SAS in the media

Modi’s challenge does not stop in Uttar Pradesh

Monday 13 March 2017
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Professor James Manor , emeritus professor of Commonwealth studies at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), comments on Narendra Modi’s stunning election victory in Uttar Pradesh, India's largest state. Writing in the Nikkei Asian Review he says this is no small triumph and hopes the prime minister uses his ‘enhanced authority to push through economic reforms.’

Professor Murphy discusses the Commonwealth on the BBC

Monday 13 March 2017
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Professor Philip Murphy , director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), explains to the BBC (from 2:29) that the British government has a rather ambivalent relationship with the Commonwealth, which connects 2.5 billion people. Speaking outside Westminster Abbey (see below), he also pointed out why he thinks the organisation as it is currently organised needs to reform. 

Dr Sue Onslow takes part in BBC's Commonwealth Day coverage

Monday 13 March 2017
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Dr Sue Onslow , senior lecturer and deputy director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), took part in yesterday’s BBC live coverage of the Commonwealth Day remembrance service at Westminster Abbey. During her analysis of the 52-nation organisation, its history and the Queen’s role, Dr Onslow argued that in today’s world of division and conflict, the Commonwealth is more important than ever.

Professor Hussey discusses the history of France’s relationship with its ex colonies

Sunday 12 March 2017
School of Advanced Study
The French Intifada: The Long War between France and its Arabs by Professor Andrew Hussey , director of the Centre for Postcolonial Studies ( CPS ), is highlighted on Dutch national radio and in a De Standaard interview ( in Dutch, PDF attached ) with the author. In the piece Professor Hussey talks about the history of France’s relationship with its ex colonies and publications that are in the pipeline.

Is this the end of Britain as a place of sanctuary for refugees?

Saturday 11 March 2017
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Martin Plaut , senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), responds, in The Guardian , to the Home Office’s suggestion that refugees could have their permanent residency reviewed, and possibly revoked, after five years. In the article, ‘Is this the end of Britain as a place of sanctuary for refugees?’, he recalls his own positive immigrant experience and ‘enormous sense of relief’ on landing at Heathrow from South Africa in 1977.

The illusion of sense

Friday 10 March 2017
Institute of Philosophy
Institute of Philosophy ( IP ) director, Professor Barry C Smith and the institute’s deputy director Dr Ophelia Deroy , debate the limits of perception with philosopher, Rupert Read and closure theorist Hilary Lawson, on The Institute of Arts and Ideas TV . The panel members, chaired by Professor Smith, were tasked to consider questions such as ‘Might our senses be radically limited? Are science and logic routes to escape our sensory limitations, or is feeling the rain on our skin the closest we get to truth?’

What I want you to know

Wednesday 8 March 2017
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Becca Bunce, Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ) alumna, calls fellow feminists to arms in a Stylist magazine spread marking International Women’s Day. The article is entitled ‘What I want you to know: four feminists give their call to arms in honour of International Women’s Day’. 

Why ‘empire 2.0’ won’t save us post-Brexit

Tuesday 7 March 2017
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
‘A Commonwealth free trade area is neither likely nor desirable’, a paper published in 2012 by Sir Ronald Sanders , senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), is used to inform a Vice UK article asking whether a shared culture between Commonwealth nations make them more likely to trade with each other than with non-Commonwealth countries.

Five screen goddesses

Monday 6 March 2017
School of Advanced Study
Professor Sarah Churchwell , public engagement chair and professorial fellow in American literature at the Institute of English Studies (IES), describes the spell that female film stars of the 1930s and '40s have cast over her, in the Five Screen Goddesses series for BBC Radio 3’s The Essay. Part of International Women’s Day, the programmes will run, 6–10 March beginning with Katherine Hepburn , the so-called ‘ice queen’, followed by Barbara Stanwyck , Jean Harlow , Joan Crawford and Bette Davis .

The Caesars’ secret service

Friday 3 March 2017
Institute of Classical Studies
Professor Greg Woolf , director of the Institute of Classical Studies ( ICS ), reviews Praetorian: The Rise and Fall of Rome's Imperial Bodyguard , Guy de la Bedoyere’s up-to-date history of these Roman guards, for the Wall Street Journal (behind a paywall, PDF attached).

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