SAS in the media

The public has a right to memory

Tuesday 30 June 2015
School of Advanced Study
Professor Lorna Hughes ,  the School’s chair in digital humanities, writes in OpenDemocracy.net that, from broadcasting to libraries and museums, digitisation is revolutionising the way we enjoy and share heritage. But, she says it’s worth pausing to think about what impact this will have before we embark on the great adventure of building the Digital Public Space.

Being Human continues to attract media attention

Tuesday 30 June 2015
School of Advanced Study
The launch of the 2015  Being Human festival of the humanities has garnered both national and regional media coverage, with pieces in T he Times [behind a paywall], Times Higher Education ( THE ), BBC Radio Devon , Exeter’s Express and Echo and more. Articles specifically focused on the funding awarded to 41 higher education and cultural institutions to put on events for this year’s event.

The Palace of Westminster: repairs, renovations and moving out

Tuesday 30 June 2015
Institute of Historical Research
Rebekah Moore, Institute of Historical Research ( IHR ) doctoral student, wonders in History Today whether the cost and extent of required repairs at the Houses of Parliament will force it out of its traditional home. In ‘The Palace of Westminster: repairs, renovations and moving out’, she says a report suggests that if MPs and Lords remained in the Palace, the repairs would cost £5.7 billion over the course of 32 years. However, if the building was vacated, the cost would be reduced to £3.5 billion over six years. Read the story in History Today  

Sniffing out the next big thing in chocolate and gobstoppers

Tuesday 30 June 2015
Institute of Philosophy
Professor Barry C. Smith , director of the Institute of Philosophy ( IP ), is quoted in a BBC News article discussing whether an artificial nose can analyse food in the same way as a human one. He says that up to 80 per cent of the flavours we taste come from what we smell and any smelling machine could only be used alongside a human tasting panel to identify the best tastes. The art of the master blender will remain a necessary skill. ‘Technology still can't do better than that,’ says Professor Smith. Read the story in  BBC News

The Commonwealth’s future

Tuesday 30 June 2015
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Sir Ronald Sanders , senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), discusses ‘the future of the Commonwealth’ in the Jamaica Observer .

New book on Boko Haram

Tuesday 30 June 2015
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Keith Somerville, Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ) senior research fellow, has published a review of a new book about Nigeria’s Islamist Boko Haram group. On Individual.com he describes ‘Boko Haram - Nigeria's Islamist Insurgency’ as a ‘well-researched and well written work of reference’ which ‘explodes many of the myths about the group, providing historical, religious, cultural and socio-economic context’. Read the review on Individual.com  

Local journalism is under threat – here are some ways we can save it

Thursday 18 June 2015
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
In an article for The Conversation Dr Judith Townend , director of the Centre for Law and Information Policy ( CLIP ), Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, highlights the cloud of anxiety hanging over the UK’s local journalists. She says they complain about being under-resourced and understaffed, coming under relentless pressure from management and having to rely on news agency material. ‘If the current government wants to enhance freedom of expression by helping local and investigative journalism thrive, it would do well to look beyond the commercial marketplace.

Eat insects for fun, not to help the environment

Monday 1 June 2015
Institute of Philosophy
Dr Ophelia Deroy , associate director of the Institute of Philosophy ( IP ) and researcher at the Centre for the Study of the Senses ( CenSes ), has written a piece about her research for Nature, the international weekly journal of science. In her editorial, Dr Deroy comments on former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan's argument that ‘eating insects is good for the environment and balanced diets’ saying, 'Turning westerners into insectivores has joined the long list of challenges that require behaviour change.

A dish by any other shape

Monday 1 June 2015
Institute of Philosophy
Research conducted at last year’s Being Human Festival , and led by Dr Ophelia Deroy , associate director of the Institute of Philosophy ( IP ) and researcher at the Centre for the Study of the Senses ( CenSes ) and Dr Merle Fairhurst IP research fellow, has been published in the open access journal Flavour and highlighted in  BioMed Central blogs. The article, ‘A dish by any other shape, would not have tasted as sweet’, explains that the way we see our food can alter the way we think it tastes.

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