SAS in the media

Qatar’s conflict with its neighbours can easily set the Horn of Africa alight

Monday 19 June 2017
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Martin Plaut , senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), discusses the implications of Qatar’s conflict with its neighbours for the Horn of Africa. In his Conversation article he says it is difficult to predict how events will unfold, but ‘sparks from Arabia can easily set the Horn alight.’ The story has been picked up by AllAfrica.com , The Star (Kenya) and SABC News .

SAS on BBC’s ‘Britain’s Greatest Invention’ show

Thursday 15 June 2017
Institute of Philosophy
The Centre for the Study of the Senses ( CenSes ) featured on BBC Two’s Britain's Greatest Invention programme. Live from the Science Museum, Professor Barry Smith , director of the Institute of Philosophy and CenSes founder, along with colleagues from Professor Manos Tsakiris’ BIAS project team at the Warburg Institute , were seen measuring Sir Trevor McDonald's emotional reactions to powerful TV moments. The programme also featured CenSes director Professor Colin Blakemore , who spoke about the smart phone’s influence on us.

Arthur, Catherine and Henry: a story of early Tudor triumph and tragedy

Wednesday 14 June 2017
Institute of Historical Research
The Institute of Historical Research ( IHR ) is highlighted in a BBC History Magazine article by Dr Sean Cunningham (co-convenor of its Late Medieval Seminar) entitled ‘Arthur, Catherine and Henry: a story of early Tudor triumph and tragedy’.

Professor Murphy explains why Theresa May is going to have a really difficult time

Friday 9 June 2017
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Professor Philip Murphy , director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), gives his opinion on last week’s general election results and Theresa May’s political future. Speaking on CBS News Radio San Francisco, he explains why she is going to have a really difficult time and why he thinks the partnership with the DUP is a ‘ recipe for confusion’. Listen to the interview

No land in sight

Friday 9 June 2017
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Professor Henning Melber , senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), writes on the Development and Corporation blog that land ownership in Namibia remains unfairly distributed despite independence since 1990, and ‘ it is indisputable’ that the present situation is a result of German colonial rule.  

How we doubled the representation of female classical scholars on Wikipedia

Friday 9 June 2017
Institute of Classical Studies
Dr Victoria Leonard, research associate at the Institute of Classical Studies ( ICS ), explains, in the Times Higher Education magazine ( THE ) , how the Women's Classical Committee has doubled the representation of female classical scholars on Wikipedia, and why such online activism is important.

Professor Smith on the effects of sound and music on our perception of taste and flavour

Friday 9 June 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 ), is interviewed on BBC Radio Gloucester (from 44 mins). In the report from the Cheltenham Science Festival, Professor Smith talks about the effect that sound and music has on our perception of taste and flavour and explains why combining public engagement and research is such a good thing.

South African politics and Germany’s and Namibia’s negotiations over atrocities in South West Africa during 1904–8

Friday 9 June 2017
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Professor Henning Melber , senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), delves into Southern African politics in The Namibian and Nordic Shades of Africa . Meanwhile, on The Nordic Africa Institute’s blog , he discusses Germany’s and Namibia’s negotiations over atrocities in South West Africa during 1904–8, and highlights the fact that European governments are following them closely. He believes the case could ‘open up a Pandora’s box for other former colonial powers.’

Professor Rylance’s appointment as dean of the School of Advanced Study highlighted in THE

Thursday 8 June 2017
School of Advanced Study
Professor Rick Rylance’s appointment as the School’s new dean is highlighted in the Times Higher Education magazine ( THE ). The nib also mentions his position as pro vice-chancellor for research at the University of London and includes his quote: ‘SAS is central not only to the academic mission of the University of London, but also to the humanities across the UK in what inevitably will be testing times. The school will continue to be a powerful voice for the country’s spectacular achievements in the humanities and the value they bring to our national and inter­national lives.’

Directory of Rare Book and Special Collections reviewed in TLS

Wednesday 7 June 2017
Senate House Library
The Directory of Rare Book and Special Collections in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland , edited by Institute of English Studies ( IES )’ research fellow and Senate House Library ( SHL ) staff member Dr Karen Attar , is reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement . Written by Professor William Baker of Northern Illinois University, it describes the Directory as a ‘phenomenal administrative achievement’.

Pages