SAS in the media

What the left must learn from Maduro’s failures in Venezuela

Wednesday 2 August 2017
Institute of Latin American Studies
Dr Asa Cusack, associate fellow at the Institute of Latin American Studies ( ILAS ), discusses Venezuela’s government and the country’s political issues in a Guardian article entitled, ‘What the left must learn from Maduro’s failures in Venezuela’.

An anatomy of the black South African 'middle class'

Tuesday 1 August 2017
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Professor Henning Melber , senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), explores the ‘anatomy of the black South African “middle class”’ on the Nordic Africa Institute’s blog .

The philosophy of wine

Sunday 30 July 2017
Institute of Philosophy
Professor Barry C Smith , director of the Institute of Philosophy ( IP ) and founder of the Centre for the Study of the Senses ( CenSes ), discusses the philosophy of wine and taste on The Philosopher’s Zone of Australia’s ABC Radio National .  

Love Henry James: the master

Saturday 29 July 2017
School of Advanced Study
Professor Sarah Churchwell , public engagement chair and professorial fellow in American literature at the Institute of English Studies ( IES ), presented a one-hour Radio 4 documentary ‘ Love Henry James: the master’ , on 29 July as part of the BBC’s celebration of the great early 20th-century novelist. Her interviews with author Colm Toibin and literary biographer Hermione Lee showcase the best of his work and prove that James isn’t just an important novelist, but also a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Looking past the reductionist take on equality

Sunday 23 July 2017
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
James Manor , Emeritus Professor of Commonwealth Studies at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ) and expert on Indian politics, comments on discrimination and equality in The Hindu’s coverage of the 2017 Dr B R Ambedkar international conference. A version of the article appears in the Indian Express and The Times of India .

India elects ‘untouchable’ president from lowest ‘Dalit’ caste

Thursday 20 July 2017
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Dr James Chiriyankandath , senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), is quoted in an NBC News article on the election of Ram Nath Kovind as India’s 14th president who, as a Dalit, is a member of the country’s lowest caste. ‘The real significance’, Dr Chiriyankandath states, ‘is not about caste but rather the expanding influence of the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party), led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and its brand of Hindu nationalism.’ The story also features in the Financial Express and Capital Bay .

Asmara: Africa’s best designed city?

Thursday 20 July 2017
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Martin Plaut , senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), discusses the Eritrean capital Asmara and its peculiar architectural heritage on Monocle 24 Radio . He says Asmara’s colonial Italian architecture, which along with the capital’s odd mix of modernist buildings has recently been added to Unesco’s World Heritage list, was Mussolini’s attempt to ‘remodel Africa’.

Development plan for Africa is patronising

Thursday 20 July 2017
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Professor Henning Melber , senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), dismisses the ‘Marshall Plan with Africa’, which was launched by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development in July, as ‘condescending’ to Africa and Africans. Commenting in a Nordic Africa Institute blog article, he says that while some of the ideas and goals are laudable, a ‘serious development plan would not lump 54 countries with different histories, structures, cultures, needs and problems together believing there is a one-size-fits-all solution.’

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