SAS in the media

Steve digs deep to find out about garden's past

Thursday 21 January 2016
Institute of Historical Research
The Institute of Historical Research's ( IHR )  MA in Garden and Landscape History  is praised in a Gloucestershire Echo interview with former student, Steve Quinton. Now head gardener of Painswick Rococo Garden, he believes understanding the past puts his job into perspective giving him a ‘better insight as to what went on in this garden and why they designed things in certain ways.’

The village in the jungle

Tuesday 19 January 2016
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Dr Shihan De Silva Jayasuriya , senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), shares her views on Leonard Woolf’s ‘The Village in the Jungle’, in the Sri Lanka Daily News . ‘His narratives’, she explains ‘are difficult to interpret because there are elements of duality and ambivalence in his attitude to colonial rule’, but ‘as a seminal work in Colonial literature, it is widely appreciated particularly by Sri Lankans who are familiar with the setting of the novel.’

Being Human in the media

Monday 18 January 2016
School of Advanced Study
Being Human , the School of Advanced Study’s ( SAS ) national festival of the humanities that ran from 12 to 22 November 2015, is highlighted in a New York Times article about human-chicken interactions research, and in the Newcastle Journal as the inspiration for a forthcoming ‘Saints in glass’ event at the city’s St Nicholas Cathedral.

Obama standing tall says ICWS research fellow

Friday 15 January 2016
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Sir Ronald Sanders , senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), comments in Caribbean News Now on the US president’s recent speech to Congress. He said ‘The Obama before them was not the rookie usurper so many in the establishment politics of Washington had resented when he was elected, despite them, on a wave of popular support.

Professor Barry Smith in Research Fortnight

Thursday 14 January 2016
Institute of Philosophy
Professor Barry Smith , director of the Institute of Philosophy ( IP ) , features in two Research Fortnight articles [in print].

Keep calm and carry on

Wednesday 13 January 2016
Institute of English Studies
Professor Simon Eliot , professor of English studies at the Institute of English Studies ( IES ), explains in The Guardian that contrary to the view that the Keep Calm poster was not mass produced until 2008, the IES’s Ministry of Information research project has established that some 2.45m copies were passed to local distribution centres by early autumn 1939. He says ‘The campaign had raised many doubts in the minds of those in the MOI and was scrapped after just four weeks.

Are we blinded by our love of history?

Tuesday 12 January 2016
Institute of Historical Research
Daniel Snowman , senior research fellow at the Institute of Historical Research ( IHR ), wonders in BBC History Today [print edition] if we are blinded by our love of history, and hopes that in an increasingly ‘present-oriented’ age, debate about the present and future will be properly buttressed by an informed awareness of all that has preceded it. ‘When people use the past to address contemporary concerns, they often cite highly selective history, invoking it to bolster present-day attitudes.’

Professor Sarah Churchwell reveal her favourite David Bowie song

Tuesday 12 January 2016
School of Advanced Study
Professor Sarah Churchwell, the School of Advanced Study’s ( SAS ) chair in public understanding of the humanities, tells The Independent that, in the 1980s, ‘Changes’ was her favourite David Bowie song. ‘“Turn and face the strange”: is there a better piece of advice for an adolescent – or anyone?’ she asks.

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.

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