law of the kitchen , published in 1984, conflated science, culture and literature and inspired a new generation of chefs, including Heston Blumenthal who says, 'My whole approach to cooking changed.' In the programme, Harold McGee revealed how the application of science to the world of gastronom

Being Human: a festival of the humanities featured in Time Out

Tuesday 28 October 2014
School of Advanced Study
Being Human: a festival of the humanities  (led by the School of Advanced Study and supported by the Arts & Humanities Research Council  and the British Academy ) has been featured in Time Out ahead of its launch on 15 November. Read the full article here. 

Professor Andrew Hussey on Guy Debord

Tuesday 28 October 2014
School of Advanced Study
Professor Hussey , director of the Centre for Post-Colonial Studies, has just launched a new book on Guy Debord, the 1960s leader of the French Situationists avant-garde group of artists, writers and intellectuals. The book (with a preface by Will Self) is called ' Guy Debord et Son Héritage Punk'. It has been described by Professor Hussey in a recent interview on French Radio Nova as 'a biography and an account of Debord 's influence on British cultural movements’.  Listen to the interview (in French) here.

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