PoTW – Paradoxical Languages: Eating Disorders in Contemporary Women’s Writing

Throughout the history of Western culture the relationship between women and food has often been perceived as a metaphor for something else. From the much debated biblical episode of Eve and the apple to postmodern society, women’s eating habits have been read not only as acts of self nourishment but also as a display of… Continue reading PoTW – Paradoxical Languages: Eating Disorders in Contemporary Women’s Writing

PoTW – Ruth First: Não Vamos Esquecer (We Will Not Forget)

The South African revolutionary Ruth First made an extraordinary contribution to activism and radical writing and research on Africa. She worked as a journalist in South Africa from 1946 until her exile in the UK in 1964. She then became an editor, co-author and author of a large number of books, as well as a… Continue reading PoTW – Ruth First: Não Vamos Esquecer (We Will Not Forget)

#PoTW – BBC2: Origins; Influence; Audiences: A 50th Anniversary Conference

On the 20th April 1964 the BBC launched its second television channel: BBC2. Although the launch was a flop (due to a major power cut) the station soon became a fixture of UK broadcasting. This conference engages with the example of BBC2 in a contribution to the history of how, as well as what, we access… Continue reading #PoTW – BBC2: Origins; Influence; Audiences: A 50th Anniversary Conference

#PoTW – A State of Our Own: Second Independence, Federalism and the Decolonisation of the State in Africa

The lecture interrogates the intriguing features of statehood and politics in Africa. It argues that the decolonisation process in Africa is incomplete without the liberation of the state which retains its colonial cast and remains the locus and embodiment of colonisation. This process is already underway in different forms and at various stages all over… Continue reading #PoTW – A State of Our Own: Second Independence, Federalism and the Decolonisation of the State in Africa

PoTW – Virginia Woolf and Visual Culture

One-day conference hosted by the Institute of English Studies for the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain, incorporating the 16th AGM of the VWSGB Confirmed Speakers Wendy Hitchmough: Dr Wendy Hitchmough is the Head of Historic Buildings and Research at Historic Royal Palaces. For twelve years she was Curator at the Bloomsbury artists’ home, Charleston, in… Continue reading PoTW – Virginia Woolf and Visual Culture