SAS in the media

It’s 30 years since Cuito Cuanavale. How the battle redefined southern Africa

Monday 29 May 2017
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Professor Keith Somerville , senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), remembers the battle at Cuito Cuanavale in Southern Angola. Writing in The Conversation , he explains how the conflict, which took place 30 years ago, redefined South Africa.

Model wine-tasting

Saturday 27 May 2017
Institute of Philosophy
The Warburg Institute and the Institute of Philosophy’s ( IP ) two-day interactive ‘TA(s)TE at Tate’ event, at London’s Tate Exchange on 27–28 April, is highlighted in The Telegraph (register to read in full). The article, ‘Knock your taste buds into shape’, focuses on Professor Barry Smith’s (IP director) exploration of the idea that we taste in shapes.

IHR’s 'Layers of London' project on BBC Radio London

Saturday 27 May 2017
Institute of Historical Research
Seif El Rashidi, project development officer for the Institute of Historical Research’s ( IHR ) ‘ Layers of London ’ project, was a guest on BBC Radio London’s Robert Elms programme (starts at 1:12:20). He described the project and its new website which allows people to create and interact with many different ‘layers’ of London’s history from the Romans to the present day.

Populism on the rise as South Africa and Namibia gear up to elect new presidents

Thursday 25 May 2017
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Professor Henning Melber , senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), discusses South Africa and Namibia’s slide into populism in The Conversation . Meanwhile, in a post on the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation’s blog , he highlights the little-known connection between the former UN Secretary-General and trailblazing journalist, Pauline Frederick.

Senate House Library praised in the media

Tuesday 23 May 2017
Senate House Library
Senate House Library ( SHL ) is judged by Metro to be one of the ‘10 beautiful libraries to visit across the UK’, and features in a Londonist news item about those that are situated in London. The article singles out the library’s leather-sofa-furnished Reading Room for praise describing it as the ‘most impressive space of all, perfect for curling up with a book (or for a sneaky nap).’ SHL is also applauded in a Secret London feature entitled ‘9 of London’s most beautiful reading spots’.  

Wave of rhino killings points to shifting poaching patterns in South Africa

Tuesday 23 May 2017
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Professor Keith Somerville , senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), discusses South Africa’s continuing rhino poaching problem in The Conversation . He believes that a wave of rhino killings points to shifting poaching patterns, which the police and wildlife authorities are struggling to contain. ‘The ability of criminal syndicates to evolve their operations to take account of improvements in security in some areas suggests a shifting and complex war between anti-poaching units and the poachers, weighted in favour of the killers and smugglers.’

What happens when eat chillies?

Friday 19 May 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 ), features on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme (at 02:55:40), explaining what the chemical irritant, capsaicin, does to us when we eat chillies.

Living Proust

Friday 19 May 2017
School of Advanced Study
An article in the Times Literary Supplement ( TLS ) applauds the recent Living Proust ‘immersive lecturing’ event for the way it stretched the ‘intellects, imaginations and stomachs’ of its guests with this analogy: ‘Pigeonholing Proust as a “belle époque writer” might, at first, seem equivalent to putting him in an aquarium, doomed to swim round and round in his own historical waters for ever.

Aristotle got it wrong: we have a lot more than five senses

Tuesday 16 May 2017
Institute of Philosophy
In a wide ranging Irish Times interview Professor Barry C Smith , director of the Institute of Philosophy ( IP ) and founder of the Centre for the Study of the Senses ( CenSes ), touches on how taste works, people’s assumptions about perception, and why ‘armchair’ thinkers who eschew the discoveries of biology and neuroscience are ‘missing fundamental facts about our experience’.

Royal family ties

Tuesday 16 May 2017
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Professor Philip Murphy , director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), responds to a Times story headlined ‘Hidden truth about the royals’ Nazi links’, which he believes raises a ‘broader issue around access to historical documents relating to the British royal family’. In his letter Professor Murphy underlines the importance of a ‘proper historical understanding of how this institution has functioned in our lifetimes’ in any discussion about the future of Britain’s constitutional monarchy.

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